Barbra Streisand Raises Funds to Fight Women’s Heart Disease
There are many things that someone like Barbra Streisand can do with her time. Travel the world. Sing before thousands of adoring fans. Go on a shopping spree. But on June 14, this legendary singer chose to do something extremely worthwhile – raise funds to help fight women’s heart disease.
Ms. Streisand hosted an intimate evening in her Malibu home on June 14, with former President Bill Clinton – someone who is no stranger to heart disease – as guest of honor. The event is the biggest fund-raiser yet for the Barbra Streisand Women’s Cardiovascular Research and Education Program, created by Ms. Streisand in 2008 to fund work at the Women’s Heart Center of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
The event included a performance by Ms. Streisand as well as other notable artists, including Josh Groban and David Foster. A ticket to the event cost $100,000 per couple, and guests got to enjoy a heart-healthy vegan menu along with the performances.
Barbra had this to say about heart disease, which kills more American women annually than it does men: “It’s an epidemic… Women don’t have the chest pains or left-arm pains. They come in to the hospital with nausea and fatigue, but we don’t have the proper diagnostic techniques or machinery because the research in the past 50 years has been done on men.”
Women’s Heart Center director-cardiologist Noel Bairey Merz shared that the endowment from Barbra Streisand fills in the funding gaps when federal grants and other government funding are dropped. Ms. Streisand shared: “I endowed the program for every woman and for every man who has a woman in his life – his daughter, his wife, his sister, or mother.”Tags: Barbra Streisand fund raising, Barbra Streisand heart health, Barbra Streisand Women’s Cardiovascular Research and Education Program