Welcome to the Aiken Women's Heart Board! The Heart Board was founded by Mrs. Eleanor Bookstaver in 1968 after losing her mother to heart disease, with the goal of promoting heart health and research. The Board is comprised of 45 local women, and all monies earned and donated to the Board are donated to the American Heart Association. Mrs. Bookstaver passed away in 2012, but her vision lives on in the women of the Heart Board, who are dedicated to continuing her work.
Our main fund-raising activity is the Annual Benefit, a musical written and directed for more than 35 years by Jim Moore. The cast consists of local singing and acting talent, and members from local bands.
Tickets for the Benefit go on sale each year on November 1. See the Benefit and Ticket Information tab to learn how to purchase your tickets to this popular show which takes place in the Etherredge Center on the USCA campus.
On the third Wednesday each January, the Board hosts a Tea in a unique Aiken home. The Heart Tea is our way of thanking our patrons for their support of our winter Benefit and for them to pick up their pre-ordered tickets. They may also purchase Benefit tickets at the Tea. Non-patrons will be required to purchase a Tea ticket at the door. Information regarding the location of the Heart Tea will be available via the Aiken Standard or on this site in the fall.
Over the years the Aiken Women's Heart Board has donated more than $2,000,000 to the American Heart Association through the support of Aiken and surrounding communities.
Founder, Aiken Women's Heart Board
1925 - 2012
Aiken Women's Heart Board Officers 2016 - 2018
President - Rose Marie Eagerton Vice President - Donna Jones
Recording Secretary - Frances Reynolds Corresponding Secretary - Jean Geiger
Communications - Ava Hammond Treasurer - Anne Kelty
Nominating Chair - Linda Calhoun Membership Chair - Jo Ann Tripp
Publicity Chair - Midge Rothrock Properties Chair - Karen Guevara
Hospitality - Tommie Culligan Historian - Jennifer Parrot
Web Master - Leslie Wilson Summer Benefit Chair - Karen Wyont
2018 Tea Chair- Sandy Staiger 2018 Benefit Chair - Sandy Sublett
Past President - Teresa Haas Advisors - Ava Hammond and Teresa Haas