Aiken Women's Heart Board


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 of each January, the Board hosts a Tea in a unique Aiken home.  The Tea is open to all, and is an opportunity for people to pick up pre-ordered tickets for the up-coming Benefit Show as well as to purchase tickets for the show.  Information regarding the location of the Annual 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 $1.9 million dollars to the American Heart Association through the support of Aiken and surrounding communities.

                                                  Eleanor Bookstaver

                                                                         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 - Kristina Giffin        Corresponding Secretary - Jean Geiger             

Communications - Ava Hammond            Treasurer - Anne Kelty

Nominating Chair - Linda Calhoun            Membership Chair - Frances Reynolds

Publicity Chair - Midge Rothrock               Properties Chair - Karen Guevara        

Hospitality - Tommie Culligan                   Historian - Jennifer Parrot

Web Master - Leslie Wilson                      Summer Benefit Chair - Linda Poulson

2018 Tea Chair- Sandy Staiger                2018 Benefit Chair - Sandy Sublett

Past President - Teresa Haas                   Advisors - Kristina Giffin and Teresa Haas