Red Dress Fashion Show Raises Awareness of Women & Heart Disease

January 19, 2009
– The Fourth Annual Red Dress Luncheon and Fashion Show will be held on Friday, February 6, 2009, at 11:30 am at The Country Club of Landfall. Hosted by the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Foundation, the Red Dress Luncheon raises money to fund outreach activities to educate and identify women at risk for heart disease in the Lower Cape Fear region.

Contributions from the 2008 event exceeded $68,000. The money helped fund awareness pamphlets and 251 cholesterol screenings through New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s Coastal Care Van. Of those screened, 168 were flagged as "at risk" for heart disease. The tests performed in the Coastal Care Van included: total cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL, and LDL. At least sixty-seven percent of participants had at least one risk factor for heart disease based on the cholesterol check alone. Heart disease is the number one cause of death among women. Each year, nearly 500,000 women die from cardiovascular disease. The luncheon is held in February as part of national "Heart Disease Awareness Month” activities.

The 2009 Red Dress Luncheon and Fashion Show will feature the theme of “Stories from the Heart.” Maggie McLamb, M.A., L.P.C. will share her experiences as a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice in Wilmington. Maggie teaches classes at the cardiac rehabilitation program at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. She also created a program called "The Heart Mind Connection," to help cardiac patients with their emotional recovery and to learn how to thrive while living with heart disease.

Miss U.S.A 2005, Chelsea Cooley Altman will emcee the fashion show. Models in the show include local heart disease patients wearing clothing from area merchants.

In addition to the Red Dress Luncheon and Fashion Show, the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Foundation is sponsoring an educational program for health care providers on February 5 in the SEAHEC Auditorium of New Hanover Regional Medical Center. There will be two sessions: 1:00 and 2:15 pm. The program will help providers understand the subtle signs of heart disease in women so they can help them get the help they need sooner. The program, also headlined by Maggie McLamb, will be simulcast to Cape Fear Hospital, Pender Memorial Hospital and Dosher Memorial Hospital.

Ticket and sponsorship information is available through the NHRMC Foundation at 910-815-5002.