Women’s hearts heard through red dresses
St. Kate’s Medical Interest Group and St. Kate’s Fashion Association co-host the annual Little Red Dress event Saturday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. in Rauenhorst Ballroom, Coeur de Catherine, on the University’s St. Paul campus.
Organized by students, the Little Red Dress event features keynote speaker Megan Hicks, a Little Red Dress Fashion Show sponsored by the Fashion Association, and a silent auction. A survivor of congenital heart disease, Hicks is now a national activist for women’s heart health awareness.
The proceeds from the silent auction are donated to the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women program, which seeks to raise awareness of women’s heart health and provide support and preventive care to women with cardiovascular disease.
“Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women in the US,” says Brianne Hintsala ’16, secretary of the Medical Interest Group and chair of the decorations committee. “It kills more people than cancer.”
Little Red Dress is a semi-formal event where attendees can come as dressed up or down as they wish and visit activities, booths, and informational stations put on by student clubs. The Medical Interest Group has organized a series of heart health themed tables to provide deeper education to event-goers on heart health.
“We’re planning to have a heart physiology table this year that will provide information on how the heart functions properly," says Hintsala.
According to the Go Red for Women's website, their program also funds heart disease research in women because the research has historically focused on men. This oversight leaves a gap in knowledge about women’s heart disease risk factors among both medical professionals and women patients.
Last year, the Little Red Dress raised over $1000 in support of the Go Red for Women program. This year, the Medical Interest Group hopes to raise even more.
The event is open to the public. General admission tickets run $7; $5 for students, and are available online or at the door.