Nevada Ballet presents their spring fashion sponsored Neiman Marcus and featuring collections from top fashion designers. Ken Downing, Fashion Director at Neiman Marcus emceed the show, "The Trend Report Spring 2012".
Vintner Grill on the Strip hosted the luncheon and benefit for Nevada Ballet Theatre with several VIP guests in attendance including co-hosts Audra Henley and Joele Corrigan. Other guests among the crowd included Wendy Plaster, Farid Matraki, Dr. Sonja Saltman, Madeleine Andress, Nancy Houssels, Beth Barbre and Beth Schwartz of Luxury Las Vegas Magazine.
Event photographed by Las Vegas Photographer Chezaray
The 7th Annual Go Red For Women luncheon hosted by the Las Vegas American Heart Association was held at the Rio Hotel and Casino
The luncheon event was about fun, inspiration, passion and power to increase awareness about heart disease and stroke, the number one killer of women each year.
National sponsors for the mid-morning event included Macy's department store and Merck Pharmaceuticals. The fun began with a silent auction and pre-reception and for those daring enough there was a tantalizing photo op with a couple of bare chested Chippendale dancers from the hit show staged nightly at the Rio Hotel.
Go Red For Women chairwoman Dawn Gibbons told me the key message for today is to be heart healthy. "There are really no signs when we have a damaged heart, so we have to take care of our own bodies. All these booths here are to educate young women, and all women alike to be heart healthy."
Mistress of Ceremonies Maria Mortera, anchor at KSNV News 3 opened the program separating myths from reality with respect to commonly held beliefs about heart disease. "We all have women, mothers sisters, aunts cousins, friends that we love and we care about them so much and we want to pass along this information to them, in case there is someone like me who just didn't realize it was such an affecting issue," said Mortera.
Passion Speaker, Mary Jackson followed up with an emotional speech about her very personal experience with heart disease and her ongoing fight for survival.
"We all need a reminder from time to time about taking care of ourselves and I can see by your faces that you are great people and you care dramatically about each other and your families, and today is our chance to make that difference." said Jackson.
Keynote Speaker Dr. Mitchel Foreman delivered a resonating message of truth that ended with a tried and true prescription for reducing stress and anxiety - a healthy dose of laughter.
Showcasing a couple of musical tunes from his Tuesday night show at the Palms Vegas entertainer Rick Faugno performed while guests dined on a meal of baby spinach salad, an entree featuring a pan seared chicken breast with herb quinoa, braised artichokes, baby carrots, haricot verts, and an english peas puree. The dessert course of late harvest sabayon with mixed berries and whipping cream earned the heart healthy lunch a Weight Watchers total value of just 17 PointsPlus.
Several Las Vegas Circle of Red members and supporters were in attendance including Mindy Slovick, Mary Jackson, Anne Aniello, Mark Krevosh, AnneMarie Jones, Seema Siddiqui, Megan Medick, Lauralyn McCarthy, Starla Lacy and Beverly Rogers and 2013 chairwoman Patti Hart.
Sharing stories of loss and survival each and everyone taking part in today's luncheon were on a mission to fight this disease through education, encouragement and fundraising for research.
According to the American Heart Association, more women over the age of 20 die of heart disease than the next four causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer, killing approximately one woman every minute.
If you would like to find out what you can do to support the Las Vegas Go Red For Women or the Las Vegas American Heart Association visit them on the web or call the local office at (702) 367-1366
This inaugural Queen of Hearts event promises to be the first of many more to come and will recognize and give honors to one National Queen, eight local community leaders and one teenager who will receive the honorable title, "Queen in the Making."
Speaking about the inspiration for the Inaugural Queen of Hearts event, Lied Discovery Children's Museum board member and chair of the event Carrie Henderson said, "We are always looking to collaborate with the different individuals and corporations in our community and also honor the women that have done such incredible work. Some of the ladies being honored are also some of the original founders of the museum and they will continue to support us in our brand new home when we make the move to the Smith Center, at which time the name will be change to Discovery Children's Museum."