NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--On February 12, 2019, Woman’s Day will celebrate its 16th annual Red Dress Awards, recognizing advocates and organizations helping American women take charge of their heart health. Actress, comedian and New York Times best-selling author Ali Wentworth will host and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Ann Wilson of Heart will headline the event, held at The Appel Room at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York. Woman’s Day is proud to partner with sponsors: Northwell Health; Don’t Miss a Beat; Novartis; Rosa Regale Sparkling Red Wine; Lands’ End; Lenox; and public health partner, NIH’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, for this year’s event.
“For 16 years, Woman’s Day and the Red Dress Awards have been leading the crusade against heart disease—the number one killer of women in the country,” Woman’s Day Editor-in-Chief Susan Spencer said. “This year, we are honored to recognize four remarkable honorees and five Live Longer and Stronger Challenge participants for the work they are doing toward our shared mission: to give women the tools and support they need to improve their heart health and their lives.”
The American Heart Association will present a Red Dress Award to Angela Bassett, internationally acclaimed actress, director, and producer. Woman’s Day will also honor the following heart health advocates: Chandra Wilson, actor, director and philanthropist; Mary Norine Walsh, M.D., F.A.C.C., medical director of the Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation Program and director of Nuclear Cardiology at St. Vincent Heart Center.
GirlTrek, founded in 2010 by social activists T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison, will receive the 2019 National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Healthy Heart Award, presented by Dr. Gary H. Gibbons, director, NHLBI. GirlTrek encourages women to use walking as a practical first step to inspire healthy living, families and communities. With nearly 100,000 neighborhood walkers, GirlTrek is the largest public health nonprofit for African-American women and girls in the United States.
The Awards will feature additional performances from singer and songwriter Alexa Ray Joel and performing arts group Cobu, who will open the show. Actor Susan Lucci will also make a special onstage appearance.
The awards ceremony will be attended by participants taking part in the sixth annual Woman’s Day Live Longer and Stronger Challenge and their mentors, Joy Bauer, the “TODAY” show nutritionist and Woman’s Day columnist, and experts from Northwell Health. These five women have turned their health around over the last eight months, losing nearly 150 pounds collectively and lowering their blood pressure and cholesterol. Neiman Marcus Last Call will dress the women on the evening of the awards to celebrate their transformations.
The 2019 Red Dress Award honorees will be featured in the March issue of Woman’s Day, on newsstands February 12. For more information on the Woman’s Day Red Dress Awards, visit www.womansday.com/reddressawards. Supporters can follow the awards on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #RedDressAwards.
The Awards are being produced for the tenth consecutive year by Scott Mauro Entertainment, Inc. / Scott Mauro, Executive Producer.
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