Heart disease is a community and national issue as it continues to be the number one leading cause of death for women in America. Only 1 in 5 American women believe that heart disease is her greatest health threat.

YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts hosted its 17th Annual Red Dress Event at the Century House in Acushnet, MA on February 27th, 2020. The event raises funds to support our Community Health Workers, who provide heart-health education and spread awareness on heart disease throughout the Southcoast region, primarily serving women of color, older women and low-income women. This program also assists women with obtaining health screenings necessary for them to identify their own personal risk. Dr. Patricia Andrade captivated the audience with her keynote address, and afterwards everyone enjoyed a full course meal, a variety of auction items, raffles, music, networking, and, of course, the fashion show!

A special thank you to our Coco Chanel Title Sponsor: Southcoast Health!

We thank all of the businesses and organizations who sponsored and donated to the event, models, escorts, Red Dress fashion boutiques, guests, Red Dress Committee, DJ Jordan Paiva, Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School Music Club, Photographer Kelsey Garcia, Photographer Andrew Gallagher, Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School and UMass Dartmouth Fashion Design students who designed dresses for the event, Monaghan’s Printing Company for donating the tickets and flyers, and printing all marketing materials, YWCA staff, volunteers and Board of Directors for working together to make this event a huge success. We could not have made this possible without all of you!

Click here to view photos taken by Kelsey Garcia Photography and by Andrew Gallagher Photography!