- The Inn at East Wind in Wading River was transformed into a sea of red last Friday night, as more than 200 women of all ages donned red cocktail attire in support of the eighth annual Red Dress Dinner for Heart Disease Awareness.
Nancy Kouris with her husband Keith and daughters Christina and Noelle. (Nicole A. Flotteron)
founded the group eight years ago as a way to get together with some girlfriends from the gym. "I had found out that at the time I had high blood lipids, high triglycerides, and high blood pressure. It was kind of a shock to me because I was doing everything right. I was eating right and I was exercising," explained Kouris, "Looking into it, I found out that heart disease was the number one killer of women and I wanted to let all of my girlfriends know that even though we're doing all the right things, we still are at risk for heart disease."
After Laura Bush
announced the red dress as the symbol of heart disease awareness for women, Kouris decided it would be fun to have a red dress get together with her girlfriends. What started as the first red dress dinner eight years ago with 32 women, has grown into one of the most enjoyed events on the East End, and this year, was attended by over 200 women. "The red dress means be aware of your risk," explained Kouris.
This year, Kouris partnered with the American Heart Association
, and the dinner became an official fundraiser. "What it is, is just girlfriends, telling girlfriends, telling sisters. It's a girls night out," said Kouris, "The reason it's ladies only is that the ladies have a really good time when they don't have to worry about their significant other. Everyone really enjoys getting dressed up and doing their hair and make-up for themselves, not for someone else."
The ballroom at East Wind was beautifully decorated all in red, and each table of 10 adorned with fabulous themed centerpieces and gift bags for each guest. After being treated to delicious appetizers and cocktails, the women enjoyed a full dinner, and danced the night away on the large ballroom dance floor. "It's a lot of laughing and girlfriend bonding!" said Kouris of the evening. The ladies also participated in a 50/50 raffle, as well as a chance to wind a grand prize overnight stay and couples massage at the Inn at East Wind.
Five ladies wearing the same red dress. (Courtesy Photo: John Barbella)
According to a national survey, only a third of women know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for women. One in three female adults has some form of cardio vascular disease. Since 1984, the number of deaths from CVD for females has exceeded those for males. One in two women in the United States will die of heart disease or stroke, while one in 30 dies of breast cancer. The good news is women have tremendous power to prevent heart disease. Knowing personal risk factors, leading a healthy lifestyle, managing weight and non-smoking are all paths to better health.
Leaders and members of NYCREW Network, the New York chapter of Commercial Real Estate joined communications director and Board Member Faith Hope Consolo
, co-chair of the Go Red for Women Luncheon, at the American Heart Association's annual fundraiser. Joining some 1,500 attendees at the luncheon were Kennetha Pettus
of the Unified New Cassel Community Revitalization Corp., Christine Chipurnoi
of Wells Fargo
; Barbara E. Champoux
, Esq. of Crowell & Moring; Theresa Garelli
; Karen Dome
; Dottie Cunningham
; Leila Larijani
of UBS, and Lucy Carter
of Ted Moudis Associates.
NYCREW Network, the original New York area chapter of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women, a national organization of over 8,000 commercial real estate professionals), was founded in 2001 to advance the success of women in commercial real estate through opportunity, influence and power. During the past 10 years, NYCREW has provided its members with the skills and opportunities to achieve success in commercial real estate, encouraging doing business together in collaboration rather than competition. Comprised of senior and rising professionals from a broad range of disciplines within the commercial real estate industry, such as: financial services; asset and property management; developers; owners and operators; investment and property brokerage firms; and appraisers, accountants, architects, attorneys and other consultants, NYCREW members are also active in a wide range of industry segments, such as hospitality, industrial, office, retail, mixed use, transportation, etc.
For more information go to www.nycrew.org
Leaders and members of NYCREW Network Faith Hope Consolo (fifth from left), co-chair of the Go Red for Women Luncheon, and from left: Kennetha Pettus, Christine Chipurnoi; Barbara E. Champoux, Esq., Theresa Garelli; Consolo, Karen Dome, Dottie Cunningham, Leila Larijani, and Lucy Carter. (Courtesy Photo: Howard Wechsler)