This month I am turning over my blogging to share the work of my colleagues from Kogod Women in Business. This month on February 4th, KWIB hosted a benefit for the American Heart Association with a Red Dress cocktail party. It was an incredible night, and hugely inspiring.
RED DRESS BENEFIT PROVES A GREAT SUCCESS
By: Liuba Sivokhina and Suzie Jang
The Red Dress Benefit, a charitable event co-organized by the American Heart Association and the Kogod Women in Business (KWIB), drew a large crowd last Friday, February 4th. Attended by Kogod MBA students and friends, Red Dress was by far one of the most successful and well-attended events KWIB hosted in recent months.
It’s not just the good cause – raising funds for women’s heart health – that made Red Dress Benefit special. Red dress attire, light hors d’oeuvres, and soft jazz music playing in the background all created a lively and relaxed atmosphere, making it a perfect DC socialite event.
The Red Dress Benefit took place at the Marriott Courtyard at Dupont Circle. The centrally-located venue was kindly donated by Marc Duber, an AU alumnus and Managing Director of Consortium Capital.
The event included notable speakers –Patty MacEwan, Vice President of corporate relations for the American Heart Association and China Terrell, 33-year-old corporate attorney and a heart disease survivor.
MacEwan introduced the American Heart Association and stressed the importance of heart disease awareness among young women in her speech. China, a passionate and charismatic speaker, shared a personal story of struggle and then triumph over cardiovascular disease. China’s struggle showed that heart disease can affect anyone regardless of age and gender. She also stressed that cardiovascular disease affects women differently from men and that it’s imperative young women stay informed and get regular medical check-ups to stay “heart healthy”.
Attendees enjoyed some great door prizes provided by the Washington RedSkins, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Frosting A Cupcakery, and The Tasting Room, Maryland’s premier wine bar and restaurant. One of the special prizes included a cap autographed by DeAngelo Hall, a celebrity cornerback for the Washington RedSkins.
The Event is Likely to Become an Annual Tradition
Given the success of the Red Dress Benefit, KWIB hopes to host more of these events. “We are hoping to make it an annual event”, says Kristen Owen, a first-year MBA student and Vice President of Finance at KWIB in an interview. “Next year we’ll definitely work on scale”, says Owen. “To really make it the size for years to come…” According to Owen, next year KWIB will work with a consortium of universities in Washington DC to make it happen.