Did you know that heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 women’s deaths each year, killing one woman every 80 seconds? As a heart attack survivor, this is a subject near and dear to me and I am passionate about empowering women to better educate themselves so we can cut these dramatic numbers down.
That’s why I’m so proud and excited to share with you all the news and the success of my recent Fall in Love with Fashion event, benefitting the American Heart Association of Orange County. The location, at the Renaissance ClubSport in Aliso Viejo, was the perfect setting. Not only do they have a fabulous hotel, restaurant and event facilities, but they have a dedication to supporting health and fitness, offering a gorgeous gym that members can use for workouts or amazing classes from spin, to yoga, to boxing.
Originally, the event was going to be held outside under the stars, however due to the weather we had to make a last minute transition indoors. My team and the entire staff at Renaissance were amazing – I can’t believe how well they pulled off all those last-minute changes without breaking a sweat to make sure the evening was a success. My biggest applause and gratitude goes out to them for a job well done. I want to personally thank Event Manager Venna Chu, Director of Membership Taylor Scott, and Edson Hong for making this entire event happen!
Overall, the night was a fabulous success. We had over 150 guests attending who made the night even more special by generously participating in the silent auctions, giveaways and everything we did to raise awareness and raise funds for the AHA and education about heart disease. I could not have done this with out the support of AHA key players and that is Esther Ahn – Business Development Director and KatrinaRoseil – Business Development Coordinator.
My special guest, Ann Phillips, shared her personal story of surviving a stroke at the age of 40, and I shared my personal story of being a heart attack survivor, letting everyone there know my personal commitment to this issue. The fashion show featured my favorite type of models – real women from the real world – who walked the runway wearing the hottest fashions for fall, including:
- Sexy fitness clothing from Mia Brazilia
- Fall styles from Betinnis for a more casual day look for everyone from busy moms to professionals on the go
- Dazzling evening looks, also from Betinnis, for special nights out
- Show-stopping gowns perfect for the red carpet by international celebrity designer Cheri Elizabeth.
I felt fabulous all night long wearing a beautiful one-of-a-kind couture gown by IONICA that was just featured on the runway at New York Fashion Week. And I have to say that everyone looked their best thanks to the efforts of our hair and makeup team from V Salon in Laguna Beach. Our lead stylist Georgina Mohseni put together the most amazing team for our models, including salon owner Greg Verbenec.
Energy was high and everyone was having fun, set to the wonderful tunes of our incredible Master of Ceremony / DJ from Classy Fun DJ Entertainment. The silent auction, featuring donations from many amazing companies and people, helped raise money for the AHA.
Fabulous appetizers and cocktails were provided by Renaissance, and attendees were also treated to sweet, delicious, heart-healthy protein truffles from Fitgazm that CEO/Founder Drew Rob personally handed out to our guests. Before and after the runway event, guests were also able to visit our incredible pop-up shops featuring Lebrisa Designs, Belle Boutique, Faux LaLa Boutique, Please Notes, JJ Collection and Janet Barnett Photography.
And here’s my latest news I’m excited to share! AHA was so pleased with the show and the support we raised on their behalf that they’ve asked me to serve as the Chairperson for their Social Committee for their prestigious Heart/Stroke Ball in October of 2018. I accepted, of course, and will share all of the preparations, news, and updates with you as we go.
In closing, I have to share this thought: The more women know about heart disease, the better we have a chance of beating it. Eighty percent of cardiac and stroke events have the potential to be prevented with education and action. This event was perfect opportunity to rally support for the American Heart Association and empower ourselves with the knowledge to help women become more aware of the risks and resources available for us all.
Thank you all for your support, contributions, and warm wishes that helped me make this dream come true. I couldn’t have done it without you!