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Woman's Day Presents the Sixth Annual 'Red Dress Awards' Honoring Women Making Strides in the Fight Against Heart Disease

Event to Benefit The Larry King Cardiac Foundation

NEW YORK, Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Woman's Day magazine's 6th Annual Red Dress Awards will commemorate American Heart Month by honoring three outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to the fight against heart disease, the number one killer of women today.

This year's Red Dress Awards will be held on Wednesday, February 11th at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Allen Room. The View's Joy Behar will emcee the event, along with segment host Samantha Harris of The Insider and Dancing with the Stars. This year's event will feature special performances by Robin Thicke and Joan Osborne.

One of the Award's sponsors, Campbell Soup Company is teaming up with "30 Rock" star and heart health advocate Jane Krakowski and fashion icon Nicole Miller to help raise funds and awareness for the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women movement. Miller designed three one-of-a-kind red dresses and people can vote for their favorite dress at through February 6. Each vote will trigger a $1 donation from Campbell to the cause (up to $275,000). Krakowski will unveil the winning dress at this year's Red Dress Awards ceremony. Following the event, people can click on the winning dress online to continue the contributions to the cause throughout the month.

This year's event will not only honor those making a difference in the fight against heart disease, but will also give others the chance to make a difference. Tickets for the event are available by calling (212) 767-6300. All proceeds from the event will be donated to The Larry King Cardiac Foundation. Established in 1988 by Larry King, the Foundation provides funding for life saving cardiac procedures for individuals who, due to limited means and no insurance, would be otherwise unable to receive lifesaving treatment.

"Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women and actually kills more women than men each year," said Jane Chesnutt, editor-in-chief of Woman's Day. "Woman's Day is deeply committed to making women aware of their risk, and to helping them protect themselves. Through the Red Dress Awards, we are proud to honor those who are truly making a difference in awareness and treatment."

The 2009 Woman's Day Red Dress Award recipients are:

  • Representative Lois Capps, RN. Prior to joining Congress in 1998, Rep. Capps (D-California) worked as a nurse in Santa Barbara public schools for 20 years. When it comes to heart disease, she understands that educating women solves just part of the problem. That's why she wrote the Heart for Women Act, which has passed in the House and will hopefully be enacted this year. This bipartisan bill will give grants to teach health care professionals about preventing and treating cardiovascular diseases in women, provide gender and race-specific information for researchers, and expand WISEWOMEN, a program sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control that offers heart-disease screening for low-income and uninsured women.

  • Patrice Desvigne-Nickens, MD. The Heart Truth, a campaign from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to educate women about preventing heart disease, wouldn't be the same without the tireless work of Dr. Desvigne-Nickens. As the leader of the NHLBI's Cardiovascular Medicine Scientific Research Group, she helped plan the NHLBI's national initiative, which has been crucial in raising heart disease awareness among women. A trusted advisor to many Heart Truth partners, such as WomenHeart and the American Heart Association, Dr. Desvigne-Nickens is considered a "go-to" person for ideas on how to advance women's heart-health issues and programs.

  • Rose Marie Robertson, M.D. Chief science officer of the American Heart Association, Dr. Robertson coauthored the AHA's Scientific Statement on Evidence-Based Guidelines for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Women (2004) and has played a key role in developing and promoting the Go Red for Women program. While she was president of the AHA (2000-2001), they partnered with the Office of the Surgeon General, making the AHA's work to reduce deaths from coronary heart disease by 25% by 2010 possible -- a goal that was actually reached in 2008. In addition to her work with the AHA, Dr. Robertson was professor at Vanderbilt's Women's Health Center, where she established Vanderbilt's Women's Heart Center.

In addition, this year's Red Dress Awards, will recognize Swarovski, for their outstanding commitment to fighting heart disease. Swarovski was one of the first companies to get involved with the cause, when they created the first red dress pin, made from Swarovski crystals in 2003. Over the years, Swarovski has donated more than $1.6 million to the cause through partnerships with the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women and the NHLBI's Heart Truth Campaign. Each honoree will receive a Swarovski Red Dress designed award at the ceremony.

Honorees will be featured in the March 3rd issue of Woman's Day, on newsstands February 10th. For more information on Woman's Day Red Dress Awards, log onto

This year's event is sponsored by: Campbell Soup Company, the maker's of St. Joseph Aspirin, and St. Jude Medical and Conair and BaByliss PRO.

About Woman's Day

Published by Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. (HFM U.S.) (, Woman's Day is the trusted resource for more than 22 million women, helping them to Live Well Every Day. From looking and feeling their best, to cooking a great meal or creating a loving home -- Woman's Day meets the essential needs of its readers with both substance and style. Publishing 17 issues each year, the magazine inspires women with information they can use to enhance the quality of their days, and ultimately, the quality of their lives. ( launched a new redesign this Fall making it easier for users to find and navigate through information about looking and feeling good, creating a beautiful home, preparing great meals, WD Giveaways and forums. New content is updated daily. Woman's Day also provides enhanced mobile tools including the popular Woman's Day Recipe Finder function for its readers and advertisers through the WD Mobile website available to all mobile users at or via the Verizon, Sprint and Bell Mobility carrier content portals. Separately, the mobile site offers an iPhone-optimized Recipe Finder site available at HFM U.S. is part of Lagardere's ( media division Lagardere Active, a producer of special interest content in over 40 countries.

About The Larry King Cardiac Foundation

Larry King launched the Foundation in 1988 after suffering from a heart attack and undergoing bypass surgery. Since its inception, the Foundation has established unique partnerships with premier medical centers throughout the nation in order to identify and treat qualified candidates. In order to benefit as many patients as possible, the Foundation has placed major emphasis on securing medical supplies at low or no cost, and negotiating reduced rates with clinics and hospitals in order to assist as many patients as possible.

About Campbell Soup Company

Campbell Soup Company is a global manufacturer and marketer of high-quality foods and simple meals, including soup, baked snacks, and healthy beverages. Founded in 1869, the company has a portfolio of market-leading brands, including "Campbell's," "Pepperidge Farm," "Arnott's," and "V8." For more information on the company, visit Campbell's website at

About ST. JOSEPH(R) Aspirin

McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. markets a broad range of well-known and trusted over-the-counter (OTC) products around the globe, including ST. JOSEPH(R) Adult Regimen Aspirin, TYLENOL(R) (acetaminophen) products, BENADRYL(R) allergy medicines, IMODIUM(R) A-D anti-diarrheal; MOTRIN(R) IB, SUDAFED(R) and SUDAFED PE(R) nasal decongestants; and ZYRTEC(R) allergy medicines for adults and children. ST. JOSEPH(R) Aspirin only comes in one low 81mg dose for adult regimen aspirin heart therapy as recommended by a doctor. To learn more about ST. JOSEPH(R) aspirin, visit

About St. Jude Medical, Inc.

St. Jude Medical develops medical technology and services and focuses on putting more control into the hands of those who treat cardiac, neurological and chronic pain patients worldwide. The company is dedicated to advancing the practice of medicine by reducing risk wherever possible and contributing to successful outcomes for every patient. Headquartered in St. Paul, Minn., St. Jude Medical employs approximately 14,000 people worldwide and has five major focus areas that include: cardiac rhythm management, atrial fibrillation, cardiac surgery, cardiology and neuromodulation. For more information, please visit

About Conair Corporation

Conair began in 1959 as a small hair appliance and hair care company. Today Conair is a multinational corporation with annual gross sales of $2 billion. Headquartered in East Windsor, New Jersey, with sales and marketing operations in Stamford, Connecticut, Conair is respected around the world as one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of personal care and professional products, grooming, health and beauty products, and premium kitchen electrics and cookware. Conair products currently sell in 85 countries on five continents. For more information about Conair Corporation, please log onto

About BaByliss PRO

Founded in France 50 years ago, the BaByliss name is synonymous with professional caliber styling tools in the European markets. Conair acquired BaByliss in 1995 and continues to expand this prestigious brand worldwide. BaByliss PRO offers several lines of superior professional styling tools including dryers, straighteners, curling irons, hot rollers and more, from ionic ceramic models to top of the line BaByliss PRO TT Tourmaline 500(TM) line. State-of-the-art technology and design are the hallmark of this world leader in hair care products. BaByliss PRO empowers stylists by creating the ultimate tools of the trade.

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