Hundreds of guests slipped into their fanciest dinner attire and headed to Kelowna’s fifth annual Red Dress gala. It was a sea of red at the Manteo Beach Resort this past October and it was all in the name of raising money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Heart disease used to be considered “a man’s disease”, but that has changed now, as men and women are both equally being diagnosed in Canada.
The beloved gala is a way to dress up in the brightest of reds, while reminding women of ways to reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke.
During the 2016 gala, 154 guests were treated to songs by Alexandra Babbel of Opera Kelowna, wine by The View, a silent auction and an energetic and beautiful fashion show. Well-known Kelowna residents strutted their stuff on the runway, including Ryan Donn, a councillor with the City of Kelowna. The models held up plaques during the show sharing who they were walking for. Of the nineteen models, four were survivors of heart disease themselves.