If you follow us on Instagram, you probably already know that we’re working with Go Red For Women and that we spent a few days in New York last week.
Our mission in working with Go Red For Women is simple … help raise awareness that heart disease is the leading killer of women in the United States, and that the vast majority of cases are preventable. That’s a tough message NOT to get behind. Especially for someone raising a daughter …
Our trip was spectacular in every way, but the event we were there to be a part of, the Red Dress Collection, was an experience we’ll always cherish. The Red Dress Collection is a fashion show that takes place as part of the kickoff for New York Fashion Week in February, and features celebrities walking the runway in, you guessed it, red dresses. But the event is SO much more than just a runway show.
Mayhem’s role in the event was absolutely perfect for her! She was part of the backstage and red carpet event and was treated just like any of the other talent who was volunteering their time to this amazing cause. Upon our arrival backstage at Lincoln Center, Mayhem was checked in, and given a Go Red robe to wear backstage for hair and makeup, just like the other women. It was pretty much priceless to watch her be the only one wearing a robe with a train
Once she was dressed in her own red dress, we made our way over to the little Mayhem “stage” where two mannequins were dressed in some of our paper dresses. It’s where the Go Red Mayhem game was set to take place, and Mayhem’s job was to play the role of game show host. Contestants had one minute to pull sparkly red hearts from a fishbowl and answer the questions/do the dare printed on the backside of the heart. Whoever was able to complete the most in one minute would be crowned the Queen of Hearts.
And it was AWESOME!
While the backstage area was buzzing with small talk, picture taking, interviews, and general star-struckedness (add that to the dictionary, would ya), the Go Red Mayhem game easily became the most engaging place to be. It was FUN. And everyone from adults to kids (VIP guests), guests to executives to celebrities all came to play.
It was the perfect way to engage a five-year-old in an event. And that seemed to be one of the messages the entire team wanted to convey. There’s an importance in having women of ALL ages supporting and educating/being educated on heart health. It was beautiful to see women ranging in age from Mayhem to Barbara Eden all volunteering to lend a hand and their voices to tackle this issue together.
We got to spend some time chatting with executives from Go Red For Women, the American Heart Association and Macy’s (presenting sponsor) and everyone was so passionate about empowering women to know more about heart disease. The energy in that backstage area was truly infectious. In a very good way
Mayhem also spent a few minutes on the red carpet with Laura Bell Bundy as part of the live stream event, and speaking purely from a gushing mom point of view, I couldn’t have been more proud. I would’ve been shaking in my boots, but she handled herself like a five-year-old pro.
After that, it was show time. Watching the women having a blast strutting their stuff on the runway to a more than packed house, was too much fun. And all too soon, it was over.
The backstage area soon became an flurry of hugs, high fives and goodbyes. But if there’s one impression that’s lasting in my mind, it’s that seeing all of these women come together and use their influence to spread awareness for heart disease in women, shows how truly big their hearts are.
I can’t begin to explain how honored we were to take part in this event and how much we believe in the cause. We encourage each and every one of you to visit Go Red For Women to learn more about the symptoms of heart disease in women (it’s different than men). It may very well save your life, or that of someone you love <3.
Oh, and the Queen of Hearts was indeed crowned:
And she couldn’t have been more deserving as she made Mayhem laugh herself silly.