Red Dress Collection℠ 2014

Red Dress Collection℠ 2014


– [Voiceover] Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the Chief Executive Officer of the American Heart
Association, Nancy Brown, and Macy’s Chief Marketing
Officer, Martine Reardon. – Good evening, and welcome. I’m Nancy Brown, and on behalf of the American Heart
Association, I want to say what an honor it is to co-present this evening’s Red Dress Collection, 2014, with the Heart Truth campaign of the National Heart,
Lung, and Blood Institute. I’d also like to give very special thanks to the Director of the
NHLBI, Doctor Gary Gibbons. (applause) Since creating the iconic red dress symbol in 2002, the Heart Truth
has played a leading role in national efforts to
raise women’s awareness of heart disease. The American Heart Association
launched Go Red For Women in 2004, and now, after a decade, we’re proud to say that
we’ve reached millions of women across the nation
with the same urgent message that heart disease is their
number one health threat. Now that our organizations
are joining forces, I know we can achieve even more on behalf of the 43 million women
who currently are effected by heart disease, and in the future, we can help many more women prevent the development of heart disease. I’d like to give thanks to
this evening’s sponsors, Macy’s and Subway. Your support and generosity mean so much to all of us who are committed to overcoming heart disease in women. Standing with me is Martine Reardon, who represents the founding sponsor of Go Red For Women, Macy’s. Martine. (applause) – Thank you, Nancy, and thank you, everyone. It makes me so proud to stand here before you tonight as a
representative of Macy’s, the founding sponsor of Go Red For Women. With 800 stores nationwide,
and a 170,000 employees across the country, everyone at Macy’s is dedicated to improving
women’s heart health, and at the centerpiece is our decade-long national sponsorship for Go Red For Women. Since the start of the movement, in 2004, we have donated more than $46 million to this cause, and we celebrate that great progress that has been made in that time. This evening, as we are surrounded by so many of the world’s
leaders in fashion, I am so pleased to announce Macy’s Fashion Incubator program. This non-profit initiative
provides six emerging designers from Chicago, Philadelphia,
and San Francisco with resources to launch their careers. This includes work space, mentoring, workshops for each designer, plus, opportunities to
establish relationships with a network of industry professionals while growing their business. In fact, three of them
are here with us tonight. They are Annina King, Sarah Liller, and Lagi Nadeau, who, in fact, designed
my dress here tonight, so thank you, Lagi, for doing that for us. (applause) Also in the audience are three incredibly wonderful
women with heart disease who are here wearing
dresses tonight from Macy’s, where all the proceeds from those dresses will go back to the
research for heart disease. So, for these wonderful women who are here in the audience tonight, I salute you and we love that you’re here with us and we honor you and we hope you continue to fight this really incredible disease. So thank you for being here, and I hope you all enjoy the show, and I’m gonna turn it back to Nancy. – Thank you, Martine. In addition to being a well-known
television personality, Star Jones is an attorney, a former prosecutor, a best-selling author, and a philanthropist. But the credential she is
most proud to talk about is that she is a survivor
of heart disease, a spokesperson for Go Red For Women, and the 2011 recipient of the
American Heart Association’s National Volunteer of the Year award. She has pledged to make heart health her mission in life, and her work on our behalf has been
nothing short of remarkable. In case she doesn’t know it already, I want her to know how deeply we appreciate her support. And now, it’s my honor to introduce to you the face of heart disease, Star Jones. (applause) – Thank you, Nancy, thank you, Martine, thank you, everyone. Nancy, really, serving as
AHA’s National Volunteer is my honor. As many of you know, I’m a heart disease survivor, someone who has benefited personally from the work of the AHA. To be honest, I always thought that heart disease was an
old white dude’s disease. That’s what I saw on television. Hell, I probably put
some of the stories on. It certainly didn’t happen
to newly skinny black women who had it going on, or at least thought they had it going on. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Instead, I was the very
face of heart disease. Even though I felt and looked great, if I say so myself, I was experiencing what I now know are the classic symptoms of heart disease, frequent, intense heart palpitations, light-headedness, shortness of breath, and extreme fatigue. I needed open-heart surgery, and I’m talking the real kind where they crack your chest open and take your heart out of your body, and it scared the crap outta me. But I knew I had to be strong, so I got focused and I became determined, and yes, at times, I was terrified. Anyone who goes through cardiac surgery and tells you they are not
scared is lying to you. We’re all human. But fortunately, even though my doctor stopped my heart for 22
minutes on the operating table, I made it through open-heart surgery without any complications. I was lucky. No, more like blessed, and today, I am a survivor. (applause) During my recovery, I made a commitment to use whatever platform
I have in the public eye to raise awareness of
heart disease in women. I made it my mission to do what I know how to do, talk, to anyone who will listen, in hopes of inspiring action towards better heart health. You see, I learned late in life that my health is my greatest asset, and encouraging healthy living is my purpose in life. For she who has health has hope. And she who has hope has everything. Each one of us here tonight bring our personal experiences with heart disease with us. We are a strong and varied
fabric of heart disease, committed to wiping it out entirely. And now, on behalf of the
American Heart Assocation’s Go Red For Women, it is my honor to introduce the first ever showing of The Common Thread. Take a look. (applause) – [Voiceover] This is your heart. It looks small at first, but it’s more powerful than you think. On average, over your lifetime, your heart will beat more
than 2.5 billion times, but what is even more impressive are the connections it will make. Because the heart is
more than just an organ. It is what allows us to
connect to one another. We reach out because
we find greater meaning in a life that is shared,
and because we know there are questions we can’t answer alone. These connections allow us to grow together and fall in love. They teach us to trust
and challenge one another. They hold us up and pull us forward. They provide us with enough
love to build a family, and they give us the
strength to let them go. These connections are the
moments that define us. This is our common thread. We reinforce these bonds, as we can’t imagine life without them, but in reality, we might have to. Heart disease is responsible for one in three women’s deaths, killing more than all
forms of cancer combined. It doesn’t have to be this way. You can save the women in your life by telling them that heart disease is their number one killer. Don’t be silent. Talk about it. Pass it on as if your life depends on it. Because right now, at this very moment, someone’s life does. Who will you tell? Heart disease is no match for
the power of women’s voices. Raise yours at GoRedForWomen.org. (dance music) ♫ Apache man, Apache man ♫ Do you understand ♫ When I speak in several tongues ♫ I’m telling you you’re my man ♫ But this battle ain’t being won ♫ Apache man, Apache man, ♫ You’re doing the can-can ♫ Where you can ♫ Those tiger feet ♫ That keep a beat ♫ So sure as the vibe beneath my feet (dance music) ♫ Here in the moonlight ♫ I can own my ultimate fate ♫ All the riches in the world ♫ I can see in every frame ♫ Apache man, Apache Man ♫ You’re doing the can-can ♫ Where you can ♫ Those tiger feet that keep a beat ♫ So sure as the vibe beneath my feet ♫ Apache man, Apache man ♫ You’re doing the can-can ♫ Where you can ♫ Those tiger feet ♫ That keep a beat ♫ So sure as the vibe beneath my feet (dance music) ♫ Apache man, Apache man ♫ Apache man, Apache man ♫ You’re doing the can-can ♫ Where you can ♫ Those tiger feet that keep a beat ♫ So sure as the vibe beneath my feet (dance music) ♫ Apache man, Apache man ♫ (dance music) ♫ It’s Real, real love ♫ Real real love ♫ Real, real love ♫ Real real love ♫ It’s real, real love ♫ Real, real love ♫ It’s real, real love (dance music) ♫ When he walks into the room ♫ I start to tremble ♫ Can’t control myself ♫ The way he looks into my eyes ♫ He’s getting closer ♫ Like a cat, cat he resembles ♫ My heart, it starts to race ♫ It’s coming, I can barely breathe ♫ The slightest touch gets me off ♫ Can’t remember last time I felt so hot ♫ Seeing him, inside your eyes, ♫ I start to melt, completely helpless, ♫ I am raptured ♫ I should control myself, control myself ♫ But it’s real love, real love ♫ It’s real love real love ♫ It’s real love, real love ♫ It’s real love real love (dance music) ♫ When he walks into the room ♫ I start to tremble ♫ Can’t control myself ♫ The way he looks into my eyes ♫ He’s getting closer ♫ Like a cat, cat he resembles ♫ My heart, it starts to race ♫ It’s pounding, I can barely breathe ♫ The slightest touch gets me off ♫ Can’t remember, last time I felt so hot ♫ Seeing him, inside your eyes ♫ I start to melt, completely helpless ♫ I am raptured ♫ I should control myself, control myself ♫ trol myself, trol myself, control myself ♫ control myself, control
myself, control myself ♫ control myself, control myself ♫ But it’s real love, real love ♫ It’s real love real love ♫ It’s real love, real love ♫ Real love, real love (dance music) ♫ It’s real, real love ♫ Real, real love ♫ Real real love ♫ Real, real love ♫ It’s real, real love ♫ Real, real love ♫ It’s real, real love ♫ It’s real love, real love ♫ It’s real love real love ♫ It’s real love, real love ♫ Real love, real love ♫ (dance music) (dance music) (light music)

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