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  • Actress Marisa Tomei, host of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection 2018 walks the runway at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. (Photo: AHA)

    Marisa Tomei, best known for her roles in “My Cousin Vinny” and “The Handmaid’s Tale,” hosted the 2018 American Heart Association (AHA) Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection gala in New York City. She was joined by a number of bold-face names, including Kathy Ireland, Lea Salonga, Melissa Joan Hart and Tatyana Ali.

    Broadway actress and singer Lea Salonga open ed the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection gala.

    Also spotted in the crowd were Adrienne Houghton, of “The Real,” gospel singer CeCe Winans, Elisabeth Röhm from “Law & Order,” Kate Walsh from Grey’s Anatomy and “Private Practice,” Marion Ross of “Happy Days,” model Niki Taylor, Rachel Lindsay from the Bachelorette, and Zuri Hall from E! News.

    The event was held in the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan, Thursday, Feb 8. The event suports women’s heart health and Go Red For Women’s efforts to raise awareness of heart disease in women.

    Founded by the now federal convening partner The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s The Heart Truth, the exclusive event “reminds women of the need to protect their heart health and act in the fight against heart disease and stroke in women,” according to a statement.

    Salonga, a Broadway actress and voice of two Disney animated Princesses, kicked off the evening with a heartfelt rendition of “I Lived” by OneRepublic.

    Model Niki Taylor flashes the heart sign on the runway at the American Heart Association gala. (Photo: AHA)

    En Vogue followed with “My Lovin (You’re Never Gonna Get It)”, “Hold On” and “Free Your Mind.” a

    Harley Viera-Newton DJ’ed throughout the evening.

    The event included a fashion show. The show featured three looks from designers in the not-for-profit, independently-run Fashion Incubator Programs housed at Macy’s.

    Tanesha Prunty from the Chicago Fashion Incubator, Lia Larrea from Fashion Incubator San Francisco and Dur Doux from the D.C. Fashion Incubator.

    Tatyana Ali in Tanesha Prunty, Ginger Zee in Lia Larrea and Elisabeth Röhm in Dur Doux wore the designs.

    Walking in this year’s Red Dress Collection were two heart disease survivors. Macy’s employee Karen A. Hill from Washington, D.C., and AHA national spokeswoman and Go Red For Women “Real Women” Lilly Rocha from Pasadena, CA.

    Hill is living with cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle. Rocha survived a heart attack at the age of 37.

    Zuri Hall dances up a storm on the runway at the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection 2018. (Photo: AHA)

    Cardiovascular diseases kill one woman about every 80 seconds and about 80 percent of cardiovascular diseases may be prevented.

    Heart disease and stroke may be prevented by working together and understanding your family health history, knowing your numbers and making simple lifestyle changes, according to the organization.

    Macy’s, the founding national sponsor of Go Red For Women, is the presenting sponsor of the annual Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection.

    To date, Macy’s has raised more than $65 million for Go Red For Women through Macy’s associates and customers, which has helped to directly fund women’s heart health research and education.

    Makeup for the show was provided by Shar Sinclair, hair styling was provided by Giovanni Giuntoli, jewelry was provided by CAROLEE and nails were provided by maniorpedi.com.

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    Ladies in Red Gala (Click Photos to Enlarge!)