Newswise — January 29, 2014 ― Neptune, NJ ― For the sixth year in a row, the Meridian Health Red Dress Event will celebrate and raise awareness for women’s heart health at a fun-filled and health-focused event. This year, the popular event will take place at a new venue – Watermark, a chic lounge in Asbury Park. In partnership with The Heart Truth™ campaign, sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), Meridian CardioVascular Network’s event on Thursday, February 20 will showcase fashions from New York Fashion Week’s Red Dress Collection.

At the event, guests will enjoy a front-row view of the dresses from acclaimed designers, including Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan and Michael Kors. Select dresses debuted at NYC Red Dress Collection fashion shows, and were modeled by celebrity supporters such as entertainment host and Asbury Park native Wendy Williams, Hollywood’s most famous “Momager” Kris Jenner, and supermodel and host of Lifetime TV’s Project Runway – Heidi Klum.

At Meridian’s Red Dress event, guests will also have a chance to learn from Meridian CardioVascular Network experts, including Dawn Calderon, D.O., FACC, chief of Cardiology & director of the Adult Congenital Heart Center at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. “The Red Dress is a stylish symbol with a serious message. It’s an important reminder that heart disease is still the #1 killer of women in the United States, and that we need to empower and educate women to take charge of their own heart health,” explains Dr. Calderon. Join the festivities at Watermark in Asbury Park – a New Jersey town known for its celebration of music, art, food and fun – on Thursday, February 20, from 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. The evening promises to delight with signature red cocktails, delicious passed hors d’oeuvres, music, door prizes and giveaways. Tickets are $50.00 per person, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Meridian CardioVascular Network. The event will also highlight women’s stories about surviving heart disease and offer expert tips on how to decrease risk factors. For tickets, please call 1-800-DOCTORS. To view a complete listing of events that will take place this year, or to learn more about heart health matters, visit

About Meridian Health: Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization in New Jersey, comprising Jersey Shore University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel, and Meridian Partner Companies that include home health services, skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, ambulatory care, ambulance services, and outpatient centers. Meridian Health has consistently been rated among the top performing health systems in New Jersey for clinical quality, is one of the FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For” for four years in a row, and is the recipient of numerous state and national recognitions for patient care and nursing excellence. Recently, Meridian Health was the only health system in New Jersey to be ranked as one of the most Integrated Healthcare Systems in the nation according to SDI and Modern Healthcare Magazine. For more information, please visit