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Jane Lynch Kicked Off NYFW with Hosting Women’s Day 14th Annual Red Dress Awards

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New York Fashion Week is officially upon us, and one of the most-anticipated fashion weeks of the year kicked off with Women’s Day 14th Annual Red Dress Awards on Tuesday (February 7) at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.

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Hosted by Jane Lynch, the event was headlined by multi-platinum Grammy® Award and Oscar winner Melissa Etheridge, performing “Come to My Window,” “I Wanna Be In Love,” “I Run For Life,” and “I’m the Only One.” The Awards also featured additional performances from rock all-female string-quartet Bella Electric Strings, and teen singer Carly Rose Sonenclar of The X Factor.

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Woman’s Day honored the following heart health advocates: Laila Ali, wellness and fitness expert, former world champion boxer, and TV personality and advocate for the American Heart Association; Janine A. Clayton, M.D., Associate Director for Research on Women’s Health, and Director, Office of Research on Women’s Health at the National Institutes of Health; LaQuitta “Shai” Wilkins, Miss Black Alabama USA 2016, Pediatric ICU Travel Nurse, and Heart Health advocate; and Holly Andersen, M.D., Scientific Advisor for the Women’s Heart Alliance, Attending Cardiologist at The New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and Director of Education and Outreach at the Ronald O. Perelman Heart Institute.

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Participants of the fourth annual Woman’s Day Live Longer & Stronger Challenge attended alongside their mentor, TODAY Show nutritionist and Woman’s Day columnist Joy Bauer and experts from the Mayo Clinic. Over the course of eight months, Woman’s Day, Bauer and the Mayo Clinic have provided nutrition counseling and guidance to five women who have collectively lost more than 226 pounds and have achieved impressive heart health milestones. Neiman Marcus Last Call provided dresses for the women to help celebrate their transformations.

The Red Dress Awards is a night of awards and performances honoring those who have made significant contributions to Heart Health Awareness.

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