University of Arizona College of Medicine New Home to the Valley’s Favorite Heart-Healthy Happy Hour!

Heart disease and stroke claim more lives than any other disease, putting people of all ages – from infants to the elderly – at risk. It is also the number one killer of women – taking the lives of more women than all cancers combined. While 1 in 31 American women will die from breast cancer each year, 1 in 3 will die of heart disease – approximately one woman dies of heart disease every minute. The annual Red Dress Cocktail Party seeks to educate women on the dangers of heart disease and make them aware of what they can do to prevent it.

Please join Dr. Martha Gulati, Division Chief of Cardiology, Banner – University and University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix for the 9th Annual 2017 Red Dress Cocktail Party on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 from 6-8 p.m. at University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix. This heart-healthy happy hour will include food, fashion and fun along with raffles and life-saving information on how to prevent heart disease.

The Red Dress Cocktail Party is a grass roots event started by valley resident and heart advocate Maria Benson. Benson created the event after losing several female family members (including her mother) to heart disease. The primary purpose of the event is to raise awareness about heart disease. While heart disease is the number one killer of women, only one in five American women believe heart disease is their greatest health threat.

The party has grown tremendously since its inception – starting out as a small gathering of friends evolving into a highly anticipated event with more than 300 attendees. A guest favorite aspect of the event will is the fashion show. We are proud to announce that Steve Irvin of ABC Channel 15 News will return as the celebrity emcee.

The Red Dress Cocktail Party Team is excited to partner with Banner – University Medicine and the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix in hosting the 2017 event and is looking forward to making a greater impact locally this year. The proceeds from the event will benefit Banner Health’s Women’s Heart Center – the first center in Arizona to focus on cardiovascular disease in the female population and provide comprehensive programs and education for healthcare providers and the community. The public is welcome. Tickets to the event are $50 and the fee is tax deductible. To order tickets, please visit

Event Snapshot
Red Dress Cocktail Party

April 12, 2017, 6-8 p.m.
University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix, 505 E. Van Buren Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Admission: $50 (tax deductible donation)