Sounds of the ‘60s rocked the annual Red Dress Gala, hosted by the Cayman Heart Fund, which was celebrating its 10th anniversary in glamorous and colorful style Friday night at the Kimpton Seafire resort.

With the theme of “‘60’s Rock ‘n’ Roll,” entertainment was provided by Sea ‘n’ B, who played the best of the Rolling Stones, the Beatles and the Beach Boys. Attendees were invited to dress in ‘60s outfits, wear black tie or dress in red.

Among the auction items were an Audi A1, a vacation package to Utila, Honduras, and a private catamaran charter.

One live auction item came with a very personal story. A pair of boxing shorts signed by Manny Pacquiao were donated by James Burch, who had worn them in the “white collar” boxing match on the night of the Island Rumble in January. Mr. Burch, whose son had a heart operation when he was 9-months-old, gave the shorts to Ben Hart on behalf of children’s charity Hart for Hearts to raise money in the auction. They went to winning bidder Tabitha Crowley for $2,000.

The Cayman Heart Fund aims to reduce the incidents of heart and circulatory disease, which is the number one health problem in Cayman.

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  1. “The Cayman Heart Fund aims to reduce the incidents of heart and circulatory disease”.
    It would be nice to know HOW are they going to do it?

    (all quotes below are from Harvard Women’s Health Watch)

    ” The cardiovascular death rate declined steadily — but only in men. By 2000, heart disease was claiming 60,000 more women than men every year. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women. Even women whose coronary arteries were clear continued to develop and die from ischemic heart disease . Women had angioplasties and bypasses, but they didn’t do as well as their male counterparts. More of them suffered heart attacks or congestive heart failure AFTER treatment. ”
    “The standard protocol identifies ONLY coronary artery obstructions. ..many women have a form of heart disease called coronary MICROVASCULAR dysfunction that isn’t detected by standard diagnostic procedures and thus goes unrecognized and untreated… In such cases, opening the arteries isn’t sufficient. ”

    It wold be interesting to know if HEALTH CITY applies gender-specific procedures to diagnose and treat heart disease in women and uses functional vascular imaging equipment for that. Their website doesn’t provide such information.

    I hope that Cayman doctors are at least aware of heart disease differences in Men and Women.
    “Heart disease kills 5 times more women than breast cancer and misconceptions about cardiovascular risks among women — and doctors who treat them — is partly to blame.”
    Lots of opportunities for the The Cayman Heart Fund to clear this misconception among doctors and women.

  2. Compass, it would be nice if you would interview both, The Cayman Heart Fund and Health City about heart disease in women issue that ” isn’t detected by standard diagnostic procedures and thus goes unrecognized and untreated”. What are they doing or going to do about it?
    One thing is to have a fund raiser, red dresses and all that fun, another is practical application of the the Heart Fund’s goals.