Seeing red at the Tisbury Volunteer Ambulance fundraiser

Vicki Simone has it all working for her at the fashion show. — Photo by Susan Safford

“Put on your red dress baby, ’cause we’re going out tonight.”

Tommy Tucker’s 1963 song could have been the theme for the first Tisbury Volunteer Ambulance Association’s (TVAA) Respond in Style Charity Fashion Show fundraiser at the Harbor View Hotel last Saturday evening, April 28.

The TVAA, with help from Tri-Town Ambulance, sent 25 men and women down the catwalk strutting their stuff in formal dress. The men pranced down the catwalk to the Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive,” a song that is sometimes used to train medical professionals to provide the correct number of chest compressions per minute while performing CPR.

The women were all dressed in red evening gowns donated by various Island businesses. The Vineyard emergency medical personnel went “red for women” in an effort to promote awareness of women’s health issues and in honor of the American Heart Association’s “Go Red For Women Heart Attack and Stroke Awareness” campaign. The dresses were auctioned off after the show and donated to the high school for graduating seniors who might have trouble buying a new dress for their prom.

It was a packed house, standing room only. The evening was “very, very successful,” TVAA’s Stephanie Andrade said. There were hors d’oeuvres, a raffle, and a silent auction. More than 50 Island businesses contributed to the show, including the The Harbor View, which donated three of their conference rooms for the event. The proceeds are being shared with the American Heart Association.

“We are hoping this will become an annual event,” Ms. Andrade said.