The Women in the Red Dresses

These were the girls in lioness that attended the event. (Photo by Meredith Royer). 


By Kaileigh Deacon


Last Saturday was the Second Annual Lioness Red Dress Charity Dinner at the Calais Motor Inn. Despite the weather the group had a good turnout. 

This is the second year the Lioness held the dinner to benefit the Calais Regional Hospital Cardiac Rehab Center. Tickets for the event were $30 and sold out the day before the dinner. The night’s events included a meal of Vegetarian Lasagna, Baked Stuffed Haddock or Brie and Apple stuffed Chicken, a photo booth, door prizes, and dancing. 

The night held live music for dancing from Steve Meader. Dinner attendees wore all varieties of red dresses to show support for cardiac illness awareness. February is American Heart Month and what better time to hold a night of dinner and dancing than around Valentine’s Day. Calais Regional Hospital’s Cardiac Rehab Center helps patients with heart disease develop exercise programs and take classes on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The center helps patients who already have cardiac problems to come back to their lives and help prevent a recurrence. 

The Lioness hold a number of charity events to raise money for local groups as well as organizing community events for everyone to enjoy. They organize the Christmas parade every year and hold their annual Super Draw Raffle during International Festival. This year’s Red Dress event was organized by Lioness member Jessie Tompkins-Howard. You can see pictures from the event on the event’s Facebook page or the Lioness Facebook page. We will have more information on how much was raised on the event when it is totaled.