Lioness Club Holds Another Successful Red Dress Event

By Jayna Smith

Calais Regional Hospital’s CEO Michael Lally addresses the audience at The Red Dress Event alongside event chairperson Lioness Jessie Tompkins Howard. (Photo by Jayna Smith).

The exquisite Red Dress Event was held Saturday night at the Calais Motor Inn.  This event, hosted by the Calais Lioness Club, donates a great portion of proceeds to and raises awareness of Calais Regional Hospital’s cardiac rehabilitation department.  

In recognition of American Heart Month, over 100 men and women—who were all encouraged to wear red—attended the semi-formal event. Shelly Bodkin, RN, Director of Cardiac Rehab at Calais Regional Hospital, addressed the group, stressing the value of the local department.  This department helps cardiac patients stay on track, monitors progress, and prevents relapse without the cost and travel to a specializing facility.  CEO Michael Lally also spoke, thanking those in attendance for supporting the department and the efforts of the Calais Lioness Club.  This was the club’s third year holding the successful event.  

Lioness Jessie Tompkins Howard, who is chairperson of the event, was pleased with the large number of attendees.  “I am so delighted with the turn out for this year’s event despite the weather. Everyone looked stunning. Chris Johnson was very generous to keep us entertained, the staff and food were fantastic and the door prizes were abundant!” she said.  Some plans have even already been made for next year’s event, with a mystery dinner theater set to be included in the ticket price.

The evening included dinner from Nino’s Down East Cuisine followed by a sidesplitting comedy show.  It concluded with several door prizes drawn, including a week’s stay in Loudon, NH along with NASCAR tickets, donated by Harry Franssen of Speedway Sports Park.

Helping to make the event possible included Down East Credit Union, Down East Insurance, Jessie Howard and Billy Howard of Due East Real Estate, Eastport Health Center, Attorney Dan Lacasse, Attorney John Mitchell, Eastern Maine Electric Coop, Huntley Auto, Headlines Hair Studio, Dave and Cheryl Gillis, Chris Johnson, WQDY, Kendall’s Fine Jewelers, Rejuvenation Day Spa, and The Calais Motor Inn.