Red White +YOU Ball

  • Connecticut - Gala

May 30, 2015

Join us!

The Red Cross Ball is an annual black-tie fundraising event that brings the brightest, most successful business, government and philanthropic minds together to celebrate the remarkable achievements of Red Cross activists and civic volunteers.

Building a Better Tomorrow for Children and Families

It’s part of the American Red Cross mission to prevent and alleviate suffering in the face of emergencies. Stronger, healthier families are part of resilient communities.

A safe, warm place for a family to stay after disasters or a stuffed animal for a frightened child forced from her bed by a late night fire. Lifeguard training and swim lessons. Babysitter training and youth preparedness programs. Lifesaving CPR training. Programs that ease deployments and homecomings for military families. And the very special gift of life made possible by a safe, adequate blood supply. Every day, these programs and many more help build a better today and a brighter tomorrow for children and families here at home, across the nation and around the world.

Join us May 30 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford to celebrate the life changing mission of the American Red Cross and to support programs and services that improve the lives and health of children and families in communities across our region.

Celebrate the good work of the Red Cross.

Share the excitement of innovative programs and services.

Honor ESPN, a community leader that supports safer, healthier communities.

Enjoy a night of great food, music and unique auction items to benefit the Red Cross.

Watch the Video Invitation from ESPN's Trey Wingo

ESPN's Trey Wingo is emcee at this year's Red White + YOU Ball to benefit the American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region. And he's inviting you to join us!

Thank You to Accenture for their Support of the American Red Cross


Connecticut - Annual Gala -  HONOREE ESPN

Community Impact Award

We are proud to honor ESPN for its outstanding support of the American Red Cross. ESPN is a generous supporter of American Red Cross disaster relief and programs serving young people. Its commitment to helping communities prepare for the unexpected extends to blood donation; ESPN employees have donated 2,328 units of blood through companywide blood drives since 2001. And an ESPN Community Emergency Response team is trained and ready to support emergency response needs at ESPN’s Bristol headquarters. Employees are active volunteers as well, supporting the Red Cross as Board members, disaster volunteers and hosting an employee event to support youth emergency preparedness education.


Connecticut - Annual Gala - Trey Wingo

Trey Wingo

Commentator, NFL Live and NFL Primetime Host

Trey Wingo is one of the key figures behind ESPN’s year-round coverage of the National Football League, most notably as host of the daily pro football news and information show NFL Live, as well as NFL PrimeTime, NFL Kickoff and SportsCenter specials. Wingo also hosts ESPN’s NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament studio coverage, contributes to championship golf presentation, and is a regular contributor to ESPN Radio programs and digital platforms.


Founders, Stew Leonard III Children’s Charities

Honorary Chairs: Kim and Stew Leonard, Jr.

Founders, Stew Leonard III Children’s Charities

Kim and Stew Leonard Jr. were honorees of the 2014 Community Impact Award for their longstanding commitment to the American Red Cross and the work of Stew Leonard III Children’s Charities that has made water safety a priority for the last 25 years. The Leonard’s foundation has raised more than $2 million for water safety awareness and education, including swim scholarships, learn-to-swim programs and lifeguard training, along with writing and publishing two children’s books on water safety as well as a free Stewie the Duck Learns to Swim app, which is available on iTunes, Kindle, and Android.

Stew Leonard Jr. is president and chief executive officer of Stew Leonard's, a unique family-owned and operated, farm-fresh grocery stores once called the "The Disneyland of Dairy Stores" by The New York Times for its in-store entertainment and costumed characters. Stew Leonard's is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for having "the greatest sales per unit area of any single food store in the United States" and was recognized by Ripley's Believe It or Not! as "World's Largest Dairy Store."

Since Stew took over as president and CEO in 1991, the company has grown to include four food stores in Norwalk, Danbury and Newington, Connecticut and Yonkers, New York, and nine wine stores in Norwalk, Danbury and Newington, Connecticut; Yonkers, Farmingdale and Carle Place, New York; and Clifton, Springfield and Paramus, New Jersey. The company is continuously featured in marketing textbooks and business school case studies; 2011 marked its tenth consecutive year on FORTUNE Magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For" list, coming in at #18 alongside such notable companies as Google, American Express, and Starbucks.

Chairman of the Board, American Red Cross Connecticut Chapter
Patrick O’Donnell, Vice President, Marketing, Response Management and Digital Commerce

Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region Mario J. Bruno

  • Colleen Kelly Alexander
  • Thomas Beyer, CORT Furniture
  • Krista Coletti, American Red Cross
  • Anne Diamond, UCONN Health Center
  • Nancy Grande
  • Nicole Greatorex
  • Alfred Jarvis, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Joel Kalinowski, Connecticut Lottery Corporation
  • Kevin Larsen, UCONN Health Center
  • Lauren Lindsay
  • Kimberly Lingard, Unison Energy
  • Jodi Markley, ESPN
  • Lauren Mascolo
  • Jeff Meyer, American Red Cross
  • Charlotte Ross
  • Cindy Russo, MidState Medical Center
  • Jacqueline Pennino Scheib, Robinson & Cole LLP
  • Kristen Van Alstine
  • Sean Welch, Amica Insurance Company


Clark Eno Orchestra

Clark Eno Orchestra

Back by popular demand, the Clark Eno Orchestra will join us at the 10th Annual Red White and YOU Ball! With over twenty years experience, the Clark Eno Orchestra has performed at First Night in New York City and Lincoln Center. Their repertoire includes Big Band, Motown, Swing, Rock n’Roll, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and contemporary dance.

The orchestra is led by composer-drummer Clark Eno. Mr. Eno has had songs featured on ESPN and Major League Baseball. Most notably, he co-wrote, “Come out Swingin” which was played at the Homerun Derby and All star game at Fenway park in 1999. Mr. Eno has studied the drums with some of the greats, and played alongside jazz legends Zoot Sims and Stan Getz.


Presenting Sponsor

Mohegan Sun logo

Platinum Sponsor

Red Cross Connecticut Sponsor EC Scott

Pearl Sponsor

Red Cross Connecticut Sponsor Hartford
Mossberg logo

Silver Sponsor

ConnectiCare logo
Pitney Bowes
UCONN Health Center
Red Cross Connecticut UIL Sponsor
Wells Fargo

Bronze Sponsor

Red Cross Connecticut Guidant Sponsor
IBM logo
Red Cross Connecticut Sponsor Siebler
Red Cross Connecicut Sponsors Wipro

Table Hosts

  • Amica Mutual Insurance Company
  • BlumShapiro
  • Hartford Steam Boiler
  • Hoffman Auto Group
  • Kim and Stew Leonard, Jr.
  • MidState Medical Center
  • NWN Corporation
  • Patrick O’Donnell
  • Robinson & Cole LLP
  • TCORS Capitol Group
  • Lucian Terranova
  • Thomas Beyer
  • Ouidad and Peter Wise


The Hartford Marriott Downtown

200 Columbus Blvd. Hartford, CT 06103

The Hartford Marriott Downtown is now accepting hotel reservations for our upcoming event. Through the website below you can book, modify or cancel your hotel reservations and receive updated information about the event. We look forward to seeing you!

A special Red Cross hotel rate of $112 per night is available through April 30, or while supplies last.