Wrapped in Red Gala & Red Lounge


The Wrapped in Red Gala is the signature event of the American Red Cross Louisville Area Chapter. The Gala has become one of Louisville’s premiere philanthropic events serving up a specially prepared, three-course dinner, live entertainment and a live auction featuring exciting trips and one-of-a-kind items.

There is a dance only ticket opportunity called the Red Lounge which opens to guests at 9 p.m., following the gala program and live auction. Guests get to enjoy dancing, mingling, silent auction, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

Proceeds from the gala benefit American Red Cross community disaster programs. Since its inaugural year in 2011, the event has raised nearly $700,000 to help communities prepare for and respond to disasters.

For announcements on our next gala, follow Wrapped in Red on Twitter @wrappednred. See photos from past Galas on the Louisville Area Chapter Flickr page.

Become a Sponsor

During the 2015 fiscal year, the Red Cross in Kentucky assisted more than 2,000 families and individuals who experienced home fires, floods and severe storms. Trained Red Cross employees and volunteers provide food, shelter and emotional support to help families overcome the loss of their belongings, their home and sometimes, their loved ones.

You can help the Red Cross continue its service to disaster affected families by becoming a Wrapped in Red sponsor.

Red Diamond Sponsor (Presenting Sponsor) - SOLD OUT

Ruby Sponsor - $15,000

Garnet Sponsor - $10,000

Red Coral Sponsor - $5,000

Red Lounge Sponsor - $3,500

Red Jasper Sponsor - $2,500

To become a Wrapped in Red sponsor or for more details on sponsor levels and benefits, please call (502) 561-3711.

More sponsorship opportunities at the Red Cross.

Donate to the Auction

The Wrapped in Red live and silent auctions feature a variety of packages sure to delight all guests, no matter their interests. Bid on vacations to exotic locales, rare experiences and priceless memorabilia.

If you would like to make a donation to the Wrapped in Red live or silent auction, please call (502) 561-3711.

Gala Committee

Are you interested in helping make our Gala bigger, glitzier and more memorable than the last? The Wrapped in Red Steering Committee is looking for volunteers to lend their expertise in the following areas:

  • Sponsorships
  • Auction
  • Ticket and Table Sales
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Design & Décor
  • Partnerships
  • If you are interested in volunteering with a Wrapped in Red sub-committee, please call (502) 561-3711.

    If you would like more information on how to become a Wrapped in Red sponsor, auction donor or committee volunteer, please call (502) 561-3711.

    Gala Leadership

    Maria Triplett (2015 Chair, 2014 Vice-Chair)

    Maria is President and Owner of TSI Paving—a family owned and operated business providing services in the areas of pavement maintenance, storm water drainage repairs and sanitary sewer repairs for residential, commercial and industrial clients. Maria is a member of the American Red Cross Louisville Area Chapter Board of Directors, the National Association of Women in Construction and the Executive Womens Golf Association. She also served as Vice-Chair of the 2014 Wrapped in Red Gala and worked on the 2013 Gala planning committee.

    Erin Rasinen (2015 Chair)

    Erin is a Business Development Executive at Messer Construction Co. She began her career with Messer Construction in 2004. In 2012, she was promoted to senior management and is now partner in the firm. She is involved in many organizations, and serves on the board of directors for the Louisville Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction, the Kentuckiana-Post of the Society of American Military Engineers, the Sacred Heart Academy Alumnae Association and Kentucky Derby Festival. Erin served as the Wrapped in Red Gala's Vice-Chair in 2015 and design and décor committee chair from 2011-14.

    Randy Blevins (2014 Gala Chair)

    Randy is a Louisville native who started Think Tank Louisville in August of 2011. Observing a need for smart, results-driven social media strategies, he seeks to work with small-to-medium sized business in the Louisville area to help them achieve better brand awareness online through social media channels. Randy is a Focus Louisville graduate and received his MBA from Bellarmine University in 2011 where he was inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society. He serves on the Board of Directors at The Clifton Center where he chaired the Center’s main fundraiser, The Taste of Frankfort Avenue, in 2012 and 2013. He was also the co-chair of the 2012 Wrapped in Red Gala’s Red Lounge.

    Becky Lamb (2013 Gala Chair, 2012 Gala Co-Chair)

    While acting as Director National Network Operations at Humana and then Vice President of Contracting at University of Louisville Physicians, Becky was heavily involved in the community as a board member of Kentucky Higher Education Association and Metro-Council Representative of Domestic Violence Prevention Coordinating Council. Her husband Bill is a board member at the American Red Cross Louisville Area Chapter and shared the incredible impact that the Red Cross has on the community which inspired Becky to lend her support to the gala.

    Jessica Wissing (2013 Gala Vice-Chair)

    Jessica graduated from the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville in 2003. By December 2004, Jessica established Jessica Kayrouz Wissing, PLLC specializing in a variety of areas of law including child abuse, neglect and immigration law. She is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association, Louisville Bar Association and the Kentucky Guardian Ad Litem Association. She also serves as the Program Director for the St. Matthews Rotary Club. Jessica began her involvement with the Red Cross as a table captain for the annual American Red Cross PPR Breakfast. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Louisville Area Chapter and the chapter’s executive committee since 2009.

    Erica D. Gilliam (2012 Gala Co-Chair)*

    A Senior Mortgage Banker at Swan Financial, Erica served in a variety of non-profit event roles including a committee member for an American Cancer Society Event, participant in Special Olympics “Over the Edge”, Team Leader for LLS Walk, and Campaign Co-Chair for the Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes 2011 Campaign. Erica was a founding Member of the American Red Cross Louisville Area Chapter Tiffany Circle Society of Women Leaders. She was inspired to join the group and become a Red Cross supporter after hearing speaker Dave Sanderson, a survivor of “Miracle on the Hudson” talk about the Red Cross response following the plane’s emergency landing in New York City.

    Madeline Abramson (2011 Gala Co-Chair)

    Madeline joined the Louisville Area Chapter Board in 1995, was Chair of the Board of Directors from July 2003 until June 2005 and served five terms with the Board. She dedicated her time to ensure the success of the Red Cross mission, be a spokesperson for the organization and shepherd numerous special events, including Blood Services Donorama, the Great Gatsby Gala and the 2011 Wrapped in Red Gala. In 1998, Madeline was the recipient of the Ira J. Porter Award, the highest honor the Louisville Area Chapter can give a Red Cross volunteer leader.

    Jennifer Powell (2011 Gala Co-Chair)

    As Senior Brand Manager for Jack Daniel’s, Jennifer is responsible for Jack Daniel’s Family of Brands marketing in the U.S. to include media planning, national program development and managing brand health. She is drawn to and passionate about charitable organizations such as the American Red Cross. Jennifer has served on the Louisville Area Chapter Board of Directors since 2009.

    *Erica D. Gilliam passed away June 12, 2012. Her charitable spirit lives on in through the American Red Cross and other organizations she supported in the community.