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American Red Cross announces 2013 Recipients of the Spectrum Awards


The American Red Cross yesterday presented 11 outstanding women leaders who will be receiving the Sara Hopkins Woodruff Spectrum Awards for Women during a luncheon on March 5th at the InterContinental Miami Hotel.

The honorees serve as exceptional examples of the humanitarian principles of the American Red Cross: Humanity, Impartiality, Independence, Unity, Neutrality, Universality and Voluntary Service.

“Spectrum” refers to the impact these women have on a broad scope of community life and also reflects the spectrum of cultures represented in our community.

The 2013 Sara Hopkins Woodruff Spectrum Award for Women Honorees:

BlueCross BlueShield of Florida Philanthropy Award

Irene Korge

Rosalind Ludwig Chairmen's Award

Jeanett Slesnick

Cervera Real Estate Ambassador Award

Penny Shaffer

Bank of America Cultural Award

Kathryn Q. Mikesell

J. N. McArthur Foundation Education Award

Mary Young

Mercantil Commercebank Entrepreneurial Award

Olga M. Ramudo

Baptist Health South Florida Healthcare Award

Sabrina Cohen

Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association Hospitality Award

Julie Grimes

The Ethel and W. George Kennedy Family Foundation Volunteerism Award

Patricia Robbins

Barbara Nelson Red Cross Service Award

Janelle Patty

Swanee and Paul DiMare Youth Award

Marina Bryant

Pictured honorees (from left to right):

Marina, Bryant, Julie Grimes, Kathryn Q. Mikesell, Janelle Patty, Patricia Robbins, Penny Shaffer, Olga M. Ramudo, Jeanett Slesnick, Sabrina Cohen, Mary Young.

Not pictured: BlueCross BlueShield of Florida Philantrhopy Award, Irene Korge

To purchase tickets for the March 5 luncheon, or for more information on the Spectrum Awards, please contact Kenia Tedesco at 305 728-2512 or by e-mail at

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at