More than 125 American Red Cross volunteers and employees from around the Metro New York North chapter gathered for a celebratory brunch at Chef Peter X Kelly’s X2O Xaviars on the Hudson in Yonkers, New York March 9.
The beautiful location with 180-degree panoramic views of the Hudson River provided set and setting for the event. Kelly, a long time Red Cross supporter, created a wonderful menu and was the perfect host.
The event kicked off with a poem written expressly for the volunteers by Anthony DeRiggs, facilities manager at Greater New York Red Cross regional headquarters in Manhattan.
Mary Young, CEO of the Metro New York North chapter, and Josh Lockwood, Regional CEO of the Greater New York Red Cross, then took the stage to thank the volunteers for their enormous contributions to the Red Cross and their neighbors, 365 days a year, 24/7. In particular, both thanked the volunteers for their tremendous work before, during and after Superstorm Sandy devastated the East Coast the end of October.
June Sambol, a New Rochelle resident who was impacted by Sandy, told the group of her experience at the Red Cross New Rochelle shelter, where she stayed following the storm.
She said: “You made it a home away from home. The adjectives to come to mind are so many I had to make a list.”
Susan Gerry, the deputy mayor of Yonkers, recalled firsthand how many times Red Cross volunteers had been in their city making a difference.
And Eli Russ, a Red Cross Youth Club member, discussed his experience volunteering in the aftermath of Sandy.
“We, the Youth,” he said, “hold the power to do good and truly make a difference in the lives of others.”
The Rock Brokers, a band dedicated to helping charities raise funds, provided music. They dedicated the Beatles’ song, “Here Comes the Sun,” to the group.