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Red Cross Gala Honors Superstorm Sandy Partners

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We are looking forward to a special evening with great guests, terrific food and great music for dancing by Soul Sound Review.

The American Red Cross Connecticut Chapter Gala will be held Saturday, June 15, from 6:00 p.m. to midnight, at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. This year’s “Party With A Purpose” will honor Superstorm Sandy Relief Partners, said American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region CEO Mario Bruno. “We are fortunate to have so many corporate and foundation partners that stepped up to help when their neighbors were in need.” The Gala is presented by Mohegan Sun.

The Gala will include recognition of leadership partners remarks from Lt. General Russel L. Honoré (US Army, Ret.), Commander of Joint Task Force Katrina, leading the Department of Defense response to Hurricane Katrina and a global preparedness authority.

Representatives of the Honorees at the gala are:

  • Marlene Ibsen, CEO and President, Travelers Foundation & VP, Community Relations, Travelers
  • Robert L. Corcoran, President & Chairman, GE Foundation
  • Elizabeth B. Amato, SVP Human Resources & Organization, United Technologies Corporation
  • Liam McGee, Chairman, President, & CEO, The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.
  • Michelle Naggar, Director, Global Citizenship, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide
  • Also participating in the program are:

  • William Herdegen, President & CEO, Connecticut Light and Power (CL&P)
  • Marc B. Lautenbach, President & Chief Executive Officer, Pitney Bowes
  • William J. Quinlan, SVP – Emergency Preparedness, Connecticut Light & Power Company (CL&P) and Yankee Gas
  • Emcee for the event is Emmy Award-winning journalist and NBC Connecticut evening news anchor Keisha Grant. Guest auctioneer for the evening is radio personality Ray Dunaway, host of Mornings with Ray Dunaway on WTIC NewsTalk 1080.

    “We are looking forward to a special evening with great guests, terrific food and great music for dancing by Soul Sound Review,” Bruno said. “We are grateful to the sponsors who make this evening possible.”

    The Annual American Red Cross Gala is presented by Platinum Sponsor Mohegan Sun. Connecticut Light and Power and Yankee Gas are Community Resilience Partners and Gala sponsors.

    Silver Sponsors for the evening are:

  • ConnectiCare
  • Dominion
  • ESPN
  • O.F. Mossberg and Sons
  • Pitney Bowes
  • Starwood Hotels and Resorts
  • Travelers
  • The Hartford Financial Services Group
  • United Technologies Corporation
  • Wells Fargo
  • 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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.