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Red Cross Honors Actress Jane Seymour at Inaugural Gala

The American Red Cross San Gabriel Pomona Valley Chapter honored actress Jane Seymour at a formal gala on Sat., March 10, 2012, which raised funds for local Red Cross services. World-renowned pianist Rueibin Chen also gave an exclusive performance for more than 240 guests who attended the sold-out gala.

The event was held at the Cravens Estate in Pasadena, which inspired the gala’s theme, “Speakeasy with the Red Cross.” Built in the 1920s for Jon and Mildred Cravens, the estate exchanged hands several times before it was left to the American Red Cross in the 1960s.

A member of the national Red Cross Celebrity Cabinet since its inception in 2002, Seymour received the Crystal Cross Award for showing exemplary support of and service to the American Red Cross mission. She has been a Red Cross supporter since childhood and played an instrumental role in an America Red Cross campaign to eradicate measles in Africa. More recently, she was an active supporter of American Red Cross relief efforts following Hurricane Katrina and the earthquake relief efforts for Haiti.

“I am honored to receive this recognition from the American Red Cross, an organization that has been a part of my life since childhood,” said Seymour. “My mother was involved with the Red Cross during the Second World War, and I have memories of the safety courses I took as a child in England. I am truly proud to have an on-going and active association with a life-saving and life-sustaining organization recognized around the world.”

Guests were entertained by pianist Rueibin Chen’s moving performances and charmed by his altruistic and amicable personality. Chen is renowned for his technical brilliance and the ability to combine intense energy with a refined sense of touch. The distinguished pianist, who has performed with the world’s foremost conductors in addition to his solo achievements, has earned more than a dozen medals in various international piano competitions.

“I am delighted to have had the opportunity to perform at an event supporting an organization as valuable as the American Red Cross,” said Chen. “Money raised at the event will help deliver disaster preparedness education to the public and assist those who have been affected by disaster.”

The gala was underwritten by Cathay Bank with additional support from several sponsors. Funds raised from the event will be used for American Red Cross support services. Each year, the San Gabriel Pomona Valley Red Cross volunteers and staff respond to numerous house fires, wildfires and natural disasters, providing shelter and hot meals, and facilitating access to health and mental health services for victims.

View the slideshow of pictures from the event.