Actors Jamie Lee Curtis, Denis Leary, and J. R. Martinez were honored at this year’s Red Tie Gala held April 21 at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica.
The event recognizes the humanitarian spirit of extraordinary individuals who have shown courage and unselfish character.
Curtis, a Red Cross Celebrity Cabinet member, received the coveted Crystal Cross Humanitarian Award from national Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern. The versatile actress, best-selling children’s book author and humanitarian has been a long-time active Red Cross supporter. An advocate of personal disaster preparedness, she has served as a spokesperson for several national Red Cross preparedness public service campaigns. In addition, she has promoted the Red Cross during several recent international disasters, encouraging Americans to donate time, blood and money following the Haiti earthquake, as well as last year’s Japan earthquake and tsunami. She leads by example by doing all three.
J.R. Martinez, actor and motivational speaker, was presented with the Spirit of Inspiration Award. Martinez, who won last season’s TV show “Dancing with the Stars,” survived burns over 40 percent of his body while serving in Iraq.
In addition, Dr. Timothy Miller, the leader of Operation Mend, was honored with the Spirit of Volunteerism Award.
Christine Devine, an Emmy winning news anchor for KTTV’s Fox 11 News, emceed the event, which included a gourmet dinner by celebrity chef Nick Stellino. The event also included a VIP reception, a casino, live music, and silent and live auction items.