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Honorees for 2017 Fire and Ice Gala Announced

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"In their careers and in their communities, Angela and Ruth are committed to making a difference."

The American Red Cross of Northeastern New York is pleased to announce its honorary co-chairs for the 2017 Fire + Ice Gala – Angela Beddoe, publisher and editor-in-chief of Herlife Magazine, and Ruth Mahoney, president of KeyBank. Both women will be recognized at the Red Cross’ signature fundraising event on April 1, 2017 at the brand new Albany Capital Center.

“This year’s Fire and Ice Gala is shaping up to be one of our best ever, and we are thrilled to be honoring Angela Beddoe and Ruth Mahoney as a part of it,” said Gary Striar, chief executive officer for the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York.

Angela S. Beddoe is President and CEO of Beddoe Publishing and is publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Herlife Magazine-New York; the premier lifestyle magazine targeted to women in the Capital-Saratoga region featuring people who inspire and make a difference in their homes, businesses and communities. She is also Co-Founder and Principal at G-Force Consulting, a business development and strategic communication company.

Angela was formerly a corporate executive serving as Vice President-Public Affairs for Energy East Management Corporation and President of its foundation. She is also a past Chairman of the Board of Rebuilding Together, a national low-income housing organization, based in Washington, DC with over 200,000 volunteers and almost 200 affiliates nation-wide. She has been a guest lecturer for the business department at Skidmore College and the School of Public Relations at New York University on the topics of entrepreneurship and strategic communication respectively.

Angela is a graduate of Skidmore College. She is a member of the Forum of Executive Women and in 2014 was listed as a top ranked executive by the National Council of American Executives.   

Ruth H. Mahoney began her career in banking in 1991 as a member of KeyBank’s Management Associate Program in Albany, NY. She later worked for Bank of America (formerly Fleet Bank) in Albany, where she served as Private Bank senior vice president and city executive and global wealth management executive. Upon rejoining Key in 2006, she became sales leader for Key Private Bank’s Capital Region and Hudson Valley/Metro NY markets before being named president of the Hudson Valley/Metro NY Market in 2010.

Today, Ruth continues to oversee the full range of Key Private Bank financial services in the Capital Region and Hudson Valley/Metro NY markets. In addition, she leads Key’s economic and community development efforts in the Capital Region.

Ruth serves on the board of Albany Medical Center, the United Way of New York State, The Capital Region Chamber and is a member of the New York Bankers Association Executive Committee. She is also a founding member of the Women’s Fund of the Greater Capital Region.

Ruth’s professional and community efforts have earned her numerous recognitions, including the Corporate Champion Award from the Woman’s Club of White Plains and the 914INC Women in Business Award. She and her Key colleagues were recognized by American Banker in the Most Powerful Women in Banking issue for being part of the strongest team of women bankers. Ruth has also been honored by the Women’s Enterprise Development Corp, Girls Inc. of Westchester, Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce’s Women’s Business Council Woman of Excellence, Albany Business Review as a Forty under 40 award winner, and several others. 

“In their careers and in their communities, Angela and Ruth are both truly committed to making a difference,” added Striar. “It’s our privilege to be able to recognize them at our Fire and Ice Gala, as we celebrate the tremendous local impact of the American Red Cross.”

The 2017 Fire + Ice Gala will be held at the Albany Capital Center on Saturday, April 1 – the first event of its kind at the new, downtown venue. Guests will enjoy gourmet cuisine, open bar and specialty drinks from Mazzone Catering, live music from the New York Players, spirited live and silent auctions, and the return of the Frank Adams Jewelers “Ice Bar”. NewsChannel 13 anchor Benita Zahn will serve as Master of Ceremonies for this black/red-tie affair. 100% of proceeds will support local Red Cross programs and services.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, please visit redcross.org/NENYgala or contact Kaitlyn Van Dyke at (518) 458-8111, ext. 5108.