Honoring JPMorgan Chase & Co., Tribeca Film Festival Founders, Founder of Hopey's Heart Foundation and WNBA New York Liberty Player Tina Charles, Heroes of the Pulse Nightclub Tragedy, and FDNY EMS Lt. Craig Roeder
On October 5, 2016, civic leaders and philanthropists will gather at the American Museum of Natural History as the American Red Cross in Greater New York hosts its annual Heroes Among Us Gala to recognize the heroic efforts and humanitarian contributions of people and institutions who embody the spirit and mission of the Red Cross
“This event celebrates extraordinary individuals whose compassion, courage, and commitment to helping others sends a powerful message to us all that you can make a difference every day,” said Josh Lockwood, CEO of the American Red Cross in Greater New York.
Every year in the Greater New York region, which includes New York City, Long Island, the Lower Hudson Valley and Greenwich, Conn., the Red Cross provides emergency relief following over 2300 local disasters (including fires, building collapses/explosions and other weather-related emergencies) assisting 9,000 New Yorkers with emergency assistance – food, shelter, emotional/health support, and more. All proceeds from the event support Red Cross humanitarian services.
Red Cross 2016 Honorees:
JPMorgan Chase & Co., Corporate Leadership Award
The Corporate Leadership Award recognizes an organization whose work reflects the fundamental principles of the Red Cross. For 25 years, JPMorgan Chase & Co., has worked with the American Red Cross to fund, implement and initiate humanitarian relief and service efforts. JP Morgan Chase & Co. has supported these efforts through employee volunteerism and direct financial support. Stephen Cutler, Vice Chairman of JPMorgan Chase & Co. will accept the award.
Founders of the Tribeca Film Festival, Humanitarian Award
The Humanitarian Award recognizes individuals whose work exemplifies the humanitarian values of the Red Cross and inspires others to do the same. In 2001, Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro, and Craig Hatkoff, co-founded the Tribeca Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Institute to revitalize and rebuild the neighborhood they loved after the horrific attacks of September 11th. The spirit of resiliency and collaboration created by the Film Festival continues to this day.
Tina Charles, Vanguard Award
The Vanguard Award recognizes individuals who are making an impact in the community by spreading ideas and new developments. Tina Charles is committed to advancing sports safety and raising awareness of sudden cardiac arrest by providing free Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) and CPR Certification to all non-profit organizations and institutions through Hopey's Heart Foundation. An award-winning athlete with the WNBA New York Liberty, Tina founded the Hopey’s Heart Foundation in memory of her late aunt, Maureen “Hopey” Vaz, who died of multiple organ failure in 2013. Through fundraising events, campaigns and Tina’s personal donation of half her WNBA salary the past two seasons and her entire salary this year, Hopey’s Heart Foundation has successfully placed over 200 AED’s worldwide.
Heroes of the Pulse Nightclub Tragedy, National Hero Award
The early morning hours of Sunday, June 12, were disrupted by gunshots inside the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. After a horrifying pre-dawn gun battle and subsequent rescue mission, 49 innocent lives had been taken, and more than 50 others wounded while a beloved haven was suddenly and forever changed. In the middle of the unimaginable fear and chaos, three Pulse Nightclub employees demonstrated extraordinary courage and selflessness.
Leading panicked patrons to safety and standing alongside and guiding law enforcement to locate the shooter and his hostages Neema Bahrami, Brian Reagan, and Neal Whittleton saved many lives that awful night. While witnessing unspeakable horrors, all three men demonstrated strength and clear thinking in the most frightening of circumstances. In the weeks following the massacre, these heroes’ resiliency and determination have provided inspiration to others as they, their coworkers and the Orlando community work to heal and keep Pulse alive.
FDNY EMS Lieutenant Craig Roeder, Local Hero Award
Trained as an Emergency Medical Services paramedic, in his ten years of service to the New York City Fire Department (FDNY), Craig Roeder had never been in a burning structure. But that did not stop him from responding to a fire he spotted in Queens and rushing into a burning two-story home to save a woman and child. After rescuing them, he entered the home again to search for additional residents upstairs and was able to find and save a dog.
American Red Cross Gala, Honoring our Heroes
October 5, 2016
Interview opportunities 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
B-Roll of the event 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West & 79th St, New York, NY 10024
Red Cross Leadership
Desiree Ramos Reiner
American Red Cross Greater New York Region
External Affairs Officer
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 www.redcross.org/gny and follow us on Twitter @redcrossny.