The Sheraton Boston Hotel was filled with smiles and laughter Tuesday morning, as hundreds of people came out to salute our men and women in uniform at the 2013 Women Who Care – A Leadership Breakfast.
Lead by WCVB’s Liz Brunner, the annual event this year highlighted first responders, service men and women and the American Red Cross volunteers who dedicate themselves to relieving disaster.
“Since our humble founding by Clara Barton, we have striven mightily to be a source of care and comfort to victims of war and strife, those impacted by natural disasters or simply in need of the kind heart and help of our volunteer force for good,” said Jarrett Barrios, CEO of the Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts. “Our Massachusetts Red Cross continues that tradition through the work of our volunteers.”
This year’s Humanitarian Award went to Lieutenant General Patricia D. Horoho. Her connection to the Red Cross is a long and proud one: in 2002 she was one of the 15 nurses selected by the American Red Cross and Nursing Spectrum to receive national recognition as "Nurse Hero." She also serves as the Army’s liaison to the Red Cross SAF (Service to the Armed Forces) Advisory Board. As a very special element, Joanne Patton, widow of Major General George S. Patton IV, and former daughter-in-law of World War II hero General George Patton, was with us to present the award.
Past honorees include Ethel Kennedy, Philanthropist and Rory Kennedy, Filmmaker; The Honorable Margaret H. Marshall Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts; Partners in Health Accepted by Ophelia Dahl, Executive Director; Linda Dorcena Forry, 12th Suffolk District State Representative; and Marie St. Fleur Chief of Advocacy and Strategic Investment, City of Boston.
The audience was graced with the presences of Massachusetts State Trooper Kathryn Downey, who sang “God Bless America,” volunteer Paula Farrales of Taunton, fire client Danielle Glazer of Somerville, Boston Marathon Bombing hero and Red Cross volunteer Carlos Arredondo, Magic 106.7’s Candy O’Terry, TJX Company’s Patrick Flavin and Board Chairman John Stadtler.
Women Who Care – A Leadership Breakfast is one of the largest women’s networking events in eastern Massachusetts. The event was developed to help raise awareness and garner support for critical programs provided by the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts.
Thank you to everyone who helped make this event a success.