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Heroes Honored During Celebrate Red! in Florham Park

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Abraham and Sharon Brender are recipients of The Quinn Award. Pictured L-R: Patrick Quinn, Lisa Quinn, Jeff Quinn, Sharon Brender, Abraham Brender and Christy Hodde, community chapter executive, American Red Cross New Jersey Crossroads.

“Our honorees have shown a remarkable commitment to educating the community about preparedness.”

The American Red Cross North Jersey Region honored exceptional community members during Celebrate Red!, held at The Park Savoy Estate in Florham Park. The April 3rd Celebrate Red!, the second gala held in the region this year, celebrated the culmination of March is Red Cross Month with guests toasting the honorees, dancing to live entertainment by The Franklin & Alison Orchestra and enjoying fine food and fabulous auction items.

 “We are proud to recognize these exceptional heroes at Celebrate Red! this year,” said Mathieu Nelessen, regional CEO, American Red Cross North Jersey Region. “Our honorees have all demonstrated a remarkable commitment to educating the community about emergency preparedness.” 


The Red Cross honored Verizon, recipient of the Corporate Hero Award; Abraham and Sharon Brender, recipients of the Quinn Award; and the Jersey City Department of Public Safety, recipient of the Community Hero Award. 

American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey Community Chapter Executive Jocelyn Gillman presented the Corporate Hero Award to Region Operations President for Verizon New Jersey Paul Sullivan. Verizon has been a steadfast supporter of Red Cross disaster relief efforts and has worked with the Red Cross to create a dynamic partnership extending beyond their incredible financial support. Following disasters such as Superstorm Sandy, Verizon has stepped forward with communications equipment and resources to aid response efforts and to benefit the community at large. Verizon is also committed to assisting the Red Cross raise awareness about emergency preparedness. Last fall, Verizon joined FEMA and fellow honoree Jersey City Department of Public Safety in partnering with the Red Cross for an annual National Preparedness Month event.

Patrick Quinn presented the Quinn Award to Abraham and Sharon Brender. The Brenders are longtime supporters of Red Cross Health and Safety Services. Their generosity through the Danielle Brender Fund, Inc., and enthusiasm for training the community in CPR and the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs), has taught lifesaving skills to more than 2,500 individuals. The Brenders lost their daughter, Danielle, after she suffered sudden cardiac arrest. Danielle’s death was attributed to Long QT Syndrome, an electrical disorder of the heart. Through Danielle’s death, Sharon and Abraham learned the importance of Adult CPR/AED training and over the last 13 years have arranged to have American Red Cross Adult CPR/AED training available to arm community members with lifesaving skills. 

“Our family is honored to be recognized as Every Day Heroes and recipients of this year’s Quinn Award. I encourage the members of our community to take advantage of the services of the American Red Cross or volunteer and become an Every Day Hero,” said Sharon Brender. “Any adult can take a variety of health and safety classes, including Adult CPR/AED training. Household members can work together on a preparedness plan. And, people can give blood or make a financial donation,” added Brender.

Jersey City Public Safety Director James Shea accepted the Community Hero Award on behalf of the Jersey City Department of Public Safety. First responders with the Jersey City Department of Public Safety perform lifesaving work every day and respond to a tremendous number of multiple-family home fires each year. The Jersey City Department of Public Safety also partnered with the Red Cross, FEMA and fellow honoree Verizon to host a National Preparedness Month event to promote the importance of disaster preparedness, emergency communications and volunteerism. 

Proceeds from Celebrate Red! benefit Red Cross programs and services including Disaster Relief for families affected by local disasters such as home fires, meals delivered to the homebound and elderly, linking military families during emergencies, and disaster preparedness education.

Celebrate Red! Committee Co-Chairs Jennifer Harrison and Christine Reilly and the Red Cross are grateful for the support from sponsors, including Celgene, the event’s Disaster Relief Sponsor.

Additional sponsors include: Humanity Sponsors Verizon, Investors Bank, Bobbi Brown and Steven Plofker, and United Water; Preparedness Sponsors C.R. Bard, Ernst & Young, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, and Unilever; Lifesaver Sponsors Atlantic Health Systems, Buck, Seifert & Jost, Inc. and Budd Larner; and Hero Sponsors Bassett Associates, J. Fletcher Creamer & Son, Inc., New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Group, Nisivoccia LLP and Drs. Robert and Susan Rubino.

Thank you to D. Becker Photo; (201) Magazine, Equinox and Great Swamp Greenhouses for their support.