Red Cross to Kick Off Clement Mansion Centennial with Gala Friday

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“We are looking forward to not only sharing the history of this beautiful building, but also how our staff and volunteers are using the Mansion today to help our Western New York neighbors.”

20 Clement Family descendants to be recognized

The American Red Cross, Serving Erie & Niagara Counties is planning several events to celebrate the Centennial of its Clement Mansion Headquarters the weekend of September 20-22. The 20-room Mansion at 786 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo was designed by famed architect E.B. Green for the family of Marine National Bank President Stephen M. Clement and completed in 1913. Mr. Clement’s widow, Carolyn Tripp Clement, donated the family home to the Red Cross in 1941, and the Mansion was completely renovated and restored in 1999.

20 descendants of Mr. and Mrs. Clement will be among the guests at an invitation-only Centennial Gala Friday evening. At a ceremony in the Atrium of the Blood Services building, the Red Cross will present the members of the Clement Family with the Ruth C. Roberts Award, named for a Red Cross volunteer who’s genuine and selfless concern for humanity is a model for all who seek to serve others.

Following the ceremony, the Gala will move to the Clement Mansion, where a portrait of Stephen M. Clement will be unveiled. The Red Cross recently obtained the portrait from the modern-day Marine National Bank, HSBC, and it has been restored through a donation from the Clement Family. The portrait will be displayed in the Clement Mansion.

What: Clement Mansion Centennial Gala

When: Friday, September 20, 2013, 6:30pm

Where: 786 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14209

RSVP: The media is invited to the presentation of the Ruth C. Roberts award to 20 members of the Clement Family in the Atrium of the Blood Services Building at 6:30pm and the unveiling of the portrait of Stephen M. Clement.

Family historian and architect Peter W. Clement, the great-grandson of Stephen M. Clement and Carolyn Tripp Clement, will share stories about the family and their home at 10am on Saturday, September 21. Mr. Clement’s lecture will be followed by a guided tour of the Mansion. Behind the Scenes Cocktail Tours, including cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres, will be offered from 6pm-8pm on Saturday, September 21 for $45/person. Reservations are requested for both the Peter W. Clement lecture and the Behind the Scenes Cocktail Tours by calling (716) 878-2396.

In addition, the Clement Mansion will be open to the public for guided tours between noon-4pm on Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22. The tours, which will be led by specially-trained volunteer docents, will start every 20 minutes for a suggested donation of $5.

“Everyone at the Red Cross knows how lucky we are to be able to come to work at the Clement Mansion every day,” said Nancy Blaschak, Regional CEO. “We are looking forward to not only sharing the history of this beautiful building, but also how our staff and volunteers are using the Mansion today to help our Western New York neighbors.”