“Everything the Red Cross does amazes me.” So said Joseph Stanco, CEO Rallye Auto Group President & CEO, upon receiving the American Red Cross on Long Island’s Humanitarian Award at last night’s 2014 Red & White Dinner Dance, held at Carlyle on the Green, Bethpage State Park, in Farmingdale, N.Y.
More than 300 supporters of the Long Island Red Cross attended the event, which honored both Stanco, and Aimee DiBartolomeo-Cody, President & Owner, Premier Benefit Plans.
The prestigious Long Island Humanitarian Award is presented to an outstanding individual who has made a significant impact on Long Island, exemplifies the core values of the Red Cross and is a leader and mentor within the community.
“Throughout its longstanding partnership with the Long Island Red Cross, Rallye Auto Group President and CEO Joseph Stanco has been at the forefront of our joint efforts,” said John Miller, CEO of the Red Cross on Long Island as he presented the awrd. “Joe's passion for his community, his compassion and his ability to lead by example make him an ideal recipient of this award. He has a tremendous heart.”
Stanco said, “It is an honor to receive this award from such a great organization as the Red Cross, but this is really a team effort. Many of our customers and employees have lent us a hand in giving back to the community we’ve been in for over 55 years. For that, I am truly grateful.”
Ms. Aimee DiBartolomeo-Cody, president and owner, Premier Benefit Plans, received the Good Neighbor Award. This award is given to an organization outside of the American Red Cross that has made a significant contribution to the community in support of the American Red Cross.
DiBartolomeo-Cody is a board member of the Red Cross on Long Island. “Aimee and Premier Benefit Plans have been long-time supporters of the organization,” Miller said. “Premier Benefit Plans has long been an excellent model for corporate social responsibility. Aimee is an effective executive and a true community leader.”
“I am honored to accept the Good Neighbor award,” DiBartolomeo-Cody said. “I have been inspired by the care and compassion of the Red Cross volunteers and employees during the many crisis and disasters over the years. It has been a privilege to serve on the board and to help the organization carry out its mission of helping people in their greatest hour of need.”
Attendees also heard from New Yorker Emelyn Saavedra, a native of Tacloban, Philippines, who received help from the Red Cross after Typhoon Haiyan. Unable to locate her family in the Philippines after the storm, Saavedra called on the Red Cross. (She also received Red Cross support after Hurricanes Irene and Sandy.)
Before the Red Cross was able to reach her family, Emelyn’s sister was able to locate their relatives and determine that they were okay. Nevertheless, Emelyn was grateful for the emotional support she received from the Red Cross.
“The Red Cross are the people who give hope when people need it most,” she told the crowd.
Live and silent auctions were highlights of the event, as were performances by the Infernos, the area’s premier live performance group.
The event raised more than $250,000 for the humanitarian mission of the Red Cross. “Thank you to all of our supporters for your amazing generosity,” Miller said.
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 redcross.org/li or visit us on Twitter at @LIRedCross.