At its annual gala, A Red Tie Affair, Honoring our Heroes, the American Red Cross Greater New York Region honored Candice Bergen, Patrick Durkin, BNY Mellon and two “everyday” heroes for their humanitarian efforts. More than 500 Red Cross supporters gathered at Gotham Hall the evening of October 23, to celebrate not only these heroes but all who give of themselves to make a difference in their communities.
“This is an amazing evening where we celebrate extraordinary acts of generosity and heroism and thank all those who make the Red Cross lifesaving mission possible,” said Josh Lockwood, CEO, American Red Cross Greater NY region. “Each honoree inspires us and shows how to make a difference in our communities and improve the lives of those around us,” Lockwood said.
The event was emceed by NBC 4 anchor and reporter Gus Rosendale, with special award presentations by CNN host of “New Day,” Chris Cuomo. Cuomo recognized two heroes, Jermaine Shirley and Pamela Rauseo, who, in the face of adversity, instinctively took action to save lives.
“I’m here tonight with a group of people who represent some of the best work human beings can do,” Cuomo said. He added that his heroes are the men and women of the Red Cross.
“I met them in East New York in the 80s,” he said. “I met them in SE Asia after the tsunami. I saw them in Hurricane Katrina helping people figure out what their lives were going to be. They have been everywhere that nobody wants to go. They are regular people who by vocation or avocation do the jobs the rest of us don’t want to do, don’t know how to do.”
Red Tie Hero Jermain Shirley, a postal worker from the Bronx, roused neighbors during a fire, urging them to evacuate, and caught infant twin boys tossed by their father from the building’s third-floor fire escape. Jermain gave heartfelt thanks to the Red Cross, which, he said, he’d admired since he was a child in Jamaica.
Red Tie Hero Pamela Rauseo, who saved her young nephew’s life with CPR gave an impassioned plea for new mothers and, in fact, all Americans, to become CPR trained so that they, too, are prepared to save to save lives, as she did.
Emmy-Award winning actress Candice Bergen received the Red Cross Vanguard Award for her commitment to serving those in need. “Thank you to the Red Cross,” she said. “You are always there for us.”
American Red Cross President and CEO, Gail J. McGovern, presented Managing Director of Barclays and Greater New York Red Cross board member Patrick with the Humanitarian Award, which recognizes an individual whose work exemplifies and inspires the humanitarian values and fundamental principles of the Red Cross.
“Blood is to the body what your donations are to the Red Cross,” Durkin said upon receiving the award. “Your generosity allows this organization to be the largest and most effective relief organization in America.”
McGovern later presented BNY Mellon with the Corporate Leadership Award, which recognizes an organization whose work and good deeds reflect the fundamental principles of the Red Cross and its tireless commitment to help those in need. The award was accepted by BNY Mellon President, Karen Peetz.
“On behalf of everyone at BNY Mellon, it’s an extraordinary privilege to receive this award,” Peetz said. “As well as to be a longstanding partner to the American Red Cross, and to have the opportunity to join in saluting the heroes here tonight.”
The evening ended with an after party sponsored by the Greater New York Young Professionals Council and Pernaud Ricard USA. The Red Cross thanks Pernaud Ricard USA and DJ Prostyle from iHeartMedia, who provided music during the after party.
Next year’s Red Tie Honorees will be Citibank, and Peter and Elisa Rapaport.
The Greater New York Red Cross wishes to thank Presenting Sponsor, BNY Mellon, Visionary Sponsor, OldcastleBuildingEnvelope, and Champion Sponsor, Dalio Foundation, and Media Sponsor iHeartMedia, for their support.
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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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossNY.