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Red Cross to Recognize Heroes at Upcoming Red Tie Heroes Gala

A Red Tie Affair - Honoring Our Heroes
"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."

On October 23, 2014, at their annual gala, A Red Tie Affair, Honoring our Heroes, the American Red Cross Greater New York Region will honor Candice Bergen, Patrick Durkin, BNY Mellon and two heroes for their humanitarian efforts. More than 500 Red Cross supporters will gather at Gotham Hall for an evening to celebrate not only these heroes but all who give of themselves to make a difference in their communities.

The event will be emceed by NBC 4 anchor/reporter Gus Rosendale with special award presentations by CNN host of New Day, Chris Cuomo. Cuomo will recognize two heroes, Jermaine Shirley and Pamela Rauseo, who in the face of adversity instinctively took action to save lives.

Emmy-Award winning actress Candice Bergen will receive the Red Cross Vanguard Award for her commitment to serving those in need; Managing Director of Barclays and Greater New York Red Cross board member Patrick Durkin will be presented with the Humanitarian Award; and BNY Mellon will receive the Corporate Leadership Award.

“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.

Candice Bergen–Vanguard Award

The Vanguard Award recognizes a Red Cross celebrity partner for his or her unwavering dedication to serving those affected by disaster. Through generous contributions made through her charitable foundation, as well as through volunteer time she has given to the organization, Candice Bergen has demonstrated a tremendous commitment to the Red Cross mission.

Patrick Durkin–Humanitarian Award

The Humanitarian Award recognizes an individual whose work exemplifies the humanitarian values of the Red Cross and inspires others to do the same. As a dedicated volunteer and board member for the past 15 years, Patrick Durkin has been a fierce champion of the Red Cross mission and worked tirelessly to advocate to those around him the importance of the Red Cross. The result—Durkin has raised millions of dollars for the organization from his colleagues, friends and the companies he has worked for. To that end, as Managing Director and Head of Government Relations and Public Policy in the US at Barclays, Durkin has helped build Barclays’ longstanding relationship with the Red Cross, one in which the bank has supported more than 15 humanitarian emergencies across the globe over the past five years. In addition to providing financial support and encouraging others to give, Durkin has also lent his business expertise and time to strengthening existing Red Cross programs and creating new ones.

BNY Mellon–Corporate Leadership Award

The Corporate Leadership Award recognizes an organization whose work reflects the fundamental principles of the Red Cross and its tireless commitment to help those in need. As a member of the Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving program, BNY Mellon’s significant financial support helps the Red Cross respond immediately to the needs of individuals and families affected by disaster anywhere in the United States. In the Greater NY Region, BNY Mellon also supports the Red Cross mission financially through corporate and employee donations. However, the company’s commitment to the Red Cross mission goes beyond financial support. As part of the Ready When the Time Comes program, BNY Mellon employees are trained in Red Cross disaster relief and are ready to assist at critical times. BNY Mellon’s President Karen Peetz, who serves on the Greater New York Red Cross Board of Directors, will accept the award.

Jermaine Shirley—Red Tie Hero

On the morning of December 18, 2013, U.S. Postal worker and father Jermaine Shirley woke to find his Bronx apartment building engulfed in flames. He not only ran from door-to-door, rousing people and urging them to evacuate, he also caught infant twin boys tossed by their father from the building’s third-floor fire escape as the blaze overtook their apartment. The entire building survived due to Jermaine’s selfless acts.

Pamela Rauseo—Red Tie Hero

Last February, Bronx native Pamela Rauseo was stuck in traffic on a Miami expressway with her five-month-old nephew in the backseat when the boy stopped breathing. Previously trained in CPR, Pamela stopped the car and successfully breathed life into her nephew’s motionless body. The boy is alive and well today thanks to her training and quick actions.

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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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossNY.