Florence Spottswood Humanitarian of the Year Gala


The American Red Cross will honor Rosi Ware, one of Key West’s most energetic community activists and civic volunteers during the 2013 Florence Spottswood Humanitarian of the Year Award Gala to be held at 7pm on Feb. 2nd at the Marriott Key West Beachside Hotel.

The vitality of Rosi’s connection to the heartbeat of the community is easily seen through her involvement with such institutions as the Key West Garden Club, Last Stand and The Studios of Key West. As President of the Garden Club, she spearheaded the restoration of the property which was devastated by Hurricane Wilma and created its non-profit fundraising programs. When she began her current stint as President of The Studios of Key West she saw herself once again in the position of restorer, this time of the organizational and operational aspects of this highly respected facility.

Rosi started volunteering with Monroe Association for Remarkable Citizens by participating in all the teaching capacities offered, by taking small groups out and by teaching life skills. She continues to provide counseling and guidance “for an inspiring group of mentally handicapped adults!” Most recently she has been selected as a member of the DAC 1 Committee, a special community recognition of her knowledge and leadership skills.

Lifetime Achievement Honorees:

Joe Viana and Ray Baker

After a dozen yearly visits, Joe Viana and Ray Baker moved here permanently in 1986, with high-energy cultural enthusiasms immediately involving them in the art-music-theater world of Key West. Joe’s organizational skills soon made him president of the Founders Society and the Impromptu Concerts, treasurer of the Key West Pops Orchestra, and a major player on the boards of the Anne McKee Artists Fund and the Bahama Village Music Program. And when the Impromptu Concerts hoped to buy a costly new concert grand piano, Joe and Ray made it financially possible. At the same time, Ray’s career background in advertising brought lustre to the promotional activities of all these busy nonprofits. Ray also, as an original founder, helped bring the all-important Community Foundation of the Florida Keys into existence.

Sponsorships and Tickets available now:

Presenting $25,000 (includes full page in tribute book)

Host $10,000 (includes full page in tribute book)

Patron $5,000 (includes full page in tribute book)

Benefactor $2,500 (includes half page in tribute book)

Special Friend $250 (includes program listing in tribute)

Tribute Book:

Full Page Tribute 8 1/2 x 11 $1,000

Half Page Tribute 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 $500

Listing on special tribute page 3 lines of text $250

Individual tickets $150

Make your check payable to:

American Red Cross Greater Miami & The Keys

Florence Spottswood Humanitarian of the Year Gala

5450 MacDonald Avenue, Unit 11

Key West ,FL 33040

For credit card payment information or other details contact Betsy Dietz at: 305-292-1145 or Betsy_Dietz@yahoo.com

All but $75 per person (for those attending ) is tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Funds raised support the lifesaving mission of the Red Cross in the Florida Keys.

The Clara Barton Society of Key West

The threat of war burdened every American’s heart and mind. Florence (Mrs. Robert) Spottswood of Key West went to work. A native Key Wester, she was deeply committed to the lush tropical paradise that generations of her family called home. Mrs. Spottswood knew that Key West needed a Red Cross. In April 1917, she gathered leading citizens. On July 18, 1917, President William Howard Taft signed the charter establishing the Key West Chapter of the American Red Cross. Today, Key West volunteers continue with the same spirit Mrs. Spottswood and her co-workers demonstrated. Many members of Mrs. Spottswood’s family have followed her footsteps and remain dedicated to the cause.

Past Honorees:

Bryan Green and Tony Konrath 2012

Eileen and Justin Kawaler 2011

Jean Carper 2010

Lynn Kaufelt 2009

Matthew Helmerich 2008

Edith Amsterdam 2007

Mary Ann and Roger Westerlund 2006

Dr. Jerome Covington and

Dr. Mark Whiteside 2005

Joseph R. Liszka 2004

Edward Block 2003

Frank Toppino 2002

Frank Romano* 2001

Joan* and Edward Knight 2000

Dorothy Sherman* 1999

Anne McKee 1998

Wilhelmina Harvey* 1997

Dr. Herman K. Moore* 1996

The Spottswood Family 1995

* deceased

2013 Committee:

Edith Amsterdam, Todd German, Bryan Green, Matthew Helmerich, Mary Lou Hoover, Tony Konrath, Laurie McChesney, Ann Reynolds, Bunnie Smith, Terri Spottswood, John Spottswood III, Ginny Stones.

Sam Tidwell, Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross

For more information contact JB Hunt at JB.Hunt@redcross.org., or by phone at (305) 296-4033

6:30 pm - Reception

7:00 pm – Dinner and Dancing

*Tropical Evening Attire