SAN FRANCISCO, CA (November 28, 2012) – The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter announced that Lloyd Dean, President and CEO of Dignity Health, has been named the organization’s Humanitarian CEO of the Year. The announcement was made on November 15 at a reception for members of the Bay Area philanthropic community at the offices of law firm Nixon Peabody. Dean will accept the award at the 2013 Red Cross Gala, featuring the theme “Hope By Design” and taking place on Saturday, April 6 at the Concourse Exhibition Center in San Francisco’s design district.
The American Red Cross is honoring Dean as this year’s recipient for his long-standing support of the local Bay Area Chapter and his continued commitment to the community. A nationally recognized leader within and beyond the field of health care, Dean oversees Dignity Health –one of the nation’s five largest health care systems and a 16-state network of nearly 11,000 physicians, 56,000 employees, and more than 300 care centers, including hospitals, urgent and occupational care, imaging centers, home health, and primary care clinics.. Under his leadership, Dignity Health and the American Red Cross have developed a meaningful partnership based on the mutual goal of delivering humanitarian relief both locally and around the world in times of emergency.
A close partner with the American Red Cross for over 13 years, Dignity Health has supported relief efforts in the U.S. Gulf Region following Hurricane Katrina, has championed the Red Cross’ Prepare Bay Area initiative and the Catastrophic Disaster Response Plan, and has supported the organization’s Ready Rating program as well as Red Cross Youth Services. Dignity Health and Wells Fargo are the presenting sponsors of the 2013 Red Cross Gala in San Francisco.
Gala Chairs Gwyneth Borden and Susan Atherton were on-hand to introduce Red Cross Gala Honorary Co-Chairs, the Honorable Willie L. Brown, Jr. and Michael Covarrubias, who in turn honored Lloyd Dean for his commitments to the Red Cross. In his remarks, Dean commented that while it makes sense for Dignity Health and the Red Cross to be partners as both organizations are first responders, he emphasized that every person and every company is a good partner for the Red Cross noting that there will come a time in our community when organizations will need to work together in the face of a major disaster. Finally, Harold W. Brooks, CEO of the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter, expressed his appreciation for the generous donations and support of community leaders as well as the corporate sponsorships that make the Red Cross Gala possible and help raise money to support Red Cross initiatives in the Bay Area.
Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres provided by Barbara Llewellyn Catering and sipped on wine sponsored by Nixon Peabody while mingling in their beautiful offices overlooking the Golden Gate.
About the Red Cross Gala
The 2013 Red Cross Gala will take place on Saturday, April 6 at the Concourse Exhibition Center in San Francisco’s design district. The Red Cross Gala is the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter’s annual fundraising event that benefits local disaster relief and readiness for the Bay Area’s 4.5 million residents, in addition to raising awareness of the vital role the Red Cross plays within global communities. The American Red Cross is seeking corporate sponsors for the event. For more information about the event and to purchase tickets or sponsor a table, please visit www.redcrossbayareagala.org.
About the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter
As a community-based, humanitarian organization, the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter provides relief to those affected by disasters and empowers individuals in our community to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. By helping people in the Bay Area learn how to take care of their families and neighbors, the Red Cross strengthens the community and makes it ready for all types of disasters, including home fires, earthquakes, wildfires and health emergencies. Call 1-888-4-HELP-BAY (1-888-443-5722) or visit www.redcrossbayarea.org to learn more.