Gladys Knight to perform at 2013 Red Cross Gala, Hope by Design

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (February 19, 2013) – One of San Francisco’s most anticipated events of the year, the 2013 Red Cross Gala – ‘Hope by Design’, will feature a musical performance by eight-time Grammy award-winning R&B icon Gladys Knight. This year’s Red Cross Gala, presented by Dignity Health, Wells Fargo Bank, and Kaiser Permanente, will be held on Saturday, April 6, at the Concourse Exhibition Center in San Francisco’s design district.

Honorary co-chairs Honorable Willie L. Brown Jr. and Michael Covarrubias, civic and corporate leaders, and the Bay Area’s leading philanthropists will gather for the festivities which will include cocktails, dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions, and a raffle drawing to benefit the American Red Cross Bay Area’s disaster readiness and response efforts that spread hope in our local community.

Lloyd Dean, President and CEO of Dignity Health, will be honored and presented the 2013 Humanitarian CEO of the Year Award to for his commitment to providing immediate humanitarian assistance to those in need.

Underwritten by McKesson & Dignity Health, guests will enjoy music by Empress of Soul Gladys Knight, an icon who has enjoyed number one hits in pop, R&B, and Adult Contemporary, and has triumphed in film, television, and live performance. Georgia-born Knight began performing at recitals at age 4 in the Mount Mariah Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA. Three years later, in 1952, she won the grand prize on television’s “Ted Mack’s Amateur Hour,” and the following year she, along with her brother, Bubba, and her cousins, formed The Pips and had their first hit in 1961. In 1962 the group was renamed Gladys Knight & The Pips and went on to achieve icon status, recording some of the most memorable songs of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. Knight has recorded more than 38 albums over the years, including four solo albums during the past decade. She recently released her newest album, featuring the hit “I Who Have Nothing.” Her other accolades include an induction into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame, an Essence Award for Career Achievement, a Lifetime Achievement Award from BET, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The black or red tie event will also highlight the talents, creativity, and imagination of some of the Bay Area’s top designers who will create individual tablescapes, each designed to reflect the Red Cross mission. For more information about the event and to purchase tickets or sponsor a table, please visit www.redcrossbayareagala.org.

About the 2013 Red Cross Gala

The 2013 Red Cross Gala, presented by Dignity Health, Wells Fargo Bank, and Kaiser Permanente, will take place on Saturday, April 6, at the Concourse Exhibition Center in San Francisco’s design district. The Honorary Co-Chairs are the Honorable Willie L. Brown Jr. and Michael Covarrubias. The Event Co-Chairs are Susan Atherton and Gwyneth Borden. Civic leaders, corporate sponsors and the Bay Area’s leading philanthropists will gather for the black or red tie festivities including cocktails, dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions, and a raffle drawing benefiting the American Red Cross Bay Area’s disaster readiness and response efforts that spread hope in our local community. Embracing its new location in San Francisco’s Design District, the theme for the American Red Cross Bay Area’s 2013 Red Cross Gala is “Hope By Design” and will highlight the talents, creativity, and imagination of the Bay Area’s top designers as they uniquely celebrate the Red Cross mission. The historic Red Cross Gala is the single largest fundraising event for the crucial work of the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter. The 2012 Red Cross Gala raised more than $600,000 for the local Chapter. 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. You may also find us on Facebook and Twitter.