Red Ball presented by Independence Blue Cross raises over $400k

PHILADELPHIA, MARCH 11, 2013 — More than 1,000 guests attended the American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania (SEPA) Chapter’s 13th annual Red Ball presented by Independence Blue Cross on Saturday night March 9th at the Please Touch Museum.

The Red Ball raised more than $400,000, the most ever for any SEPA Chapter single day event, breaking last year’s record.

Guests at the annual “red tie gala” sampled culinary delights prepared by Philadelphia’s hottest chefs and for the third year got the chance to vote for their favorite restaurant. This year’s restaurant winner is Devon Seafood. American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania CEO Judge Renee Cardwell Hughes presented the glass award to Devon Seafood general manager Harry Weckerley and Executive Chef Scott Carroll.

Guests danced the night away with entertainment provided by CTO World Entertainment Productions, enjoyed the museum’s exhibits, carousel rides, mingled with Philadelphia’s social and business leaders, bid on luxury items in the silent auction sponsored by Macy’s and learned more about the mission of the Red Cross. The VIP room, sponsored by Wells Fargo, featured cuisine by R2L chef Daniel Stern and live entertainment by local jazz artist Gerald Veasley, a cigar bar and gifts bags.

Impact Moments greeted guests at both the VIP and Main Event entrances to give Red Ball attendees a true sense of Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter’s Red Cross House – The Center for Disaster Recovery. Both impact moments featured a re-creation of a private family suite for local survivors of disaster. All proceeds from The Red Ball directly benefit Red Cross House, SEPA Chapter’s one-of-a-kind short-term housing facility in University City where hundreds of local families every year begin their recovery from fires, floods, and other disasters.

The public is invited to regularly check out photos from and articles about the event.

The Red Ball presented by Independence Blue Cross is the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter’s signature event for Red Cross Month. Every president since Franklin Roosevelt – in 1943 – has deemed March as National Red Cross Month.

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About the American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania:

The American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. The Red Cross is not a government agency. All Red Cross assistance is free of charge. Financial contributions are always welcomed and needed and can be made by going to RedCrossPhilly.org.