Updated Statement by the American Red Cross on the 60th International Red Cross Ball:
The global Red Cross Red Crescent network is guided by seven fundamental principles—humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality. These principles guide us as we provide humanitarian assistance while not engaging in controversies of a political, racial, religious or ideological nature so that we may continue to fulfill our mission and enjoy the confidence of all.
Sixteen-month-old Cayli—being held by her neighbor Beverly Presley—received diapers and snacks from the Red Cross after strong tornadoes and storms ravaged southern states.
Six-year-old Fatima is lifted to safety after being rescued from the Mediterranean Sea. Red Cross Red Crescent teams provided urgent medical care aboard migrant rescue boats in the waters in between Libya and Italy.
After years of relying on photographs from their youth, three siblings separated during World War II see each other's adult faces for the first time. The three were able to reconnect, thanks to the Red Cross’s Restoring Family Links program.
The Red Cross ensured Mary and Freddy Jackson received snacks and hot meals in the aftermath of strong storms and tornadoes in their hometown earlier this year.
American Red Cross swimming and water safety courses are available for children and adults. Parent-and-child classes help young children get used to being in the water and teach parents how to help keep their children safe in and around water.
Starting with President Woodrow Wilson in 1913, the President of the United States has consistently served as the Honorary President or Chairman of the American Red Cross. President Wilson appeared in a poster with the message: I summon you to the comradeship.
American Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED training gives people the confidence and skills to act in emergencies and save lives.
The American Red Cross serves 2 million military personnel with 24/7 global emergency communication services; support military and veteran health care facilities across the country and overseas; and help families cope with deployments and support returning combat veterans as they reintegrate into the community.
Erik Gil gave blood for the first time at a Salt Lake Donor Center. The Red Cross supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood supply. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.
The 60th Annual International Red Cross Ball was held at Mar-A-Lago, in Palm Beach, Florida on February 4, 2017. The International Red Cross Ball was founded 60 years ago by Marjorie Merriweather Post, who made her home at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach. Since 2005, the Ball has been held at Mar-a-Lago every year except for 2013 and 2014. This annual event raises much needed funds to support the life-saving mission of the American Red Cross.
We are grateful to all those who attended this event and appreciate their generous donations which will help those affected by disasters, supply much-needed blood to patients and hospitals, teach life-saving skills, support our military and their families and provide international humanitarian aid. President Donald J. Trump has attended the International Red Cross Ball in the past, and we appreciate his support for our work. Starting with President Woodrow Wilson in 1913, the President of the United States has consistently served as the Honorary President or Chairman of the American Red Cross.
While the International Red Cross Ball is an annual affair, our work on the ground is ongoing. The American Red Cross, when requested by local authorities, will provide basic support to stranded travelers affected by the recent executive order on immigration, including providing food and water at ports of entry; blankets, toiletries and other aid; and health, mental health and spiritual care services. Our “Restoring Family Links” services are also available to help detainees and stranded travelers who have been separated internationally to reconnect with their loved ones. Our regional leaders continue to follow these issues closely and are in close contact with the relevant local authorities. At least one American Red Cross region has received and responded to a formal request for such assistance.
As always, the seven fundamental principles of the Red Cross govern our activities: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality. These principles guide us as we provide humanitarian assistance while not engaging in controversies of a political, racial, religious or ideological nature so that we may continue to fulfill our mission and enjoy the confidence of all.
In response to the protest that took place at the Ball this year: we respect the right of all people to express their views and are thankful to live in a country where such discourse is embraced, and we are pleased these expressions did not hinder the efforts of an impartial humanitarian organization that serves the urgent needs of people at home and around the world.
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 redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.