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University of Phoenix to be Honored at 2013 Petals of Hope Gala

SAN JOSE, CA (March 25, 2013) – The American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter today announced it will be honoring University of Phoenix® with the 2013 Humanitarian Partnership Award at the 2013 Red Cross Petals of Hope Gala, taking place on May 4 at the Palo Alto Hills Golf and Country Club. Civic leaders, executives, corporate sponsors and the Silicon Valley’s leading philanthropists will gather for the black tie festivities including cocktails, dinner, live and silent auctions, and a Fund a Need appeal that will engage business leaders and major donors in the lifesaving mission of the Red Cross in the community.

This year the American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter is proud to honor University of Phoenix for their humanitarian efforts in partnering with the American Red Cross to promote nursing, blood donations, support of military families, and lifesaving trainings such as first aid and CPR across the United States. This past year, the University’s financial commitment to the American Red Cross enabled us to continue to provide services to military members and their families, including emergency messaging, holiday mail for men and women serving overseas, and assistance for military members who need transportation home in case of a critical emergency.

“University of Phoenix and its parent company, Apollo Group, have a long history of supporting, and partnering with, the American Red Cross. Employees and alumni from University of Phoenix are involved with Red Cross activities across the nation,” said Pilar Furlong, interim CEO, American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter. “Thanks to the generous support of University of Phoenix, the American Red Cross is able to continue its mission of helping communities locally and nationally respond in time of disaster.”

"We are also privileged to welcome the Consul General of Switzerland, Julius F. Anderegg, who will speak about the origin of the Red Cross Movement by the Swiss Businessman, Henry Dunant in 1863," said Florence Buatois, 2013 Red Cross Petals of Hope Gala Chair. "We are thrilled to host Silicon Valley’s movers and shakers at this exclusive event in support of a cause that makes such a critical impact in our community, across the country and around the world.”

Tickets are $250. Tables are $2,500. The American Red Cross is seeking additional corporate sponsors for the event. Sponsorship opportunities include recognition for businesses and individuals in the community. All funds raised benefit the American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter to help those in need. For more information about the event and to purchase tickets or to sponsor a table, please visit

About the 2013 Red Cross Petals of Hope Gala

The 2013 Red Cross Petals of Hope Gala will take place on Saturday, May 4, at the Palo Alto Hills Golf and Country Club from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Gala chair is Florence Buatois. The Red Cross Gala is the American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter’s largest fundraising event that benefits local disaster relief and readiness for Santa Clara County’s two million residents, in addition to raising awareness of the vital role the Red Cross plays within our national and global communities. In Santa Clara County, Red Cross volunteers respond to disaster every 68 hours, helping families and neighborhoods recover from tragedy.

About American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter

The American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter is a non-profit, humanitarian organization that depends on the generous contributions of time and money from Santa Clara County residents and companies to provide services and programs that help our community prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. For more information on disaster preparedness, health and safety classes, volunteer opportunities, and financial contributions, visit our website at or call us at 1-877-727-6771. You may also find us on Facebook and Twitter.