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Annual Red Cross Gala Coming to San Francisco’s Fort Mason

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – On Saturday, April 11, over 600 philanthropists will descend on the Herbst Pavilion at Fort Mason in San Francisco for the sold out annual Red Cross Gala. The signature event is expected to raise well over one million dollars for local disaster preparedness, response, and recovery in addition to raising awareness of the vital role the Red Cross plays in local and global communities. Chaired by Lillian Phan, the spectacular evening of cocktails, seated dinner, live and silent auction, and dancing will be presented by PG&E Corporation, Wells Fargo, Altec and Deloitte LLC. Major donors include: Agile-1, Audi, Barnard Construction, CSAA Insurance, Okonite, and Sunset Development Company as Community Preparedness Sponsors, ABB, Inc, Bank of America, Cognizant Technologies, Dignity Health, Intren, KPMG, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Snelson, TMG Partners and Utility Tree Service as Emergency Response Sponsors, and AT&T, Bain & Company, BlackRock, Franklin Templeton Investments, Flour, Gibson Dunn, Hathaway Dinwiddle, Lennar Urban, MRC, McKesson, Nexant, OneSource, Opower, Sutter Health, Quanta Services, RHA, S&S, Salesforce Foundation Shorenstein, Southwire and Vantagepoint as Lifesaving Sponsors.

The pinnacle of the evening will be the tribute to the American Red Cross of the Bay Area’s Philanthropic CEO of the Year, Anthony F. Earley, Jr., Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of PG&E Corporation, honoring him for his philanthropic commitment to making our community a better and safer place for all. For more than four decades, PG&E has partnered with the Red Cross to support community safety and disaster response at home and abroad. This includes the award-winning Ready Neighborhoods initiative, which reached over one million community members with emergency preparedness activities.

“It’s a privilege to be honored by the American Red Cross of the Bay Area,” Earley said. “PG&E has been proud to collaborate with the Red Cross over the years on a number of local programs that help our communities prepare for and recover from emergencies.”

“The 2015 Red Cross Gala is a celebration of the mission of the American Red Cross to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers,” said gala chair Lillian Phan. Teresa Briggs, Vice Chair and the West Region Managing Partner for Deloitte LLP and Alexander R. Mehran, Sr., President and Chief Executive Officer of Sunset Development Company are the co-honorary chairs. “Under the leadership of Tony Earley, PG&E employees have dedicated more than 75,000 volunteer hours at hundreds of company-led community projects this past year and have donated more than $7.3 million out of their own pockets to local nonprofit agencies like the Red Cross,” shared Briggs.

The 2015 Red Cross Gala is Saturday, April 11 at Fort Mason in the Herbst Pavilion. Proceeds for this event will benefit the American Red Cross of the Bay Area's disaster preparedness, response and recovery program, and services in the community. Presenting corporate sponsors PG&E Corporation, Wells Fargo, Altec and Deloitte LLP are generously supporting the gala. The 2015 Red Cross Gala committee includes Lillian Phan (Gala Chair), Rhiannon Anderson, Ginie Brown, Shelly Carter, Maryam Ghajar, Suzanne Greenberg, Lee Gregory, Colby Hallen, McCall Harwell, Lindsey Haswell, Julia Le, Elaine Mellis, Kaitlin Mulderig, Kelly Murphy, Ted Murphy, Jamie Pursuit, Beth Schnitzer, Raghu Shivaram, V’Anne Singleton, Kirsten Strobel, Eva Voisin, and Jessica Young. Although sold out, tickets were $495. Sponsorships are still available at Follow on Twitter at #redcrossgalasf for more Red Cross Gala information and updates.

About the American Red Cross of the Bay Area

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 call 1-888-4-HELP-BAY (1-888-443-5722) or visit to learn more. You may also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Press Contacts:

Cynthia Shaw for American Red Cross

Phone: (408) 666-6857

Elaine Mellis for 2015 Red Cross Bay Area Gala

Phone: (415) 509-7576