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Annual Red Cross Gala Surpasses Financial Goal in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – On Saturday, April 11, over 600 philanthropists descended on the Herbst Pavilion at Fort Mason in San Francisco for the sold out annual Red Cross Gala. The signature event raised over $1.74 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, a sumptuous seated dinner by McCalls, live and silent auction, and dancing was presented by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), 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 was 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 the 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.

“The Red Cross has a truly noble mission of service. I am proud of how PG&E has supported the American Red Cross Bay Area over many years, and I encourage others to show their support as well. Together, we can help our communities prepare for and respond to disasters—and in doing so, help those communities thrive,” Earley said.

“I am honored to chair this record-breaking event where the funds raised help to prevent and alleviate human suffering in our neighborhoods including the recent Mission District fires,” 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 were 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 Red Cross has a truly noble mission of service. I am proud of how PG&E has supported the American Red Cross Bay Area over many years, and I encourage others to show their support as well. Together, we can help our communities prepare for and respond to disasters—and in doing so, help those communities thrive,” Earley said.

The 2015 Red Cross Gala was held Saturday, April 11 at Fort Mason in the Herbst Pavilion. Proceeds for this event will benefit the American Red Cross of the Bay Area disaster preparedness, response and recovery program, and services in the community. Presenting corporate sponsors PG&E Corporation, Wells Fargo, Altec and Deloitte LLP generously supported the gala. The 2015 Red Cross Gala committee included Teresa Briggs and Alexander R. Mehran (Honorary Co-chairs), Paula Downey and Tim Geraghty (Host Committee Co-chairs), 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. Tickets were $495 for the sold-out event and various sponsorship levels were available. 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 redcross.org/bayarea to learn more. You may also find us on Facebook and Twitter.