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Red Cross Selects Tony Earley as Philanthropic CEO of the Year

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The American Red Cross of the Bay Area has selected Tony Earley as the 2015 Philanthropic CEO of the Year. Earley is the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of PG&E Corporation. Earley will officially accept the award at the 2015 Red Cross Gala, which takes place on Saturday, April 11, 2015, at Fort Mason Center, Herbst Pavilion in San Francisco. This year’s Gala is generously supported by many corporate sponsors including Deloitte & Touche LLP and PG&E Corporation who are the presenting sponsors.

Each year, the American Red Cross of the Bay Area honors a local CEO for making a significant contribution as a leader and advocate of philanthropy in the Bay Area community. Since joining PG&E in September 2011, Earley has spearheaded major initiatives focused on safety and operational excellence as the company works to rebuild customer trust and create a 21st century energy infrastructure for Northern and Central California. His commitment to community service includes memberships on the boards of the United Way Bay Area, the Exploratorium in San Francisco and the Bay Area Council. Before PG&E, Earley spent 17 years with DTE Energy in Detroit, and in 2003 he was selected one of several Michiganians of the Year.

For more than four decades, PG&E has partnered with the Red Cross to support disaster response at home and abroad. This includes the award-winning Ready Neighborhoods initiative, which reached over 1 million community members with emergency preparedness activities.

The announcement of Earley’s selection was made on November 20 at a reception for the Bay Area philanthropic and corporate community at the Exploratorium Observatory in San Francisco. Dr. Dennis M. Bartels, the Executive Director of the Exploratorium, welcomed guests to the reception. Lillian Phan, 2015 Red Cross Gala Chair, introduced Red Cross Gala Honorary Co-Chair and reception sponsor, Alexander R. Mehran, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sunset Development Company, who in turn recognized Earley for his leadership and personal commitment to supporting those in need.

“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. I look forward to living up to the responsibility that comes with this honor by encouraging other companies and individuals to join us in supporting this vital organization.”

Finally, Mark Cloutier, Regional CEO of the American Red Cross Northern California Coastal Region, expressed his appreciation for the generous donations and support of community leaders as well as the corporate sponsorships that make the Red Cross Gala possible and help raise money to support Red Cross initiatives in the Bay Area.

About the Red Cross Gala

The American Red Cross of the Bay Area will host its annual Red Cross Gala on Saturday, April 11, 2015, at Fort Mason Center, Herbst Pavilion in San Francisco. The black tie event will bring together members of the Bay Area philanthropic community to benefit local disaster preparedness, response and recovery services for the Bay Area’s 4.5 million residents, in addition to raising awareness of the vital role the Red Cross plays within local and global communities. Tony Earley, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of PG&E Corporation, will be honored as the American Red Cross of the Bay Area 2015 Philanthropic CEO of the Year.

The 2015 Red Cross Gala, chaired by Lillian Phan with Honorary Co-Chairs, Alexander R. Mehran, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sunset Development Company, and Teresa Briggs, Vice Chair and the West Region Managing Partner for Deloitte & Touche LLP, have created a spectacular evening of cocktails, three-course dinner, live auction, and dancing to celebrate the mission of the Red Cross to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

Tickets are $425 until February 2, 2014, and $495 thereafter. Tickets may be purchased at redcrossbayareagala.org. Sponsorships are still available. Follow #redcrossgalasf for more 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.