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Red Cross Announces Honorees for Celebrate Red! Event on April 12

PRINCETON, NJ, March 27, 2013 – The American Red Cross will be holding Celebrate Red! on the evening of Friday, April 12, 2013 at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey. The event will celebrate the Red Cross mission by honoring special community heroes in the exquisite setting of contemporary art and sculpture. Guests will enjoy a cocktail-style dinner menu created by Rat's Restaurant and an evening filled with live music and dancing, mission moments, and fabulous silent auction prizes.

Honorees for the evening are the New Jersey National Guard, Mr. William W. Augustine, and Silver Line by Andersen - this year’s recipient of the Bob Clancy “Culture of Caring” award.

“Celebrate Red! symbolizes the importance and history of the Red Cross partnership with the New Jersey National Guard and members of the military,” said Mathieu Nelessen, regional CEO, American Red Cross North Jersey Region.

The Red Cross will honor the more than 8,300 New Jersey National Guard members and share the evening with The Adjutant General of New Jersey, Brigadier General Michael L. Cunniff; Brigadier General James J. Grant, Director, Joint Staff; and Colonel Robert C. Bolton, Commander, New Jersey Air National Guard.

Also honored will be William (Bill) Augustine of Pennington, New Jersey - a treasured Red Cross volunteer for more than 15 years. Bill’s dedicated service has included delivering meals to the homebound and elderly as a Red Cross Meals on Wheels volunteer, devoted fundraising as a member of the American Red Cross of Central New Jersey Board of Directors, and assisting with disaster relief efforts during several large local disasters.

“The positive effects of Bill's tireless efforts and generosity are felt on a daily basis within our community,” said Nelessen. “Bill’s actions are a leading example of our vision to bring hope, compassion and care to people in need.”

The Red Cross will honor Silver Line by Andersen, located in North Brunswick, New Jersey, as recipient of the 2013 Culture of Caring Award. Silver Line has proven itself a dependable community partner to the Red Cross time and time again.

“Securing a strong venue for our Disaster Relief Operation headquarters in the days leading up to Superstorm Sandy’s landfall was of pivotal importance,” said Nelessen. “Silver Line came through again, offering the significant North Brunswick office space necessary to house thousands of Red Cross disaster workers coordinating and performing the daily operations for the massive relief efforts occurring throughout the state.”

The Culture of Caring Award is in memory of American Red Cross of Central New Jersey board member Bob Clancy. A strong Red Cross promoter beset with volunteer spirit, Mr. Clancy was convinced that being involved with the mission of the Red Cross could help create a culture of caring in the community. Past recipients include Cheryl Mooney, Robert E. Humes, William Augustine, the Long family, Merrill Lynch, William J. Noonan, William and Joan Schreyer, and The Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies.

Proceeds from Celebrate Red! will benefit Red Cross programs and services including meals delivered to the homebound and elderly, emergency preparedness education, and disaster response for families affected by home fires. During January and February alone, Disaster Services volunteers responded to 89 home fires affecting 208 families in the region, helping more than 640 people with emergency assistance for temporary lodging, food and clothing as needed. The cost in direct assistance was more than $108,000.

Celebrate Red! is co-chaired by members of the Board of Directors, Christine Sellitti and Richard Gilligan. Tickets, sponsorship and advertising opportunities to support the event are available and can be found online at www.redcross.org/Princeton or by calling Kim Goetz, special events manager, at 609-951-2114.

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 http://www.redcross.org/news-events.

About the American Red Cross North Jersey Region

The American Red Cross North Jersey Region provides programs and services throughout the counties of Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren, with a combined population of 5.7 million. The region trains and mobilizes more than 4,500 volunteers who support the delivery of services in the community. Last year, the Red Cross North Jersey Region responded to 419 local disasters, helping 929 families displaced by home fires; collected more than 28,500 units of blood through blood drives and Red Cross Blood Donation Centers; helped 884 military families send emergency messages, receive financial assistance, and get counseling and referrals; and trained 143,344 individuals with life-saving skills in CPR, AED use, first aid and aquatics. Follow the North Jersey Region social media channels.

Diane Concannon

American Red Cross North Jersey Region

609-951-2116 (office), 609-206-4043 (cell)

Diane.Concannon@redcross.org