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Red Cross to Honor the Quinn Family During May 2nd Celebrate Red!

FAIRFIELD, NJ – The American Red Cross will be holding Celebrate Red! on the evening of Thursday, May 2, 2013 at The Park Savoy Estate in Florham Park, New Jersey. The event will celebrate the Red Cross mission by honoring special community heroes in the exquisite setting of a magnificent New Jersey landmark. Guests will enjoy a cocktail-style dinner menu and an evening filled with live music and dancing, mission moments, and fabulous silent auction prizes.

The Quinn Family of Sussex County will be honored during the evening in recognition of the family’s long-standing history with the Red Cross mission. The Red Cross traces its Sussex County roots back to July 11, 1917, when a charter was issued for a branch to perform humanitarian work in Franklin, New Jersey. Mrs. Joseph P. Quinn, Sr. was the primary organizer and the motivating force.

Fast forward nearly 100 years to present day, and the Quinn Family’s legacy remains strongly tied to this mission. For the past 18 years, the Mrs. Joseph P. Quinn Sr. Award Celebration has honored individuals, businesses and organizations who have voluntarily contributed service, time, and personal resources to assist the American Red Cross in the accomplishment of its humanitarian mission. Those honorees were recognized for their service with the Quinn Award, a symbol of hope inspired by the honorees’ efforts.

Celebrate Red! symbolizes the important history of the Red Cross throughout the New Jersey communities we serve,” said Mathieu Nelessen, regional CEO, American Red Cross North Jersey Region. “It is not common for an organization to say that it has had the pleasure of interacting with a family for nearly a century. We applaud the Quinn Family for their continued support.”

During the evening, the Red Cross will also recognize the exceptional service of the following local volunteers:

Marty Campbell of Hopatcong - Disaster Services

Rose Cipriano of Millburn - Community Services, Braille

Richard Bente of Fairlawn - Community Services, Braille

Sherry Clain of Hamburg - Superstorm Sandy Disaster Relief Operations

Jack Clemence of Short Hills - Blood Services

Bill and Margaret Kelly of Teaneck - Every Day Heroes

Both Celgene Corporation of Summit and Summit Medical Group are platinum sponsors of the event.

“Celgene Corporation and Summit Medical Group have both been tremendous supporters of our mission,” said Nelessen. “They are true champions of our cause.”

Proceeds from Celebrate Red! will benefit Red Cross programs and services including emergency preparedness education, meals delivered to the homebound and elderly, and disaster response for families affected by home fires, During January and February alone, Disaster Services volunteers responded to 114 home fires affecting 291 families in the region, helping more than 900 people with emergency assistance for temporary lodging, food and clothing as needed. The cost in direct assistance was more than $152,000.

Celebrate Red! is co-chaired by Board Members Christine Reilly, American Red Cross New Jersey Crossroads and Jennifer Harrison, American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey. Tickets, sponsorship and advertising opportunities to support the event are available and can be found online at 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

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)