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Red Cross Honors Women Leaders at its 21st Annual Spectrum Awards

PHILADELPHIA —The American Red Cross will honor another impressive list of women leaders at its 21st Annual Spectrum Awards breakfast on November 12th.

This year’s winners are: Janet Brutschea Haugen, Denise Graf, Joan Carter, and Summer Kollie. The Spectrum Awards Breakfast honors local women for their contributions to the Philadelphia community. (Bios below)

“We look for and select women that represent the humanitarian mission of the American Red Cross, while also celebrate what makes Philadelphia a special place,” American Red Cross Eastern Pennsylvania CEO Judge Renée Cardwell Hughes said. “This year’s honorees do that and more.”

This year’s event will be held at the Union League Philadelphia on Wednesday, November 12 at 8 a.m. CBS 3 Anchor Pat Ciarrocchi will host for the 14th year.

Below are bios of each of the award recipients.

Janet Brutschea Haugen, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Unisys – Janet Haugen is the recipient of the Beyond the Glass Ceiling Corporate and Community Achievement Award. Janet was elected a Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Unisys in 2000. While at Unisys, she led and initiative to simplify and standardize global business processes. She inspires others by consistently embracing the values of the American Red Cross – impartiality, unity, independence, voluntary service and humanity.

Denise Graf, Project Adminstrator, Vanguard and Captain of the American Red Cross Disaster Action Team for Chester County – Denise Graf is the recipient of the Clara Barton Outstanding Humanitarian Award for Community Service. Denise has demonstrated outstanding leadership as a Disaster Action Team Captain in Chester County. The award recognizes leadership in education, hunger, homelessness or preservation of life. In so doing, the honoree has enriched the lives of many others while embodying the values of the American Red Cross – impartiality, unity, independence, voluntary service and humanity.

Joan Carter, President, UM Holdings Ltd. –Joan Carter is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award. Joan exemplifies the highest levels of achievement, influence and commitment in her industry. Joan has distinguished herself as a true leader while being responsive to her community and embodying the values of the American Red Cross – impartiality, unity, independence, voluntary service and humanity.

Summer Kollie, Girard Academic Music Program --The Twinkle Star scholarship is presented each year to a deserving high school student who actively participates in a Red Cross Club and intends to further their education after high school. Summer Kollie, a Liberian native plans to further her education and return to developing countries to assist in the healthcare field.

About the American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania:

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 redcross.org and redcrossphilly.org and follow us on Twitter at @RedCross and @redcrossphilly.