Chapter to Honor Cisco with 2014 Humanitarian Partnership Award

SAN JOSE, CA (January 7, 2014) – The American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter will be honoring Cisco with the 2014 Humanitarian Partnership Award at the 2014 Red Cross Petals of Hope Gala, taking place on Saturday, March 8 at the Menlo Circus Club. Civic leaders, executives, corporate sponsors and the Silicon Valley’s leading philanthropists will gather for this exclusive event, presented by University of Phoenix, which will include an exquisite seated gourmet dinner, phenomenal silent and live auction items, a fund-a-need to support the lifesaving mission of the Red Cross in the community, and live music to dance the night away.

“Cisco is considered one of the “charter” companies that made Silicon Valley what it is today. Cisco has been a long standing and incredibly generous supporter of the Red Cross at the local and national level, with donations of in-kind equipment, local Board leadership, and significant disaster grants and matching employee donations,” said Chris Larkin, interim CEO, American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter. “Thanks to the generous support of Cisco, the American Red Cross is able to continue its mission of helping communities locally and nationally respond in time of disaster.”

Giving more than $18 million in donations to local, national, and international Red Cross programs for more than a decade, Cisco has empowered the Red Cross to help people during their greatest times of need. The company also opened employee donation programs during large-scale disasters and matched employee contributions through its workplace giving program. Additionally, Cisco encouraged its employees to volunteer or give blood for the Red Cross with the Cisco Foundation donating $10 for every hour volunteered. In total during FY13, Cisco, Cisco’s employees, and the Cisco Foundation donated $1,832,521 to support the Red Cross mission.

Cisco supports Santa Clara County individuals and families through the Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter. Because of generous corporate partners like Cisco, the Silicon Valley Chapter was able to provide swift and compassionate relief to more than 200 families affected by home fires and other emergencies in FY13. Chapter staff and volunteers also prepared more than 5,500 individuals for disasters and other emergencies, and trained 3,700 people to get a kit, make a plan and be informed through the Be Red Cross Ready program.

Tickets are $250. Tables are $2,500. The American Red Cross is seeking additional corporate sponsors for the event. Sponsorship opportunities include recognition for businesses and individuals in the community. All funds raised benefit the American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter to help those in need. For more information about the event and to purchase tickets or to sponsor a table, please visit

About the 2014 Red Cross Petals of Hope Gala

The American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter will host its annual 2014 Red Cross Petals of Hope Gala on Saturday, March 8, at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton. The special night, presented by University of Phoenix, will bring together members of the philanthropic community to benefit local disaster relief and readiness for Santa Clara County’s 2 million residents, in addition to raising awareness of the vital role the Red Cross plays within global communities. The Gala chair is Florence Buatois. Cisco will be honored with the American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter 2014 Humanitarian Partnership Award. Guests will be treated to a spectacular evening including a champagne reception, dancing to a live band, dinner, live and silent auctions, and an opportunity drawing to engage business leaders and major donors in the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross. Tickets may be purchased at

About American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter

The American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter is a non-profit, humanitarian organization that depends on the generous contributions of time and money from Santa Clara County residents and companies to provide services and programs that help our community prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. For more information on disaster preparedness, health and safety classes, volunteer opportunities, and financial contributions, visit our website at or call us at 1-877-727-6771. You may also find us on Facebook and Twitter.