Celebrate Red! Honors Exceptional Members of the Community

PRINCETON, NJ, March 13, 2014 – The American Red Cross will be holding its Celebrate Red! fundraising gala on the evening of Friday, March 21, 2014 at TPC Jasna Polana in Princeton, New Jersey. The event will celebrate March is Red Cross Month and toast the incredible impact three unique honorees have made in the community. Event guests will enjoy the setting of a historic estate, where wonderful cuisine, fabulous auction items, and live entertainment by The Franklin & Alison Orchestra will tempt the palate, dazzle the senses, and warm the soul.

“We are proud to highlight the significant contributions made by members of our community at Celebrate Red! this year,” said Mathieu Nelessen, regional CEO, American Red Cross North Jersey Region. “Our honorees have each made a remarkable impact on our ability to carry our mission forward here in Central New Jersey and beyond.”  

Honorees include the late Mrs. Dorothy (Butz) Noonan, recipient of The William W. Augustine Award; the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce, recipient of the Community Hero Award; and Church & Dwight Co. Inc., this year’s recipient of the Bob Clancy Culture of Caring Award. 

“It is with deep sadness that we mourn the loss of our friend, Josephine Dorothy ‘Butz’ Noonan, who passed away on February 19th,” said Nelessen. “Butz and her late husband, William J. ‘Bill’ Noonan, dedicated many years of extraordinary devotion and service to the Red Cross, including Bill’s leadership as Chairman of the Board during 2005-2006. Butz and Bill made it their mission to help others when life dealt a difficult hand. Simply, they were both committed to putting the needs of others first and they will be missed.”

The Red Cross will honor Church & Dwight Co. Inc., located in Ewing, New Jersey, as recipient of the 2014 Bob Clancy Culture of Caring Award. For nearly 20 years, Church & Dwight has supported the Red Cross with donations for disaster relief services, programs and events. As an annual donor, Church & Dwight’s contributions help fund the day-to-day service which enables the Red Cross to respond to an average of 70,000 disasters every year. 

“As Superstorm Sandy was making landfall here in New Jersey in October 2012, Church & Dwight  President & CEO James Craigie called me,” recalls Nelessen. “His immediate concern was to help members of our community in whatever way his company could. Through both emergent times of disaster and those less-critical days, Church & Dwight continues to support the Red Cross mission, exemplifying what a Culture of Caring should be,” said Nelessen.

The Culture of Caring Award is in memory of Red Cross 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 SilverLine by Andersen, The Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, Cheryl Mooney, Robert E. Humes, William Augustine, the Long family, Merrill Lynch, William J. Noonan, and William and Joan Schreyer.

“We are thrilled to honor the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce as Community Hero this year,” said Nelessen. “Just as they act as a champion for business in the Central New Jersey area, they are also a true champion for the development and resiliency of our community.” 

The Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce fosters a spirit of civic engagement that paves the way for significant community programming and partnerships to be realized. During the last fiscal year, Chamber members cumulatively donated more than $5.9 million to support Red Cross community programs, preparedness education and disaster relief efforts. Beyond financial contributions, members participate annually in every facet of the Red Cross mission including blood drives, health and safety courses, volunteering with community programs such as Home Delivered Meals and “Adopt-A-Unit” campaigns to support members of the Armed Forces.  

Proceeds from Celebrate Red! will benefit Red Cross programs and services including meals delivered to the homebound and elderly, emergency preparedness education, and disaster relief for families affected by local disasters such as home fires. During January and February alone, Disaster Services volunteers responded to 102 home fires affecting 248 families in the region, helping more than 744 people with emergency assistance for temporary lodging, food and clothing as needed. The cost in direct assistance during these two months alone was $151,000.   

Celebrate Red! is chaired by Christine Sellitti, member of the Board of Directors. Tickets, sponsorship and advertising opportunities to support the event are available and can be found online at 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 redcross.org.

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 3,000 volunteers who support the delivery of services in the community. Last year, the Red Cross North Jersey Region responded to 485 local home fires, helping 1,269 displaced families; collected more than 26,500 units of blood through blood drives and Red Cross Blood Donation Centers; provided 1,985 military family case services with emergency messages, helping families find assistance and/or get counseling and referrals; and trained 79,341 individuals with life-saving skills in preparedness, CPR, AED use, first aid and aquatics. Follow the North Jersey Region on Twitter @RedCrossNorthNJ.


Diane Concannon

American Red Cross - North Jersey Region

609-206-4043 (cell)