This event has been postponed.
In light of the state of emergency declaration by the World Health Organization, guidance by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local public health departments, the American Red Cross has decided, out of an abundance of caution, to cancel our 2020 Farm to Table Dinner due to growing concerns of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
We hope we can continue with this inspiring event at a later date. We will update this Farm to Table webpage and send out an email notification when the new date has been determined. We are grateful to our partners, donors and sponsors who committed to supporting this event. Due to the cancellation, a refund can be requested by June 1, 2020, or you can choose to have your donation continue to support the mission of Red Cross, which would be fully tax-deductible.
As part of our event, our 2020 Blood Services Ambassador and Hero, Watsonville Fire Department Captain Danny Lucas reminds us through his miraculous story of his near-fatal hunting accident of how we can play a big role in supporting our community by continuing to donate blood in times of crisis. Through March 19, more than 5,000 Red Cross blood drives have been canceled across the country due to coronavirus concerns, resulting in some 170,000 fewer blood donations. This blood shortage could impact patients who need surgery, patients suffering from cancer, or victims of car accidents and other emergencies like Danny.
Blood collection is an essential function, as outlined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). One of the most important things we can do to ensure we don’t have another health care crisis on top of the coronavirus is to give blood. Like a hospital, grocery store, or pharmacy, a blood drive is vital to ensuring the health of the community, and the Red Cross will continue to hold blood drives during this challenging time to ensure patient survival. We can ensure you that these are controlled events with trained staff and appropriate safety measures to protect donors and recipients. If you are healthy and feeling well, please make an appointment to donate as soon as possible by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
As we watch the unfolding of the effects of coronavirus around the world, we offer our condolences to its many victims and our gratitude to the thousands of health care workers fighting its spread.
We apologize for the inconvenience and greatly appreciate your patience, understanding and flexibility. Thank you for supporting the Red Cross mission and we look forward to celebrating with you soon.