FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (October 2, 2019) – On Thursday, Sept. 26, the American Red Cross Broward County Chapter hosted its annual Dine & Dock Celebrity/CEO Experience Auction and 2019 Humanitarian Awards at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
The Broward County Chapter hosts this single largest fundraising event to support local disaster response and relief efforts within the community.
During the evening’s program, Cindy Imperato, the chapter’s Board Chair and the Event Chair, and Alex Bader, immediate past event chair, presented the 2019 Humanitarian Awards. This year’s Honorees were Monica Maroone, local philanthropist; Lt. Derek Wallin, Commanding Officer at the Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale; and Jason Halpern and Luke Rothstein, juniors at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The two teenagers raised over $23,000 to fund Stop the Bleed kits in every classroom at their school. In addition, they founded the club “M·S·D mind·strength·determination to Stop the Bleed” with a mission to empower, educate and equip students with lifesaving Stop the Bleed skills.
All honorees embody the spirit of the Red Cross through their contributions to the welfare and quality of life of South Florida residents.
The highlight of the evening was the live auction where guests bid on experiences like a private dinner with Chef Marco at Café Vico, an outdoor adventure at Green Glades West Ranch with Alligator Ron Bergeron or dinner with Captain Lee from Bravo TV’s “Below Deck” series, among others.
“Without the generosity of our event committee, corporate sponsors and Board of Directors, this event would not be possible,” said Paula Prendergast, executive director for the Broward Chapter. “We are grateful for the amazing support from the community and successful outcome at this year’s event.”
During emergencies, the Red Cross provides shelter, food and comfort to assist families and entire communities in their time of need. All proceeds raised at this year’s Dine & Dock will support the Red Cross in providing relief and comfort to the Broward County community.
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/southflorida or visit us on Facebook or Twitter at @SFLRedCross.