Join us at the Albany Capital Center on March 31, 2023 for the 2023 Fire & Ice Gala and support the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross in your community.
Sleeves up. Heart open. All in.
The American Red Cross provides help and hope across the Capital Region 365 days a year. Whether responding to home fires, preparing for ice storms, supporting local veterans, or collecting lifesaving blood, the Red Cross is there when it's needed most.
This event promises a lively evening featuring dancing and live entertainment from Soul Session, gourmet cuisine and open bar by Mazzone Hospitality, a silent auction, an Ice Bar sponsored by Frank Adams Jewelers, and more!
Sponsorships and tickets are available for purchase below. Call 518-704-7983 or email Development.ENY@redcross.org for assistance or with questions.
A room block at a group rate is available at the Renaissance Albany Hotel for guests who would like to stay over night. Please use the link below to make your reservation by March 5, 2023:
Ellen Sax joined MVP Health Care in February 2014 as the Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and in 2016 was promoted to Vice President of Community Engagement.
In addition to developing and implementing MVP’s philanthropic focus, Ellen is responsible for expanding MVP's presence in the community through charitable giving, employee engagement and partnerships with nonprofit organizations and community groups throughout MVP Health Care’s footprint. Prior to joining MVP, Ellen was the Vice President for Community Relations at KeyBank.
Ellen holds an MPA from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and an MS in Rehabilitation Counseling from Syracuse University where she also received her undergraduate degree.
Ellen participates in a number of community endeavors including board chair of the B’nai B’rith Gideon Foundation, trustee for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Upstate Northeastern NY Chapter, co-chair of the Corporate Division for Ellis Medicine’s capital campaign, board member for the Albany Police & Fire Foundation and committee member for the CCFA Evening to Remember Gala. She also serves on the Board Emeriti of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region, Advisory Council for both Albany ProMusica and the Baby Institute and the Albany Symphony Orchestra’s Task Force on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Past service includes co-chair of the CFGCR Campaign for Impact, founding member and past-committee Chair for the Alliance for the Creative Economy (ACE), committee member for The College of St Rose Community of Excellence Luncheon and Ellis Medicine’s Women’s Night Out, Chair of the Community Foundation of the Greater Capital Region and member of the Chamber of Schenectady County.
Ellen has been recognized by the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation with the National Chairman’s Citation Award, Saratoga Chamber of Commerce with the inaugural Impact Sector Volunteer award, HATAS’s with the Champion of Compassion Award, Women’s Employment Resources Center (WERC) Peals of Wisdom, Arts Center of the Capital Region with the Creative Spirit Award, College of St Rose’s Community of Excellence, Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s Inspirational Leadership Award, Women Against MS with the Community Achievement Award, Center for Women in Government & Civil Society with the Women in Public Service award, The Stakeholders’ Community Mentor Award, and Trinity Alliance’s Community Champion Award.
DPS, MS, CHWC
Benita is a certified Health and Wellness Coach working with clients at Capital Cardiology Associates. Benita spent more than 40 years as a health reporter and news anchor at WNYT in Albany, NY. She covered issues such as wellness, treatment breakthroughs, aging, nutrition, and the latest health care trends. Benita's work has taken her around the world and across the USA. She's covered the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Katrina, the inauguration of President Obama and both Republican and National Conventions. Benita is a contributor to the weekly “Live Smart” page in the Times Union, the HMRRC Pacesetter and the new magazine 55+LIVING. Benita also created and co-hosts the podcast EVERYTHING THEATER. Benita earned her Masters and Doctorate in Bioethics at the Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical College. She earned her CHWC from the prestigious WELLCOACHES School of Coaching. She is a member of Actors Equity Association and performs regularly with the Singing Anchors. Benita has won numerous awards for her work including a NY EMMY, International Radio and Television Award, NYS Broadcasters Award and has been honored by numerous health organizations. She is on the board of trustees at Russell Sage College and the Alumni Board at SUNY Oswego. She continues to volunteer her time to help numerous, local not for profit organizations.
Humanitarian Spirit Award Recipient
The Humanitarian Spirit Award recognizes an individual, group, or organization that embodies the spirit of humanitarianism personified by our American Red Cross founder, Clara Barton, in her mission to put others before self.
To register, please enter the number of attendees in the box next to the Register field. Please also consider a donation to help us fulfill our mission. No act of generosity is too small to make a difference.
2023 Steering Committee
Steering Committee Co-Chairs
Kate Otis, Saratoga National Bank & Trust Company
Laura Petrovic, Renaissance Albany Hotel