On Wednesday, October 10, 2018, the American Red Cross in Greater New York will host its 2018 American Red Cross Gala: Heroes Among Us at the Ziegfeld Ballroom from 6:00 pm to 10:00pm.
Master of Ceremonies Mike Tirico, Host and Play-by Play Announcer, NBC Sports Group, will lead an inspiring evening that will feature a special music performance by Gavin DeGraw. Don Callahan and Elizabeth McCaul, American Red Cross Greater New York Board Members, and their spouses, Lisa Callahan and Frank Ingrassia, are co-hosts for the event.
Honorees for the evening include:
Macy’s Inc. Macy’s Inc. will receive the Corporate Leadership Award in recognition of its philanthropic and community work as well as their partnership with the Red Cross to support communities impacted by epic natural disasters. Accepting the award will be Dennis Witte, Macy’s Executive Vice President, Regional Director of Stores.
Hearst. Hearst will receive the Humanitarian Award for its commitment to humanitarian relief, demonstrated through media coverage and fundraising. Hearst recognizes that disasters of every scale take a terrible toll locally, and that recovery is a national, and often international, responsibility. Accepting the award will be Steven Swartz, President and CEO.
IBM. IBM will receive the Centennial Partnership Award, which recognizes companies who have shared a 100-year partnership with the American Red Cross. With its first recorded contribution to the Red Cross in 1918, IBM and Red Cross have grown together to be preeminent organizations dedicated to serving their communities.
Army Pfc. Emmanuel Mensah. The American Red Cross Local Hero Award, presented by Wells Fargo, will be awarded posthumously to Army Pfc. Emmanuel Mensah. In December 2017, Pfc. Mensah was visiting his family in the Bronx, NY, when a fire broke out. As the blaze raged out of control, Pfc. Mensah ran in and out of the apartment building to lead several neighbors to safety. Pfc. Mensah will be honored for his heroic actions and service.
In addition, the evening will take a moment to provide Special Recognition to American Red Cross supporters of the historic 2017 Hurricane Season.
“We are grateful for the support of the American public for our amazing Red Cross mission. Whether Americans give of their time or treasure, their commitment to helping one another should serve as an inspiration to us all. The heroes and partners we will celebrate during our gala embody the best of this spirit. We look forward to sharing their stories,” said Josh Lockwood, CEO of the American Red Cross Greater New York Region.
The American Red Cross depends on the generous support of the American public to fulfill its critical mission. Proceeds raised during the Gala will enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people affected by disasters like hurricanes and countless other crisis. Sponsors of the 2018 Heroes Among Us Gala include:
Presenting Sponsor: Macy’s inc.
Hero Sponsor: Wells Fargo
Cocktail Reception Sponsor: JPMorgan Chase & Co.
After Party Sponsor: Ogilvy
Inspiration Sponsor: IBM and Marsh & McLennan
Hope Sponsors: Barclays, BNY Mellon, Brown Brother Harriman, Citi, Deloitte, New York Cancer & Blood Specialists, Ominicom Media Group, OMD, Sony, Virtusa, Weil
Visionary Sponsors: AIG, Accenture, CasualHome, CBS Corporation, Gibson Dunn, Horizon Media, iHeart MEDIA, JLL, Oracle, TATA Consultancy Services.