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Red Cross Hosting 8th Annual Red Tie Affair in Santa Monica

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By Daniel Larios
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April 7, 2014 -- The pilot who safely landed the US Airways jet on New York City's Hudson River and the coaches and producers of the Emmy Award-winning show “The Voice” will be honored for their support of the American Red Cross during the relief organization's 8th Annual Red Tie Affair in Santa Monica next month.

The star-studded event at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel on May 3, at which everyone invited is asked to wear Red Cross red to demonstrate their support for the organization, will be hosted by Fox 11 News anchor/reporter Christine Devine. Festivities will begin with red carpet arrivals at 5 p.m.

“Local military, government, corporate and community leaders will join together for an inspirational evening that supports the programs of the American Red Cross,” said, Dienna D'Olimpio, the event’s spokesperson.  “Funds raised at the event allows the American Red Cross to fulfill its mission – to alleviate human suffering throughout the world, the nation and right here at home in the Greater Los Angeles area.”

The cast and executive producers of “The Voice” will be honored with the “Crystal Cross Humanitarian Award.”  The popular singing competition, which is broadcast on NBC, is hosted by PrepareSantaMonica honorary chair Carson Daly, who is also a producer on the show.  Past honorees include actress Betty White, actress Jamie Lee Curtis and the cast and crew of the hit CBS TV show NCIS.

CBS News analyst Captain Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger, best known for his heroic landing of the US Airways jet, will be presented with the “Spirit of the Red Cross Award.”  The award is presented each year to the individual or individuals who best exemplify the values of a humanitarian, according to the organization's web site. 

Past winners include actor Josh Duhamel, comedian Dennis Leary and the cast and crew of the hit Fox show, “House M.D.” 

“The Red Tie Affair is one of the premier events of the season,” said D'Olimpio. “The event annually honors the humanitarian spirit of extraordinary individuals and has a long tradition of honoring highly acclaimed television shows which provided outstanding support of the American Red Cross.”

The Rick Crocker Spirit of Volunteerism Award, which is named for the Santa Monica police officer, Red Cross volunteer and Iraqi war veteran who died in 2005, will be presented to the UCLA People Animal Connection, a therapy dog program.

Past recipients include Santa Monica Police Department Detective Don Doss, Dr. Timothy Miller and Dr. Richard Corlin.

The event will also include both a silent and a live auction with “deals on exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime items,” according to officials.  Items up for bid include vacations, artwork and rare sports memorabilia.

The Red Tie affair is the largest fundraising event of the year for the American Red Cross in Santa Monica.  Funds raised are transformed into services delivered every day to the community.

The evening’s festivities will include cocktails and gourmet dining from celebrity chef Nick Stellino.

“This exclusive, fun event raises funds for the American Red Cross to ensure we have the financial resources to continue and to improve services provided by the American Red Cross,” said Terri Corigliano,” Chief Communications Officer for the Red Cross. 

“Our ability to provide services to those in need is directly dependent on community financial support,” Corigliano said.

Individual tickets are $500 and can be purchased online at

The American Red Cross of Santa Monica is a publicly supported, 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that provides health and safety education, youth services, blood services, CPR and first aid training, disaster awareness and disaster relief efforts, according to the organization’s website.

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