A colorful sea of people dressed in red will take over
the Fairmont Miramar Hotel next Saturday night for the 8th Annual American Red
Cross Red Tie Affair.
The theme of this year’s fundraiser is A Salute to the
Armed Forces, honoring service men and women from all branches of service.
The evening will also honor the cast and executive
producers of the CBS drama “NCIS.”
Julie Thomas, the new CEO of the Santa Monica Red Cross
chapter since November, has jumped in with both feet in regard to the event’s
She said she was excited for the fundraiser and the
armed forces themed night, which will be hosted by Fox 11 News anchor/reporter
“One of the things I did not realize until I came to
work here were all of the things that the Red Cross does for the armed forces,”
Thomas said. “Red Cross was actually founded on the battlefields during the
Civil War after Clara Barton saw how people who were wounded and how they were
being treated. She decided to try and do something about it. That’s really how
the organization got started.”
Thomas said the event would honor veterans on the red
“We’re going to have somewhere between 15 and 25
military people who are going to be there and walk the red carpet,” she said.
“We’re also going to do a little education at the event to let people know what
the Red Cross does.”
What exactly does the American Red Cross do?
Thomas said the organization provides compassionate care
for people affected by disasters in America, support for members of the
military and their families, blood collection, health and safety education and
training, and international relief and development.
She said funds from the event would be used for services
on local, national, and international levels.
“Since I’ve been with the Red Cross there have been two
apartment fires in Santa Monica where we’ve gone over and helped with getting
the people back to a place where they are safe,” she said. “If their apartment
building is not safe for them to go back in after a fire, like in one of the
cases, we put the people in a hotel for a while until they could find another
On a national level, she said the Santa Monica chapter
helped contribute to the efforts in disaster relief following Superstorm Sandy.
“We sent emergency vehicles as well as deploying
volunteers and staff to help,” she said. “Some of them went before the storm
hit so they were on the ground as soon as possible to help after the worst of
the storm had passed.”
At the Red Tie Affair, the Crystal Cross Award for
outstanding support of the American Red Cross will be presented to the cast and
executive producers of “NCIS.”
Thomas said “NCIS” did a wonderful job promoting the Red
Cross on its show. She said cast members also helped answer phones during a
telethon to raise funds after Superstorm Sandy.
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 Dr. Richard Corlin, of St.
John’s Health Center.
The Red Cross of Santa Monica selected Dr. Corlin
because of his dedication and community service to the Santa Monica and the
Westside community for more than 30 years. Dr. Corlin, and his partners-in-practice, have provided gastroenterology
services without charge to local patients on a regular basis since the 1980’s.
The Red Tie affair is the largest fundraising event of
the year for the American Red Cross in Santa Monica.
The evening’s festivities will include cocktails,
gourmet dining from celebrity chef Nick Stellino, silent and live auctions, and
Some of the auction items include a rare visit to the
set of “NCIS,” an autographed Maroon 5 guitar signed by Adam Levine and all
band members, a unique ride along with a Santa Monica Police Department
officer, a gourmet dinner for 10 at the Fairmont’s FIG Restaurant, and a Red
Cross designed surf board, among many other items.
Tickets are still available. For more information, call
310.394.3773 or visit www.redcross.org/ca/santa-monica.
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