Santa Monica Red Cross Rolls Out The Red Carpet At 8th Annual Red Tie Affair

Friday, 12 Apr 2013, 9:19:00 AM

Brenton Garen

Susan Blakely.
Photo by Brenton Garen
Susan Blakely.

The Santa Monica chapter of the American Red Cross

rolled out the red carpet Saturday evening at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel for

the 8th Annual American Red Cross Red Tie Affair.

The Red Cross shone the light on celebrity supporters of

the Red Cross, but there were men and women walking the red carpet who were

more important than the big names: service men and women from all branches of

the armed forces.

The theme for the evening was “A Salute to the Armed

Forces.”

As part of the celebrations, the Crystal Cross Award for

outstanding support of the American Red Cross was presented to the cast and

executive producers of “NCIS.”

The CBS production was selected for the job it does

promoting the Red Cross on its show.

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, was presented to Dr. Richard Corlin, of St. John’s

Health Center.

Dr. Corlin was selected for the award for 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 included cocktails, gourmet

dining from celebrity chef Nick Stellino, silent and live auctions, and special

entertainment.

Fox 11 News anchor/reporter Christine Devine hosted the

evening.

“We have a lot of troops coming home after the Iraq war

and Afghanistan,” Devine said. “I just completed three stories at Fox 11 about

our armed services. Being here in Los Angeles and tapping into our celebrities

who are willing to give back is really important.”

“NCIS” actors who attended the event included Brian

Dietzen, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette, and David McCallum.

Dietzen, who plays Jimmy Palmer in “NCIS” said: “We’ve

been kind of fortunate to be around to hang out and rub elbows with the real

heroes, the rescue workers, that we somewhat portray on our show.”

Weatherly, who plays Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo in

“NCIS” said: “Every year we have hundreds of people come through our set as

part of charity set visits. Tonight is a big event. But it’s just a piece of

the greater whole and certainly makes all of us feel better about how lucky we

are.”

Perrette, who plays Forensic Specialist Abby Sciuto in

“NCIS” said: “The only thing to me that is okay about being famous – because

I’m very uncomfortable with it – is that I have had a voice and a bigger light

to shine on causes that are important to me.”

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