Thursday, September 29, 2016

Tina Charles, Vanguard Award



On October 5, 2016, civic leaders and philanthropists will gather at the American Museum of Natural History as the American Red Cross in Greater New York hosts its annual Heroes Among Us Gala to recognize the heroic efforts and humanitarian contributions of people and institutions who embody the spirit and mission of the Red Cross.

NY Liberty player, Olympic gold medalist and founder of Hopey’s Heart Foundation Tina Charles will receive the Vanguard Award. The Vanguard Award recognizes individuals who are making an impact in the community by spreading ideas and new developments. Tina Charles is committed to advancing sports safety and raising awareness of sudden cardiac arrest by providing free Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) and CPR Certification to all non-profit organizations and institutions through Hopey's Heart Foundation. An award-winning athlete with the WNBA New York Liberty, Tina founded the Hopey’s Heart Foundation in memory of her late aunt, Maureen “Hopey” Vaz, who died of multiple organ failure in 2013. Through fundraising events, campaigns and Tina’s personal donation of half her WNBA salary the past two seasons and her entire salary this year, Hopey’s Heart Foundation has successfully placed over 200 AED’s worldwide.

In her words: "I think when you try to reach a goal, there’s no other feeling than the person you become along the way…It’s not about the duration of your life but the donation of it…Thank you American Red Cross for naming me for the Vanguard Award…I’m happy that I was able to receive this award on behalf of Hopey’s Heart Foundation and all the work we’ve been able to do to continue to keep communities heart safe." Tina Charles, Queens, N.Y.

Click here to read more about our Heroes Among Us Gala.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

FDNY EMS Lieutenant Craig Roeder, Local Hero Award



On October 5, 2016, civic leaders and philanthropists will gather at the American Museum of Natural History as the American Red Cross in Greater New York hosts its annual Heroes Among Us Gala to recognize the heroic efforts and humanitarian contributions of people and institutions who embody the spirit and mission of the Red Cross.

FDNY EMS Lieutenant Craig Roeder will receive the Local Hero Award. Trained as an Emergency Medical Services paramedic, in his ten years of service to the New York City Fire Department (FDNY), Craig had never been in a burning structure. But that did not stop him from responding to a fire he spotted in Queens and rushing into a burning two-story home to save a woman and child. After rescuing them, he entered the home again to search for additional residents upstairs and was able to find and save a dog.

In his own words: “To me a hero is someone who provides a selfless act for another without any thought how it’s going to impact their own life…The biggest thought I had going into that fire building was that I did not leave anyone behind… All in all, it’s just another day at work. I work with some amazing people, and they would all do the exact same thing I would. It’s definitely humbling to be recognized by the Red Cross, which is an organization that day in and day out, provides heroic things to people who are desperately in need. So to have them honor me is definitely a proud moment in my life.” Lt. Craig Roeder, Rosedale, N.Y.

Click here to read more about our Heroes Among Us Gala.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

In Case You Missed It - Sep 26

Over the last 7 days, the Greater New York Red Cross provided emergency assistance to 54 adults and 18 children following 32 local disasters. Here are some highlights from last week and a preview of upcoming activities.


Last Week in Review
Upcoming Events and Opportunities
  • Sep 27, 29 and 30: Red Cross blood drive: 2 to 7pm: 520 West 49th Street, Manhattan. Schedule an appointment to donate today.

Monday, September 19, 2016

In Case You Missed It - Sep 19

Red Crossers at the scene of bomb explosion in Chelsea providing support to first responders and local residents.
Over the last 7 days, the Greater New York Red Cross provided emergency assistance to 60 adults and 14 children following 32 local disasters. Here are some highlights from last week and a preview of upcoming activities (see below).

Last Week in Review
Upcoming Events and Opportunities
  • Sep 19, 21, 27: Red Cross blood drive: 2 to 7pm: 520 West 49th Street, Manhattan. Schedule an appointment to donate today.
  • Sep 22: Seats are filled for “Born on the Battlefield” and registration is closed. This class is an introduction to the Geneva Conventions and how the International Committee of the Red Cross has historically played a role in war zones. 
  • Sep 24: #GetAlarmedNYC is coming to East Village. Volunteer to help out, or sign up to get a free smoke alarm installed in your home.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

2016 American Red Cross Gala to Celebrate Extraordinary Acts of Compassion and Courage


On Wednesday, October 5, 2016, American Red Cross in Greater New York will host its 2016 American Red Cross Gala: Heroes Among Us at the American Museum of Natural History.

Each fall, the gala honors men and women who have saved lives and inspire us all—they truly embody the spirit and mission of the Red Cross through their selfless actions and compassion. These heroes, along with civic leaders and philanthropists who make our mission possible, come together in New York City for a compelling cause.

We are proud to announce our honorees, who you will soon meet via subsequent stories and videos:

This year’s Corporate Leadership Award recipient is JPMorgan Chase & Co. who will be recognized for its longstanding support of the Red Cross mission.

We will honor Tribeca Film Festival founders, Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro, and Craig Hatkoff, with the Humanitarian Award for their efforts to revitalize Lower Manhattan following the 9/11 tragedy.

We will present the Vanguard Award to Tina Charles, founder of Hopey’s Heart Foundation and WNBA New York Liberty player who is committed to advancing sports safety and raising awareness of sudden cardiac arrest by providing free Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) and CPR training to schools and community centers.

We will also honor Local Hero Lt. Craig Roeder, a trained New York City Fire Department (FDNY) Emergency Medical Services paramedic who had never been in a burning structure, but that did not stop him from responding to a fire he spotted in Queens and rushing into a burning two-story home to save a woman and child.

And we will recognize National Heroes, Neema Bahrami, Brian Reagan, and Neal Whittleton, three Pulse Nightclub employees who demonstrated extraordinary courage and selflessness in the middle of the unimaginable fear and chaos.

Join us as we celebrate our mission and honor these outstanding honorees! For more information about the gala, please visit www.redcross.org and follow along on social media (Twitter and Facebook) with #RedCrossGala

Monday, September 12, 2016

In Case You Missed It - Sep 12

Red Cross Volunteers supporting FDNY 9/11 Memorial Service.
Over the last 7 days, the Greater New York Red Cross provided emergency assistance to 72 adults and 17 children following 34 local disasters. Here are some highlights from last week and a preview of upcoming activities (see below).

Last Week in Review

Upcoming Events and Opportunities
  • Sep 12, 15, 17, 19: Red Cross blood drive: 2 to 7pm: 520 West 49th Street, Manhattan. Schedule an appointment to donate today.
  • Sep 17: Please note the Radiation Situation: A Red Cross Simulation exercise has been postponed. Stay tuned for more information on a later edition of ICYMI. 
  • Sep 22: Seats are filled for “Born on the Battlefield” and registration is closed. This class is an introduction to the Geneva Conventions and how the International Committee of the Red Cross has historically played a role in war zones.
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