- Posted April 23, 2012 by
Santa Monica, California
American Red Cross Honors Jamie Lee Curtis, Denis Leary & J.R Martinez
Curtis, a Red Cross Celebrity Cabinet member, received the coveted Crystal Cross Humanitarian Award from national Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern, who gave a moving and informative speech.
J.R. Martinez, actor and motivational speaker, was presented with the Spirit of Inspiration Award. Martinez, who won last season’s TV show “Dancing with the Stars,” survived burns over 40 percent of his body while serving in Iraq. There was not a dry eye in the house as guests watched the video reel of his journey. J.R attended with his 9 months stunning pregnant girlfriend Diane Gonzalez-Jones, (it's a girl!).
The versatile actress, best-selling children’s book author and humanitarian has been a long-time active Red Cross supporter. An advocate of personal disaster preparedness, she has served as a spokesperson for several national Red Cross preparedness public service campaigns. In addition, she has promoted the Red Cross during several recent international disasters, encouraging Americans to donate time, blood and money following the Haiti earthquake, as well as last year’s Japan earthquake and tsunami. She leads by example by doing all three.
Denis Leary, an actor-writer-director-comedian, best known for his starring role in the “Rescue Me” series (which he co-created), received the Spirit of Service Award and managed to have the audience in fits of laughter as he accepted his well earned award.
In addition, Dr. Timothy Miller, the leader of Operation Mend, was honored with the Spirit of Volunteerism Award.
Christine Devine, an Emmy winning news anchor for KTTV’s Fox 11 News, emceed the event, which included a gourmet dinner by celebrity chef Nick Stellino, Mr Stellino as always entertained the room and is a long standing supporter of the American Red Cross. Guest included loyal Red Cross supporter Josh Duhamel, whose Youth Run is an annual event with the organisation,Christine Moore (True Blood, HawthoRNe,) Brit heartthrob and LUCK star Tom Payne, Kendra Wilkinson, Kathy & Rick Hilton, Chad Rogers, Briget Marquardt, Susan Blakely, Christa B. Allen and the lovely Karina Smirnoff who was J.R.'s partner on Dancing With The Stars.
The event also included a VIP reception where Red Tie-tinis were drank (KROL vodka with Honest Ade Pomgranate, CEO Philip Krol attended the event) Red Cross favorite ONEHOPE wine (owners Jake Kloberdanz and Tom Leahy were in attendance) and smartwater. A casino provided pre dinner fun, live music, and silent and live auction items were a huge hit and fundraising vehicle. A six foot stunning sculpture by renown artist Cybele Rowe was certainly a room stopper. Loyal corporate sponsors including Electrolux, Southern Cal Edison, Wells fargo, Mattel, Grainger, Occidental Pretoleum Corp, WESSCO WME Entertainment and Sempra all supported the event which raised a staggering $500 thousand dollars!
Guests left clutching terrific gift bags containing a Nick Stellino cook book, Heirloom Coffee, who created their own Red Tie blend, Art of Shaving gift cards, The Honest Co beauty products, Vita Coco, Club Penguin toys, Sparitual nail polish, C& H sugar, and Davinci pasta.
What was most important is everyone left with a memory of a very special evening.
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