By: Lidia Evita, Staff Writer for World Liberty TV
Wednesday, October 11, 2017, the American Red Cross in Greater New York hosted its 2017 American Red Cross Gala: Heroes Among Us at the American Museum of Natural History.
Wells Fargo will received the Corporate Leadership Award for their long-standing commitment to the Red Cross through financial donations and volunteering. Ronald S. Lauder and Family and Leonard A. Lauder and Family will receive the American Red Cross Humanitarian Award for their on-going commitment to humanitarian relief and support of the most recent Red Cross Hurricane recovery efforts.
The American Red Cross National Hero Award was presented to Dr. Annie Sparrow, Critical Care Pediatrician and Public Health Expert; Dr. Zaher Sahloul, Critical Care Physician and Founder of the American Relief Coalition for Syria; and Dr. Mohamad Bader Eddin Aljarah, Director of Health for the Syrian Arab Red Crescent. The three doctors were recognized for their courage and commitment to providing medical relief and alleviating human suffering in war-torn regions.
The American Red Cross Local Hero Award was presented to Staten Island resident, Delroy Lewis for saving the lives of two young children and their neighbors by pulling them out of a burning building.
In addition, the evening took a moment to honor the more than 200 Red Cross volunteers and staff members from the Greater New York Region who put their lives on hold to support the response to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.
“We are in awe of all of our heroes. Their determination to bring hope and healing to desperate situations sends a powerful message to us all to give back,” said Josh Lockwood, CEO of the American Red Cross Greater New York Region. “In turbulent times, it is these people who lift us up and celebrate the power of the individual to make a difference.”
Proceeds raised during the Gala will enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people affected by disasters like hurricanes and countless other crisis.
The American Red Cross exists to provide compassionate care to those in need. The network of generous donors, volunteers and employees share a mission of preventing and relieving suffering, here at home and around the world.
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