The American Red Cross Santa Monica chapter raised approximately $500,000, including in-kind donations at its annual “Red Tie Affair” gala April 21.
More than 450 guests attended the star-studded event at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel. Funds raised at the Red Tie Affair will go towards Red Cross disaster preparedness efforts.
American Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern presented actress Jamie Lee Curtis with the American Red Cross Crystal Cross Humanitarian Award, and also awarded the Red Cross Spirit of Inspiration Award to Iraq War veteran and actor J.R. Martinez.
Santa Monica Fire Department Chief Scott Ferguson presented the American Red Cross Spirit of Service Award to actor and comic Denis Leary for his humanitarian and charity work with firefighting organizations. Santa Monica Red Cross board chair Dr. Robert Amonic bestowed the Rick Crocker Spirit of Volunteerism Award on Dr. Timothy Miller, chief of plastic surgery for Operation Mend at Ronald Reagan/UCLA Medical Center.
KTTV Fox 11 News anchor Christine Devine was the event’s mistress of ceremonies for the fifth year in a row.