In what is clearly one of the most prominent social events of the season, The American Red Cross of Santa Monica held its annual, glittering Red Tie Affair on Saturday, April 9 at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel. The close to 500 elegantly attired guests, most of whom arrived sporting something red, included local community leaders Bobby Shriver and Bob Holbrook, as well as celebrities from the entertainment and sports worlds.
There was a large silent and live auction with prizes ranging from dinners with the entire Santa Monica Fire Department wine tastings, to Safari's in Africa and even an impromptu offer to use Kathryn Joostens' condo at Mammoth for a week. Bill Bauer, PR representige estimates that the event pulled in “well over $200,000, with money still to be counted.”
Among the “glitterati,” were Paris Hilton, who patiently posed for the camera, and Josh Duhamel’s wife, Stacy Ferguson, a.k.a. Fergie, singer/wrapper with the hip hop group, Black Eyed Peas. Also in attendance were Beverly White and astronaut Buzz Aldrin.
This year’s Crystal Cross Award went to Josh Duhamel for his humanitarian efforts in Haiti and most recently in Japan, and Betty White, for her tireless efforts on behalf of the animal kingdom.
Artesa Vineyards and Winery is a major sponsor of the Red Tie Affair gala and a proud supporter of the American Red Cross. Artesa Vineyards & Winery's sponsorship of the 2011 Red Tie Affair represents a step forward in the establishment of an increased philanthropic outlook for the company.
The Rick Crocker Spirit of Volunteerism Award, created in honor of Santa Monica Red Cross volunteer and Santa Monica police officer killed in Iraq while on active duty as a United States Marine Corp Reservist, went to a dedicated team of doctors from St. John’s Health Center for their relief efforts in Haiti following that devastating earthquake.
With KTTV Fox 11 News anchor Christine Devine once again serving as master of ceremonies and a gourmet four-course meal prepared under the supervision of celebrity chef Nick Stellino, even in these financially challenging times, the generous outpouring by our community bore witness to the depth of the human spirit in supporting the American Red Cross who are one of the first on the scene to help in time of need.
This information came from Clara Juhn, the model wearing the Sasuko Natori uniform:
The white Red Cross outfit belonged to Sasuko Natori. She and her family were forced into a Japanese-American internment camp in California during World War II. Although completely discriminated against, the Japanese-American males in the camp had the option to join the army and fight in the war. Many men did. The women in the camps had the option to join The American Red Cross. Many women joined in hopes that their services could not only show their loyalty to the country but also help end the war faster. They wanted to see their loved ones come back home and an end to the war could mean their freedom from "internment". Volunteers of the Red Cross had many duties. The white outfit I wore was indicative of volunteers in the hospitals. Women entertained the wounded, reading letters from family members if the soldiers were blinded. They would write letters, if the soldiers lost their arms. They were there to bring a little normalcy back into the lives of the soldiers who had experienced tragedy.
The volunteer experience was such a trip. Being in the room while all the ladies got ready in their uniforms gave me goose bumps!!!