The 2012 New York Red Cross Ball
By Bill Gray
Each year, the American Red Cross in Greater New York hosts the New York Red Cross Ball to honor businesses and individuals for their humanitarian efforts. In 2012, approximately 500 New York philanthropists, corporate leaders, celebrities, local officials, and other Red Cross supporters attended the event. The International Leadership and the Humanitarian awards were given to Simon Ruddick and Ann F. Kaplan, respectively. In part for its ongoing partnership with the Ready When The Time Comes program, JetBlue was bestowed with the Corporate Leadership Award.
Over the years, the New York Red Cross Ball has earned a reputation for providing great entertainment. The 2012 ball, which was held at Manhattan’s Plaza Hotel, featured multiple numbers performed by Dancing with the Stars personalities Kym Johnson and Tristan MacManus.
About the Author: A former member of the Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide board, Bill Gray attends the Red Cross New York Ball whenever possible. He was the 2008 recipient of the American Red Cross in Greater New York’s Humanitarian Award.