Massachusetts Bay Chapter Contact: Amelia Aubourg, American Red Cross 139 Main Street 617-274-5231, email@example.com Cambridge, MA 02142 www.bostonredcross.org Chris Korab, Colette Phillips Communications 617-357-5777｜x202, firstname.lastname@example.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE RED CROSS HONORS STATE STREET CEO AND BOSTON WOMEN BUILD IN THE BAYOU ON MAY 7 Massachusetts Chapter to present awards for contributions for those in need CAMBRIDGE, MA – (April 15, 2008) -- The American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay will hold its Annual Clara Barton Humanitarian Awards Dinner on Wednesday, May 7, 2008 at the Westin Copley Place Hotel in Boston at 6:00 pm. Deborah C. Jackson, Chief Executive Officer of the Massachusetts Bay chapter will join mistress of ceremonies Liz Walker of CBS4 in honoring individuals and corporations who represent the true spirit of community collaboration with “Angel Among Us” awards. This annual event raises support and awareness for the programs and services of the American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay. This year the Red Cross is honoring Ronald E. Logue, Chairman and CEO, State Street Corporation for his outstanding support for community causes throughout Eastern Massachusetts and around the world. Also being recognized is Boston Women Build in the Bayou, a group of 36 women who built “The Boston House”, one of several new homes that were being constructed for musicians and other families displaced by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. This coalition was co-chaired by Massachusetts First Lady Diane Patrick, Boston First Lady Angela Menino, Carol Fulp, Vice President, Community Relations, John Hancock Financial Services, and Ann Marie Wilkins, Wilkins Artistic Management Company. “The Clara Barton Humanitarian Award honors people and efforts that exemplify the true spirit of community, compassion, and humanitarian ideals,” said Deborah C. Jackson, Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay. “We proudly honor these exceptional humanitarians for their leadership in serving the needs of others and whose work embodies the mission and commitment of the Red Cross.” The Red Cross is pleased to announce that James R. Boyle, President, John Hancock Insurance Group; Nancy L. Leaming, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay; and Michael Olivieri, Publisher of Boston Business Journal, are this year’s event co-chairs. (more) Page 2 of 3, RED CROSS HONORS HUMANITARIANS AT DINNER ON MAY 7 Sponsorships are available and tickets are $300.00 per person. For information, call 617-274- 5238 or visit www.bostonredcross.org. About the Awardees: Ronald E. Logue Ronald (Ron) E. Logue, Chairman and CEO of State Street Corporation, is both a business and community leader, championing the cause of corporate philanthropy on a global scale. Through the State Street Foundation, State Street’s philanthropic arm, in 2007 the company invested $15.7 million into communities around the world to address such issues as poverty, literacy, hunger and employability. Locally, Mr. Logue serves on various nonprofit boards and is an advocate for affordable housing and the arts. He also volunteers for hands-on community service and participated in Boston Partners in Education’s “The Big Cheese Reads” initiative in Boston Public Schools last spring. Mr. Logue serves as a role model for corporate and civic engagement within the international business community. Boston Women Build In the Bayou After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, musicians Harry Connick Jr. and Branford Marsalis, both New Orleans natives, conceived the idea of building a community for displaced musicians. The centerpiece of the neighborhood in the Upper 9th Ward will be the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music, a venue for music performance and education. Since the spring of last year, volunteers from New Orleans and across the country have come to build 75 Habitat for Humanity cottages on the 8-acre site. In May, 2007, a group of 36 women, ranging in age from 16 to 70, traded in their briefcases and schoolbooks for hammers and saws to head to New Orleans to help build “The Boston House,” one of several new homes that were being constructed for musicians and other families displaced by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Co-chaired by Diane Patrick, Angela Menino, Carol Fulp, and Ann Marie Wilkins, the women contributed hundreds of hours over the course of several days to the then newly-conceived “Musician’s Village,” an eight-acre parcel of land sited in New Orleans’s Upper Ninth Ward. Boston Women Build in the Bayou included: Candy B. Altman Zamawa Arenas Carole Brennan Julie Burns Azia Carle Elizabeth Cook Cheryl M. Cronin Margaret Drain Aisha Francis Erica Freeman Donna Latson Gittens Kalya Hamlett Merita Hopkins (more) Page 3 of 3, RED CROSS HONORS HUMANITARIANS AT DINNER ON MAY 7 Deborah C. Jackson Mary J. Kakas Mimi La Camera Vivien Li Ursula Liff Melissa McDonnell Mary Jo Meisner Lily Mendez-Morgan Corianne Mills Karen Morton Hayden Quitiquit Charlotte Golar Richie Susan Schechter Sandra Sedacca Dorothy Terrell Jena Wiley Triggs Meg Vaillancourt Karen Holmes Ward Alicia Williams About the American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay Headquartered in Cambridge, ARCMB has facilities located in Brockton, Fall River, New Bedford, Peabody, Quincy, and Waltham that serve as local sites for community programs, volunteer recruitment, and disaster preparedness and response. ARCMB is also the Regional Chapter for Eastern Massachusetts with responsibility for oversight of three additional chapters serving Cape Cod and the Islands, Northeast Massachusetts, and the Merrimack Valley. In its capacity as the Regional Chapter for Eastern Massachusetts, ARCMB oversees services to 190 cities and towns with a population of over 4.4 million people.
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