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A leader in ‘a beautiful circle of caring’

By Marcia Antipa

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This is the story of Lillian Phan, a bright and accomplished young woman, who also happens to be a stellar volunteer with the American Red Cross. Like so many American stories, Lillian’s begins with immigration, determination, and hard work.

Lillian’s parents immigrated from Vietnam, sponsored by a Christian organization that gave them a head start with food and shelter. Eventually, the Phans moved to Santa Clara County. Both had to overcome the language barrier and reinvent themselves.

“My Dad gave up architecture and became a nuclear engineer. My mom gave up her law degree.”

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Celebration to commemoration: Red Cross thanks 2020 Gala supporters

Due to the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19, we made the difficult decision to cancel our annual American Red Cross San Francisco Gala event this year to protect the members of our community and guests. Under usual circumstances, the Gala is a moment when we honor both an outstanding corporation and a dedicated individual who have furthered the Red Cross mission in the Bay Area. Our 2020 Red Cross Philanthropic Company of the Year, The Clorox Company, and 2020 Red Cross Humanitarian of the Year, Chief Eric Reinbold of the Paradise Police Department, will be honored at our 2021 event. But we want to take a moment to recognize them now. Read more

Our Farm to Table Dinner, cancelled because of the pandemic, would have taken place this Sunday

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We’re still very grateful for our partners, sponsors, and other supporters who make this dinner possible — and look forward to next year’s event

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Danny Lucas, a longtime captain with the Watsonville Fire Department, was to be honored at this Sunday’s Farm to Table Dinner.

The Farm to Table Dinner is a spectacular event, hosted annually by our American Red Cross chapter here in the Central Coast. Held in a beautiful outdoor setting, this family-style dinner is prepared by some of Northern California’s most preeminent chefs. This signature event provides guests with a special opportunity to celebrate our organization’s local impact and raise critical dollars for those programs, all while enjoying some of the finest offerings from local farms and wineries.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many weeks ago we made the decision to cancel our 6th annual dinner. It was to have occurred this Sunday, June 7, at the stunning Carmel Valley Ranch. Proceeds from the event this year were to have supported the lifesaving work we do in Blood Services.

As part of our event, the American Red Cross had selected longtime Watsonville Fire Department Captain Danny Lucas as the dinner’s special honoree. Danny, whose miraculous recovery following a near-fatal hunting accident last fall was made possible in part by the 24 units of blood he received during his lengthy hospitalization, returned home determined to help our chapter call attention to the constant need for blood donations. To read more about Danny’s story, please view this blog post. And, as this second post make clear, we owe Danny a big Thank You for his efforts.

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Clockwise from upper left: Chef Tim Wood of Carmel Valley Ranch, Chef Tony Baker of Montrio Bistro, Chef Fabrice Roux of ROUX and Chophouse, Farm to Table Event Chair Jennifer Roux, Chef Justin Robarge of Montrio Bistro, and Chef Tanya Matta of Carmel Valley Ranch.

Even though we were unable to hold this year’s dinner, I can’t help but publicly thank some of the people who had already done so much in an effort to make this year’s event successful. Thank you to Chef Tim Wood and Chef Tanya Matta of Carmel Valley Ranch, Chef Fabrice Roux of ROUX and Chophouse, and Chef Tony Baker and Chef Justin Robarge of Montrio Bistro for their generous donation of time and talents.

Our Farm to Table Dinner is also supported each year by a dedicated group of committee members, including our Farm to Table Committee Chair, Jennifer Roux, and committee members Anita Clerisse, Bill Cox, Brent Sepulvado, Joan Harlem, Dane Lobb, Lori Mazza, Tim Nylen, and Rayvon Williams. We also want to give special thanks to our sponsors for this year’s dinner (see below).

While this year’s Farm to Table Dinner had to be cancelled because of COVID-19, we have continued to support our communities during this pandemic. To learn more about that work, please click here.

In the meantime, please know that we are hopeful that we will be able to host our amazing dinner again next year. We will keep our community updated as soon as we have a better sense of what it will take to move forward.

Thanks again to all whose support makes it possible for our chapter, region, and the entire American Red Cross family to help so many!

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  • Michele Averill is the CEO for the American Red Cross of the Central Coast.
  • For more information about the Farm to Table Dinner, please email our Regional Special Events Manager, Pooja Klebig.

Thank you to our 2020 Sponsors and Supporters!

Presenting Sponsor
third-millennium

Gold Sponsors

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Silver Sponsor

chomp

Bronze Sponsors

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granite

nsi

mahoney

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In-Kind Supporters:

Alaska Airlines
Albert & Virginia Becker
Beam Suntory
Bernardus Vineyards & Winery
Blake McCall
Bonterra Organic Vineyards
Bricoleur Vineyards
Driscoll’s
Eric Carmichael
Fetzer Vineyards
Fire on Wheels
Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles
Harris Ranch
Elizabeth Portraiture
KB Farms
Laurel Glen Vineyard
Luli Wines
Mark Butler
Michael and Janis Klebig
One Hope Winery
Opus One
Pisoni Vineyards
Pebble Beach Community Foundation
Ridge Vineyards
San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco Giants
Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association

 

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A surprise phone call: one woman’s American Red Cross story

By Marcia Antipa

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Abby and son, Carl, in 1967.
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In October of 1966, Abby Chapman and Carl Borders had been married just a year and a half, when Carl shipped off to Vietnam. Abby had just learned that she was pregnant with their first child. The war and the pregnancy would bring the American Red Cross into her life for the first time.

As a recent medical school graduate, Carl was in high demand in wartime. He was assigned to a new Army MUST field hospital in Tay Ninh. MUST stands for Medical Unit, Self-contained, Transportable.

“I felt as though he was fairly safe there, and he wasn’t. Mortars were attacking his company and the hospital. It was very disheartening for me to think this was where he was going.”

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Paying it forward

arc 420x279On January 24, 2018, Alan Freberg and Laura Bellizzi were running errands only to return to their apartment and find that their home of twenty-five years had burned down. “There were ten fire engines…there had been an electrical surge,” remembers Laura.

Laura and Alan had no prior experience with the American Red Cross. “The Red Cross was there immediately,” explains Laura. “They gave us blankets and kept offering us food…It was kind of drizzling out, and I was shaking. I finally told them I don’t need another blanket, I’m not cold. I’m shaking because my house just burned down,” Laura recalls. Read more

A Legacy of Compassion

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The logo for Magen David Odom, Israel’s delegate of the International Red Cross.

Yesterday, January 27, 2020, marked the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Both Helen and Sam Tramiel (Trzmiel) survived the camp and transferred to displaced person camps in Germany. Before they met, Helen and Sam both received aid from the International Red Cross, and then together – after the war – they received Red Cross assistance again in the United States.

Jack died in 2012, and Helen followed in May 2019, but not before they left $500,000 to the Red Cross in their wills.

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