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Red Cross to Honor Exceptional Community Members at Celebrate Red! Gala in West Orange


WEST ORANGE, NJ – The American Red Cross will recognize the impact five honorees have in the community at its Celebrate Red! fundraising gala on May 12 at Mayfair Farms.

“Each of our honorees has made an incredible impact on the community and has graciously helped carry forward the Red Cross mission in New Jersey,” said David Lewis, interim regional CEO, American Red Cross New Jersey Region. “We are proud to honor their remarkable service.”

Honorees include Summit-based Celgene, Vas Nair of Jersey City, Jeanne Falco of Glen Ridge, Whippany-based Suburban Propane, and the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters.

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Celgene, recipient of the William W. Augustine Award, is a long-time partner of the Red Cross, joining together for programs that contribute to the well-being of New Jersey communities. From disaster relief to health and safety education, Celgene has supported the Red Cross, whose mission parallels its own – to improve people’s lives. Their support has helped provide emergency assistance to families devastated by home fires, emergency communications to members of the Armed Forces, free smoke alarm installations to those in need and more.

Vas Nair, recipient of the Quinn Award, joined the American Red Cross New Jersey Crossroads Board of Directors in 2008 and brought with her a strong desire to foster the growth of one of the organization’s key resources – its people. As chair of the Human Resources Committee, Nair has used her expertise to provide teamwork, interpersonal communications and leadership development opportunities to support the professional development and personal growth of Red Cross volunteers and staff to help them better serve their community and fulfill the Red Cross mission. 

Jeanne Falco, recipient of the Lifetime Service Award, has been a dedicated Red Cross volunteer for more than two decades. As a member of the Red Cross board of directors, Jeanne exercised her professional expertise to help the work of the Red Cross in northern New Jersey. Jeanne is passionate about Service to the Armed Forces and has become a key leader with the Northern New Jersey Board of Directors annual Adopt-A-Unit campaign, collecting and packing items for comforts of home packages to be shipped to members of the U.S. Armed Forces serving overseas.

Suburban Propane, recipient of the Bob Clancy Culture of Caring Award for Excellence in Red Cross Biomedical Services, has partnered with the Red Cross to raise awareness of the critical need for blood. They work tirelessly to increase blood and platelet donations during some of the most difficult times of the year. Last year, as part of their first summer-long campaign with the Red Cross, Suburban Propane supported a nationwide public service advertising campaign and employees volunteered nearly 850 hours to the Red Cross, with many donating blood at Suburban Propane-supported blood drives across the country.

The Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters’, recipient of the Bob Clancy Culture of Caring Award for Excellence in Red Cross Disaster Services, are avid supporters of the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign. Under the leadership of fellow council representative and Red Cross of Northern New Jersey Board Member Alex Lopez, more than 50 carpenters have joined the campaign and generously donated their time, tools and expertise to install free smoke alarms in homes that needed them. Thanks to their efforts, Paterson families in need have received free working smoke alarms to help keep them safe in the event of a home fire.

Proceeds from Celebrate Red! will benefit Red Cross programs and services, including disaster relief for families affected by local disasters such as home fires. Last year, the American Red Cross New Jersey Region responded to 889 local disasters, mostly home fires, to provide comfort and emergency assistance for temporary lodging, food and clothing as needed to 1,820 families.

Celebrate Red! Committee Chair Judith Maxfield and the Red Cross are grateful for the support of sponsors includingDisaster Relief Sponsors ALCOA Foundation, Celgene, Investor’s Bank and Proskauer, Humanity Sponsors BARD and PSE&G, Preparedness Sponsors Ernst & Young, M&T Bank and Quest Diagnostics, Cocktails Sponsor The Rubino OB/GYN Group, Auction and Dancing Sponsor Wells Fargo, Lifesaver Sponsors Deloitte, NJM Insurance Group and Steven M. Resnick, Esq. and Hero Sponsors Bassett Associates and Inserra Supermarkets. 

Tickets, sponsorships and advertising opportunities to support the event are available at or by contacting Aimee Alven at or (609) 951-2118.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

About the American Red Cross in New Jersey 
The American Red Cross provides programs and services to a population of 8.8 million in New Jersey. The Red Cross trains and mobilizes more than 5,800 volunteers who support the delivery of services throughout the state. In New Jersey last year, the Red Cross responded to 889 local disasters, mostly home fires, helping 1,820 displaced families; collected 88,439 units of blood through blood drives and Red Cross Blood Donation Centers; provided 3,920 military family case services with emergency messages, helping families find assistance and/or get counseling and referrals; and trained 117,088 individuals with life-saving skills in preparedness, CPR, AED use, first aid and aquatics. Follow us on Twitter@NJRedCross.

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