Centennial Ball Celebrating 100 Years of Service

By The Greater Miami & The Keys American Red Cross Chapter


Swanee and Paul DiMare Swanee and Paul DiMare

Mimi Shafey Mimi Shafey

Julia Rea Bianchi Julia Rea Bianchi
Saturday, March 25, 2017, from 7 p.m. to midnight
Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne
455 Grand Bay Drive, Key Biscayne
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The American Red Cross Greater Miami & The Keys will mark 100 years of service to the South Florida community in 2017. This impressive milestone will be celebrated at the 35th Annual American Red Cross Ball. The Centennial Celebration Ball, will take place on Saturday, March 25 at the Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne. Chaired by Mary “Mimi” Bradley Shafey the ball will emphasize the life-saving work of the Red Cross. Swanee and Paul DiMare, will be presented with the American Red Cross Centennial Humanitarian Award for their outstanding support of the American Red Cross.

“The American Red Cross is one of the longest established organizations in our Magic City and has been there to provide relief and comfort to families and individuals in times of need,” said Board Chair Julia Rea Bianchi, “This is a milestone year and we are proud to recognize and honor the DiMares and Past Ball Chairs who have been critical to helping us make a lasting impact in our community, as well as embodying the humanitarian mission of the Red Cross.” This year’s event will take guests on a trip back in time through the past hundred years. The historical narrative of the American Red Cross’ presence in our community will come to life through vintage photos and the testimonials of those the organization has served during its tenure. The Centennial Celebration Ball will raise funds for the American Red Cross’ disaster preparedness, response and recovery programs and services, continuing its tradition and commitment to Greater Miami & The Keys.

“We are proud to have served our neighbors in Greater Miami and The Keys for 100 years,” said Chair Mimi Shafey. Almost everyone has been touched by the Red Cross in one way or another. If you assisted others during times of disaster or served in the military, or if you have given or received blood, taken a swimming or first aid class, been involved with fire prevention campaigns, you are part of the Red Cross and we hope you will help us celebrate at the Centennial Celebration Ball.”

Ball Committee members include: Maria Beguiristain, Trish Bell, Stacy Briggle, Paula Brockway, Betty Brody, Terry Buoniconti, Debbie Campbell, Brenda Nestor Castellano, Pamela W. Cole, Leatrice Damus, Norma Echarte, Linda Levy Goldberg, Mary Frances Irvin, Jean B. Jenkins, Elizabeth Johnson, Marile Lopez, Betty Lopez-Castro, Ginger Mead, Rita Michel, Maria Cristina Miranda, Jenny Parker, Jeanie Pfleger, Barbara Reese, Frances Sevilla-Sacasa, Kristine Wenzel, Rita Wilder and Michele Wiseheart.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support for families affected by disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that saves lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. For more information, visit www.RedCross.org or visit us on twitter at @sflRedCross.

Sponsorship opportunities for the Centennial Celebration Ball are available by contacting Susan@EventuresMiami.com. To buy tickets, visit Tables and Tickets

About American Red Cross

The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

For more information, visit www.RedCross.org/SouthFlorida or call 305-644-1200.