Fergie & Josh Duhamel at the Santa Monica Red Cross event
Photo by Margaret Molloy
Josh Duhamel and Fergie
Celebrities flocked to the Fairmont-Miramar Hotel to show their support at the 5th Annual Red Cross Red Tie Affair. Preliminary estimates are that the event raised about $375,000, so far.
While many people opened their pockets to give to the Red Cross, two were honored for the support they’ve already shown. Comedian Betty White was given the Crystal Cross Award for her efforts with animals in areas of disaster, and actor Josh Duhamel received the Spirit Award for his development of two charity runs for both the Haiti and Japan earthquakes.
Among the donations to the organization were an emergency response vehicle given by guitarist Pete Wentz and other donated items were auctioned. Other celebs such as singer and actress Stacy Ferguson (Fergie), heiress Paris Hilton, and actress Erin Carufel (The Lincoln Lawyer) appeared at the event as well.
The awards were presented by American Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern.
The Rick Crocker Spirit of Volunteerism Award was bestowed on a remarkable team of doctors From St. John’s Health Center who traveled to Haiti last year and assisted in the relief effort after the Haitian earthquake.
Celebrity chef, author and TV show host, Nick Stellino supervised the preparation of a four-course gourmet dinner created especially for the gala. Award winning KTTV Fox 11 News anchor, Christine Devine was the Master of Ceremonies and world-famous songstress Romina Arena performed.
450-plus attendees paid tribute to the American Red Cross. The guest list included community leaders, business leaders, VIPs, entertainment and sports professionals in addition to celebrities from the world of entertainment.