Jimmy Smits To Present At Salute To Service Gala–Saturday May 12th

Jimmy Smits, Picutre by Mark Anderson

The American Red Cross has announced that Emmy Award and Golden Globe winner Jimmy Smits will be presenting at the 2012 Salute To Service Gala, coming up on May 12th, 2012.


Held at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., the black-tie event is the largest fundraising night of the year for the American Red Cross in the National Capital Region.

Kay Kapoor, Managing Director and Chief Executive of Accenture Federal Services is Chairperson of this year’s gala. Accenture is the event’s presenting sponsor.

The 2012 Salute to Service Gala honorees are Admiral Michael (Mike) Mullen and Deborah Mullen. Lieutenant General Russel Honoré will be Emceeing the event. The first Distinguished Woman Warrior Award will be presented to Danielle Green-Byrd, former Notre Dame Basketball standout who lost her lower left arm and hand while serving in the Iraq war under the U.S. Army in May 2004.

Live entertainment will also be provided at the event, including Opera star Denyce Graves (singing the National Anthem), as well as the bad 4Troops, comprised of retired United States combat veterans. Col. Gregory Gadson will also present awards to Wounded Warriors and VIP Guest is Lt. Heather Penney. WUSA anchor Lesli Foster will emcee the VIP reception.

Tickets can be purchased at: http://american.redcross.org/ncrgala

Further information is on our website at www.redcrossnca.org. Follow the gala on Twitter at #RedCrossGala2012.

Read American Red Cross CEO Linda Mathes’ interview with WashingtonExec about Saturday’s gala here.

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