Red Cross Gala 2017

The 2017 version of the annual Red Cross Gala, “Heroes Among Us,” highlighted the organization’s support for members of the military and their families on March 11 at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco. Event co-chairs Kate Smith and Ezra Garrett reported over $500,000 raised for the American Red Cross mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering during emergencies, with over $100,000 earmarked for Red Cross Services to the armed forces.

Some 350 Bay Area community leaders attended the gala celebration that honored Dr. Russell Lemle, founder of Pets for Vets, Jake Harriman, CEO of Nuru International, Major General James M. “Mike” Myatt, President and CEO of Marines Memorial Association, and Mary Louise Chapman, a loyal Red Cross volunteer since the 1940s. The red-tie affair featured cocktails, dinner, dancing, an inspiring program and live auction, and an after-party with live music by local favorite Notorious.

Scenes from the Red Cross Gala 2017:

About the American Red Cross of the Bay Area

The American Red Cross provides shelter, food, and emotional support to victims of disasters. The Red Cross 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.

Photos by Drew Altizer Photography

— Related: more Red Carpet Bay Area coverage of Red Cross Gala events