American Red Cross Centennial Ball Honors The Walt Disney Company as Humanitarian Company of the Year

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The American Red Cross Los Angeles Region commemorated a century of
serving the communities in and around Los Angeles by hosting the 2017
Humanitarian Ball at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel last evening. This year,
the event honored The Walt Disney Company as the 2017 Humanitarian
Company of the Year for its decades of support provided to the American
Red Cross.

“This Humanitarian Ball will be a celebration that is talked about for
years to come,” said Jarrett Barrios, CEO Red Cross Los Angeles Region.
“Attendees showed their support of our humanitarian mission and enjoyed
an evening of fellowship and giving, alongside LA’s and the nation’s
leading philanthropists, business leaders, elected officials and

During the event, the Red Cross Los Angeles Region presented the
Humanitarian Company of the Year Award to The Walt Disney Company in
recognition for its decades-long partnership and support of the American
Red Cross that began with Walt Disney himself in 1918. Nearly a century
later, The Walt Disney Company continues to be a strong supporter of the
Red Cross mission by providing generous support of large-scale disaster
relief operations and serving as an engaged Annual Disaster Giving
Program member. Disney’s contributions allow the Red Cross to prepare
for and respond to disasters big and small; as well as increasing youth
disaster preparedness exponentially by launching The Pillowcase Project
worldwide, a preparedness education program for grades 3 – 5 that
teaches students about personal and family preparedness and safety

“Walt Disney started our partnership with the American Red Cross almost
a century ago and we’re proud that it continues today. It’s been our
privilege to support their efforts to create hope for a brighter
tomorrow for thousands of children and families around the world,” said
Bob Chapek, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

The Humanitarian Ball was attended by more than 500 guests who enjoyed a
live auction and live entertainment. The Red Cross relies on the
generosity of its donors and volunteers to accomplish its humanitarian
mission and thanks to those who participated, the Humanitarian Ball was
able to raise over $1 million for the Red Cross. The evening concluded
with an “After Party” sponsored by The Patrón Spirits Company where
guests danced to music provided by DJ Amara.

The 2017 Humanitarian Ball was presented by The Walt Disney Company and
Wells Fargo.

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
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Red Cross Los Angeles Region
Jon Myers
(310) 445-5288