By Ashley Henyan, Digital Communications Manager
On February 3, 2018, nearly 500 Los Angeles Region volunteers gathered at the Globe Theatre at Universal Studios Hollywood, for the Volunteer Excellence Awards. While every single Red Cross volunteer deserves the highest honors and praises for their achievements, this year eight extraordinary individuals, Dorathy Twitchell, Jada Hall, Jane Dean, Evangeline Campos, Kat Walsh, Matthew Martinez, Mary Hughes and Mark Chung, were honored.
Red Cross volunteer and film and television actress, Elisabeth Rohm hosted the show, and she was joined by actor and comedian, Jimmy Della Valle who provided some comic relief during the program.
Volunteers from around the region enjoyed a wonderful lunch buffet and entertainment from Universal’s own, Marilyn Monroe (an impersonator, of course) and Mark, a magician whose skills dazzled attendees of all ages.
The event had all the glitz and glamour of a real Hollywood awards show—a red carpet with a back drop of cascading palm trees, celebrities, live entertainment and the added bonus of deploy-mints—little Red Cross ERV shaped containers filled with after dinner mints!
This year’s awards, the Health and Safety Services Award, the Biomedical Achievement Award, the Disaster Preparedness and Response Volunteer Award, the Service to the Armed Forces and Veterans Award, the Outstanding Youth Services Volunteer Award, the Volunteer Leadership Award, the Clara Barton Honor Award for Meritorious Volunteer Leadership, and the Special Citation for Exceptional Volunteer Service, recognized the diverse range of volunteer opportunities at the Red Cross.
In all, 60 well-deserved nominees were up for top honors. The complete list includes: Alta Abbott, Amir Karimi, Amisha Chowdhury, Amy Xia, Ava Mahloogi, Barbara Colwell, Bernie Nazari, Bob Rich, Britney Huynh, Bruce Daly, Katherine Carpenter, Cathy Carrasco, Cathy Young, Chau Phong, Cheri Larson, Cris Tsai, Danielle Dejean, Danilo Capistrano, David Balian, David Tuckman, Deirdre Lopez, Dorathy Twitchell, Evangeline Campos, Fred Roach, Gladys Ramirez, Henry Mills, Hunter Gissinger, Jada Hall, James Stevens, Jane Dean, Jim Topping, John Luong, Joseph Nurre, Kathlynne Walsh, Kirk Hyde, Ladislado Garcia, Les Mayeda, Linda Ward, Mark Chung, Mary Hughes, MaryAnn Agnew, Matthew Martinez, Melba Borgonia, Merie Burns, Michelle Santiago, Naomi Daniel, Oliver Pizarro, Pamela Hathaway, Paula Pruner, Ralph McCann, Sarah Domier, Shelby Carmichael, Sophie Pham, Sunil Trivedi, Tara Mitchell, Timothy Hokanson, Tommy Tran, Valerie Eads, Victoria Shere, and Yolanda Ledesma.
Los Angeles Region Board Chair, Andrea Davis attended the event, speaking on-stage with Los Angeles Region volunteer, Carmela Burke during the awards portion of the celebration.
Congratulations to all and thank you for your service!