It was a festive affair as over 400 guests – including Mayor Herb Katz, Santa Monica City Councilmember Bobby Shriver, and the cast of Grey’s Anatomy – showed up for the annual Santa Monica Red Cross Red Tie Affair held at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel.
Emmy awarding-winning Christine Devine, co-anchor on the Fox 11 10 p.m. news, hosted Saturday night’s proceedings. Add celebrity chef Nick Stellino to the mix and you have a really delicious evening, as the famous author and TV show host supervised the preparation of a most sumptuous three-course gourmet meal.
Recognition awards were presented in several categories including the Ricardo A. “Rick” Crocker Spirit Award, which was accepted by Santa Monica Fire Chief Jim Hone on behalf of the Santa Monica Fire- fighters who so valiantly fought the recent California Wildfires and whose commitment to the community is ongoing.
For outstanding service in the medical field, the Spirit Award went to Dr. Wally Ghurabi, Medical Director, Nethercutt Emergency Center, Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital. Dr. Ghurabi also serves as medical director of the Santa Monica Fire and Police departments where he trains paramedics and other first responders. Also honored with this award was Dr. Kathy Magliato, Director of Women’s Cardiac Services at Saint John’s Health Center and one of the few female cardiothoracic surgeons in the world, and Shonda Rhimes, Creator and Executive Producer of Grey’s Anatomy.
According to Bill Bauer, Director of Public Relations for the Red Cross of Santa Monica, the Red Tie Affair theme got started back East. “The idea actually came from the Red Cross Chapter in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Back there, it is a more formal and dressy event and is one of the major social events of the year. The gala is often held at the Carnegie Museum or another major cultural venue or at a top-line hotel. Here in Southern California, it is not quite so formal and a touch more casual.”
For more information on the Red Cross of Santa Monica, go to redcrossofsantamonica.org.