Wrapped In Red

A century of Red Cross service in Houston is celebrated in red hot style at gala

Century of Red Cross service in H-Town is celebrated in red hot style

Red Cross Ball, Feb. 2016, Mary Jane Mudd, Chris Mudd, Deborah Duncan, Michael Pearce
Mary Jane Mudd, Chris Mudd, Deborah Duncan, Michael Pearce. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Red Cross Ball, Feb. 2016, Caroline Hafner, Joe Hafner, Merrill Hafner
Caroline Hafner, Joe Hafner, Merrill Hafner. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Red Cross Ball, Feb. 2016, Doug Herron, Winell Herron, Regina Jackson, Ronald Jackson
Doug Herron, Winell Herron, Regina Jackson, Ronald Jackson. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Red Cross Ball, Feb. 2016, Sanford Criner, Susie Criner, Trini Mendenhal, Dorothy Ables, Mickey Ables
Sanford Criner, Susie Criner, Trini Mendenhal, Dorothy Ables, Mickey Ables. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Red Cross Ball, Feb. 2016, Stephen Klineberg, Peggy Klineberg, Anne Chao, Albert Chao
Stephen Klineberg, Peggy Klineberg, Anne Chao, Albert Chao. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Red Cross Ball, Feb. 2016, Bobby Tudor, Phoebe Tudor
Bobby Tudor, Phoebe Tudor. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Red Cross Ball, Feb. 2016, Deborah Duncan, Susan McEldoon
Deborah Duncan, Susan McEldoon. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Red Cross Ball, Feb. 2016, Mary Bergeron, Trini Mendenhall
Mary Bergeron, Trini Mendenhall. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Red Cross Ball, Feb. 2016, George Strake, Annette Strake, Margaret Alkek Williams, David Wuthrich
George Strake, Annette Strake, Margaret Alkek Williams, David Wuthrich. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Red Cross Ball, Feb. 2016, Gene McDavid, Betty McDavid, Steve Vetrano
Gene McDavid, Betty McDavid, Steve Vetrano. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Red Cross Ball, Feb. 2016, Mary Jane Mudd, Chris Mudd, Deborah Duncan, Michael Pearce
Red Cross Ball, Feb. 2016, Caroline Hafner, Joe Hafner, Merrill Hafner
Red Cross Ball, Feb. 2016, Doug Herron, Winell Herron, Regina Jackson, Ronald Jackson
Red Cross Ball, Feb. 2016, Sanford Criner, Susie Criner, Trini Mendenhal, Dorothy Ables, Mickey Ables
Red Cross Ball, Feb. 2016, Stephen Klineberg, Peggy Klineberg, Anne Chao, Albert Chao
Red Cross Ball, Feb. 2016, Bobby Tudor, Phoebe Tudor
Red Cross Ball, Feb. 2016, Deborah Duncan, Susan McEldoon
Red Cross Ball, Feb. 2016, Mary Bergeron, Trini Mendenhall
Red Cross Ball, Feb. 2016, George Strake, Annette Strake, Margaret Alkek Williams, David Wuthrich
Red Cross Ball, Feb. 2016, Gene McDavid, Betty McDavid, Steve Vetrano

One hundred years ago to the day of the American Red Cross' "Wrapped in Red" gala, the Houston chapter of Red Cross signed its charter. A century later, more than 600 supporters turned out at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in black-tie and red-gown splendor to celebrate the momentous occasion.

The evening raised $500,000 for services that run the gamut from providing aid during major disasters to answering the need for low-cost medical transportation for the sick and elderly to CPR training. Addressing the gathering, Susan McEldoon, KHOU Channel 11 president and general manager and chair of the Greater Houston Area American Red Cross board of directors, noted that the Houston chapter responds to four fires a day in this city alone.

"And imagine, in just the past six months," McEldoon noted, "Red Cross instructors have trained more than 25,600 people along the Texas Gulf Coast in first aid, CPR and how to use an AED."

The event was chaired by a trio of philanthropists — Dorothy and Mickey Ables, Trini Mendenhall and Susie and Sanford Criner. And the evening honored four of H-Town's leading citizenry — Merrill and Joe Hafner and Betty and Gene McDavid.  KHOU Channel 11 morning talk show host Deborah Duncan served as emcee.

The evening included remarks by Steve Vetrano, American Red Cross regional CEO, dinner, and dancing to the sounds of Yvonne Washington and the Infinite Groove Band.

Supporters included Phoebe and Bobby Tudor, Philamena and Arthur Baird, Ileana and Michael Trevino, Nancy and Danny Ward, Molly and Jim Crownover, Winell and Doug Herron, Valerie and Gerald Gibbs, and Raye White.

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