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Red Cross Celebrates Local Heroes Sharon and Abraham Brender

Diane Concannon

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 • 5:55pm

SUMMIT, NJ – It’s not too late to become a sponsor or attend next week’s American Red Cross event, Celebrate Red! Join us in honoring two of our local heroes, Abraham and Sharon Brender, recipients of this year’s annual Quinn Award.

Celebrate Red! is the annual fundraising gala and takes place the evening of Thursday, April 3, 2014, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The Park Savoy Estate in Florham Park, New Jersey.

Abraham and Sharon Brender of Millburn are longtime supporters of the Red Cross Preparedness and Health and Safety Services. Their generosity through the Danielle Brender Fund, Inc., and enthusiasm for training the community in CPR and the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs), has taught life-saving skills to countless individuals.

Accidents and emergencies can happen anywhere at any time. The Brender’s lost their daughter, Danielle, 14 years ago after suffering sudden cardiac arrest. Danielle’s death was attributed to Long QT Syndrome, an electrical disorder of the heart. The family was not aware she had this condition. Through Danielle’s death Sharon and Abraham learned the importance of Adult CPR/AED training, and over the last 13 years have arranged to have American Red Cross Adult CPR/AED training available to arm community members with life-saving skills. Program participants have learned how to perform CPR and use automatic external defibrillators, what to do if someone is choking, and how to respond to emergencies until advanced medical help arrives.

“Our family is honored to be recognized as Everyday Heroes and recipients of this year’s Quinn Award. I encourage the members of our community to take advantage of the services of the American Red Cross or volunteer and become an Everyday Hero,” said Sharon Brender. “Any adult can take a variety of health and safety classes, including Adult CPR/AED training. Household members can work together on a preparedness plan. And, people can give blood or make a financial donation.”

The annual fundraising gala will celebrate March is Red Cross Month and toast the incredible impact its honorees have made in the community. In addition to the Brender’s, honorees include Verizon, recipient of the Corporate Hero Award; and the Jersey City Department of Public Safety, recipient of the Community Hero Award.

Guests will enjoy the evening’s cuisine in the setting of a historic estate, dancing to live entertainment by The Franklin & Alison Orchestra, and exciting silent auction prizes.

Proceeds from Celebrate Red! will benefit Red Cross programs and services such as, meals delivered to the homebound and elderly, linking military families during emergencies, life-saving training, disaster preparedness education, and disaster relief for families affected by local disasters such as home fires. During the months of January and February alone, Disaster Services volunteers responded to 102 home fires affecting 248 families in the region, helping more than 744 people with emergency assistance for temporary lodging, food and clothing as needed. The cost in direct assistance was $151,000. 

The American Red Cross is grateful for the support from sponsors, including Celgene, the event’s Disaster Relief Sponsor.

Additional sponsors include: Humanity Sponsors Verizon, Investors Bank and Bobbie Brown and Steven Plofker; Preparedness Sponsors C.R. Bard, Ernst & Young, and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; Lifesaver Sponsors Buck, Seifert & Jost, Inc. and Budd Larner; and Hero Sponsors Bassett Associates, J. Fletcher Creamer & Son, Inc., New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Group, and Drs. Robert and Susan Rubino.

Tickets, sponsorship and advertising opportunities to support the event are available and can be found online at http://www.redcross.org/nj/summit or by calling Sylvia Sirin, special events associate, at 973-576-1600.

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 more information, please visit redcross.org.

About the American Red Cross North Jersey Region
The American Red Cross North Jersey Region provides programs and services throughout the counties of Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren, with a combined population of 5.7 million. The region trains and mobilizes more than 3,000 volunteers who support the delivery of services in the community. Last year, the Red Cross North Jersey Region responded to 485 local home fires, helping 1,269 displaced families; collected more than 26,500 units of blood through blood drives and Red Cross Blood Donation Centers; provided 1,985 military family case services with emergency messages, helping families find assistance and/or get counseling and referrals; and trained 79,341 individuals with life-saving skills in preparedness, CPR, AED use, first aid and aquatics. Follow the North Jersey Region on Twitter @RedCrossNorthNJ.

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