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Oct 17

Washington DC, DC

Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium

American Red Cross of National Capital Area 2009 Fire and Ice Ball: A Salute to Our Nation’s Armed Forces and Their Families, Oct. 17 Special Guest Emcee, CBS News Correspondent Kimberly Dozier Fairfax, Va. (July 13, 2009) – CBS Correspondent Kimberly Dozier will emcee the 2009 Fire and Ice Ball , the annual gala to raise funds for critical services and programs of the American Red Cross of the National Capital Area. The event will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, D.C., and will salute our nation’s Armed Forces’ service to the country and honor the Red Cross’ long-standing history of support for U.S. service men and women and their families. Microsoft Federal VP Teresa Carlson and CSC North American Public Sector President Jim Scheaffer will co-host this year’s Gala in which more than 700 people including military, government, corporate and community leaders will gather to support the men and women of the U.S. military and their families and the American Red Cross of the National Capital Area. General Admission cost is $400 per ticket; and a table of eight is $5,000. Special sponsorship packages are available by request from $10,000-$25,000. CSC is this year’s Gala Presenting Sponsor, contributing $50,000. Kimberly Dozier, is a CBS News correspondent who covered the Middle East extensively for the CBS Evening News, CBS's Sunday Morning, The Early Show and CBS Radio News, from 2001 to 2006. She worked primarily in Baghdad from August 2003 until May 2006, before being injured there. Last year, she published a memoir, Breathing the Fire, Fighting to Report and Survive the War in Iraq, detailing her recovery from the car bomb that hit her team while covering a 4th ID patrol in Baghdad. Dozier now covers the Pentagon and the White House as a general assignment reporter for CBS News' Washington, D.C. bureau. Prior to her Baghdad network appointment, she was a CBS News correspondent based in Jerusalem, where she covered the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the war in Iraq. Dozier served before that as a contributor to the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather and The Early Show, along with her "day job" as the chief European correspondent for CBS Radio News based in London. She was also an anchor for BBC Radio World Service’s World Update, a co-production with Public Radio International. Prior to that, she wrote for newspapers including The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, and The San Francisco Chronicle, while covering the Islamic militant movement, and the Palestinian peace process in Cairo, Egypt. Her assignments for television and radio included the war in Iraq, the war in Afghanistan and the hunt for Osama bin Laden at Tora Bora, the crisis and refugee exodus in the Balkans, Vladimir Putin's election, Northern Ireland's peace process and the Khobar Barracks bombing in Dhahran. Dozier is the recipient of multiple awards including a 2008 Peabody Award and the 2008 RTNDA/Edward R. Murrow Award for her Feature Reporting for a CBS News Sunday Morning report on two women veterans who lost limbs in Iraq, and a 2009 Sigma Delta Chi award for her coverage of the troops on the home front for the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric. The evening’s highlight will be to honor those in our community who have made significant contributions to our nation through military service. Awards will be given to current members of the Armed Forces and for a lifetime of achievement. Several hundred people and dignitaries including military, community and organizational leadership from the Washington D.C. area, will be in attendance to say “thank you” to the men and women of our nation’s Armed Forces and their families. Special guests include General Barry McCaffrey, staff members from military medical installations in the National Capital Area, and recovering wounded service members from Walter Reed Army Medical Center and their families. Your local Red Cross Chapter supports the men and women of our military on several levels. We connect families with their service member during a family emergency. We welcome thousands of wounded service members home to Andrews Air Force Base from Iraq and Afghanistan on their first night back on U.S. soil. We support and supplement staff at military hospitals at Fort Belvoir, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Andrews Air Force Base and National Naval Medical Center to better meet the needs of wounded service members and their families. We provide briefings to service members and their families before deployments so they know the resources available to support them before, during and after their deployments. Locally and around the world, the American Red Cross is committed to and passionate about serving the men and women of our military and their families. The American Red Cross of the National Capital Area, with a ratio of 67 volunteers to each paid staff member, provides relief to victims of disaster and empowers people in the D.C. Metropolitan Area to prevent, prepare for and respond to disasters and other life-threatening emergencies. Financially supported by the generosity of the local community, your National Capital Area Chapter responds often several times a day to local disasters–376 in 2008 alone–while continuing to build its capacity to effectively prepare for and respond to the next major disaster to strike our community. The National Capital Area jurisdiction includes the counties of Prince George’s, Montgomery and Fairfax; the District of Columbia; and the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church. The chapter maintains a field office on Fort Belvoir, and a presence at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Andrews Air Force Base. The American Red Cross of the National Capital Area is the premier local resource empowering individuals and mobilizing our community to survive the unexpected and save lives. Sponsors include: CSC, Microsoft, Southern Management Corporation, BAE Systems, Carnival, Intel, FCN Technology Solutions, LeapFrog, MicroTech, Northrop Grumman, Politico, Booz Allen Hamilton, CGI Federal, EMC, Geico, IMC Inc., InfoReliance, MedStar Health, MicroLink, Office Movers, Planet Technologies, Quest Software, Major General and Mrs. Carl H. McNair, Jr., US Army (RET), Integrated Resource Technologies, KPMG LLP, NetApp and Toepfer Construction Company. To arrange to attend the 2009 Fire and Ice Ball, contact the Office of Special Events, 703-584-8420, or e-mail Danielle Otsuka, OtsukaD@redcrossnca.org. Media who wish to cover the event are admitted free; however, RSVP is required. To arrange to attend or for other media assistance, contact the Office of Communications & Media Relations, 703-584-8412, or e-mail Kathy Thompson, thompsonk@redcrossnca.org.

While the Fire & Ice Ball celebrates members of our Armed Forces, the event is open to anyone who has purchased a ticket. The event will also celebrate staff members from military medical installations in the area, and recovering service members from Walter Reed Army Medical Center and their families.

Registration Opens: 09/01/2009 Cost: General Admission cost is $400 per ticket; and a table of eight is $5,000. Special sponsorship packages are available by request from $10,000-$25,000.

Contact Name: John Conrad

ph: 703-390-1538 email: conrad@merrittgrp.com


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