EVENTS | On Saturday, Oct. 17, more than 600 military, government, corporate and community leaders will join in support of military members and their families at the 2009 Fire and Ice Ball. With two months to go, how are preparations going? Here’s what the event’s co-chairs — Jim Sheaffer of CSC and Teresa Carlson of Microsoft — are telling ExecutiveBiz:
“We’re moving ahead very aggressively with the preparations, with just a couple months before this evening that’s so very important to our Red Cross and military communities. One of the primary missions of the Red Cross is to support the military. This particular fundraising event is directed at supporting that mission. We’re reaching out now to companies and businesses in our area that have a real interest in supporting a pretty dramatic need: to provide assistance to the families of wounded soldiers and help the Red Cross fulfill its mission of helping support those deployed and those at home. We and the Red Cross are looking to gain additional support — through sponsorships, individual tickets, donations for the silent auction — from our business community. We need your help in making this salute to our nation’s Armed Forces a tremendous success.” — Jim Sheaffer, president, CSC/North American Public Sector
“During an average year, the American Red Cross provides support services — 24 hours a day, 7 days a week — to more than 2,000 troops and their families in the national capital region. The Fire and Ice gala on October 17th is shaping up to be our premier event to say thank you, with our military leaders and the DC region’s surrounding community of support. We’ve got an impressive array of sponsors, hosts and speakers lined up, but the Red Cross deserves more. If you lead one of our region’s businesses, you are not going to want to miss this night — join us now!
— Teresa Carlson, Vice President of Microsoft Federal