Monday, November 19, 2012

A Toast to Give Thanks Like No Other

Giving Thanks Event Welcomes Donors
By Mary Jacoby Hastings

Brown Palace Hotel lobby, Denver, CO  (photos by Mary Jacoby Hastings)
On Veterans Day, November 11, 2012, donors in the American Red Cross Giving Thanks program gathered at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver, Colorado to pay tribute to active members of the U.S. Armed Forces and veterans worldwide. SAF Giving Program members are among the most valuable Red Cross partners. They receive the highest level of recognition in channels that reach military members and the general public. When companies and foundations join the SAF Giving Program, they stand beside us in caring for and thanking military heroes and their families.

The event was celebrated with the famous Brown Palace Champagne Cascade to the delight of onlookers that gathered on floor after floor of atrium balconies overlooking the elegant, world-famous lobby.

On hand to commemorate the occasion were Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, Retired Air Force General Victor E. Renuart, Jr. and American Red Cross Regional Chief Executive Officer Gino Greco.

To the cheers of those in attendance, Marcel Pitton, managing director of the Brown Palace Hotel, poured the first bottle to start the cascade of champagne over a tower of 5,000 glasses. Greco followed in Red Cross style. Greco and Pitton then made a toast to the U.S. Armed Forces and veterans everywhere.

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper took time to honor veterans at the Giving Thanks event at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver on November 11, 2012.
Marcel Pitton also presented a check for $10,000 to the American Red Cross from the Brown Palace Hotel.

Throughout the event, cards with messages of support and appreciation were signed for troops and veterans around the world. A large banner to be delivered to U.S. Armed Forces attracted many more signers.

To learn more about the Giving Thanks program and becoming a major donor or American Red Cross corporate partner, visit

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