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Date: September 13, 2007
Contact: Diane Concannon, Public Relations Director 609.951.2116; (cell) 609.206.4043



Red Cross Invites Media to Meet the Maestro

Princeton, NJ, September 13, 2007 – In anticipation of our November 18th Evening with Maestro Nelson Shanks auction of fine art fundraiser, the American Red Cross of Central New Jersey invites members of the press to a special pre-event gathering. Join Red Cross staff and Evening with Maestro Nelson Shanks committee members as we meet together with world-renowned painter, art historian, art teacher, connoisseur and collector Nelson Shanks.

Among Nelson Shanks’ notable commissions are President William Jefferson Clinton; Diana, Princess of Wales and Charles, Lord Spencer; and His Holiness Pope John Paul II. Other significant commissions include Luciano Pavarotti for the Metropolitan Opera, Mstislav Rostropovich for the Kennedy Center, and Denyce Graves for the National Portrait Gallery. His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide, including the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Royal Palace in Stockholm, Kensington Palace in London, and Fortezza Firmafede in Sarzana, Italy.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

4:30 – 5:30 PM

Tennis Clubhouse - Cherry Valley Country Club

Skillman, New Jersey

Interview and photo opportunities will be available

Evening with Nelson Shanks Committee

Co-Chairs: William Augustine and Mickey Graham
Committee: Kathleen Biggins, Sarah Cammerzell, Robert Humes, Laurie Lincoln, Wendy McNeil, Cheryl Mooney, Ann Nawn, Nora Orphanides, Susan Paneyko, Anne Reeves, Ruth Sayer, Leona Shanks, Grace White, and Donald Wilson

To learn more about our Evening with Nelson Shanks art auction, go to

The Central New Jersey Chapter serves the people of Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon and parts of Somerset counties, helping our community prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Last year, 1,229 volunteers and 25 full or part-time employees helped the victims of 132 fires, floods and other disasters in Central New Jersey; trained 55,562 residents with First Aid, CPR or other lifesaving skills; and provided care and support to 196 military families. Central New Jersey residents donated 14,647 pints of blood through the American Red Princeton Blood Donor Center or American Red Cross blood drives throughout our service area. The American Red Cross is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs. The Red Cross is not a government agency; it relies on donations of time, money, and blood to do its work.

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