SOURCE: CHEN PR

November 11, 2008 09:05 ET

CHEN PR and Network World Host "Everyday Heroes: Celebrating the American Red Cross"

Fourth Annual Fundraiser to Benefit the American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay MetroWest Area

WALTHAM, MA and FRAMINGHAM, MA--(Marketwire - November 11, 2008) - CHEN PR and Network World today announced that they will once again partner to sponsor a holiday fundraiser on behalf of the American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay MetroWest Area. Celebrating its fourth year and successful in raising more than $30,000, the festivities will be held on December 3 from 6-9 p.m. in the Atrium at the Doubletree Guest Suites in Waltham, Mass.

Highlighting the fundraiser will be hotly contested auction items including:

--  two pairs of seats directly from Fenway Park and ready for display in
    your home or office
--  a signed Red Sox jersey from three-time World Series winner and
    pitching ace Curt Schilling
--  tickets to Celtics and Red Sox games
--  private dinner for six prepared in your home by a locally renowned
    chef
--  fine wines
--  gift certificates to some of the area's best restaurants.
    

As a special treat, this year's party-goers will enjoy the music of up-and-coming Boston-based singer/songwriter Chris O'Brien. With musical influences such as David Gray, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and Dar Williams, O'Brien has appeared at numerous influential folk festivals and won coveted awards such as WUMB's New Artist of the Year, played as part of a benefit for ABC's Extreme Makeover Home Edition, and was chosen from a pool of nearly 1,000 contestants to appear on Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion as part of its People in Their Twenties talent contest.

The American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay supports 1 million people in 36 cities and towns with an array of invaluable programs. Last year alone, the American Red Cross distributed 23,489 bags of groceries to families in need and responded to 46 disasters, fires, floods and gas leaks, aiding 266 children and adults with lodging, food, clothing, medicine and mental health counseling. More than 1,500 children in need received holiday gifts and toys and 1,500 individuals were trained in CPR, First Aid and Home Health Care.

"Our local technology community has a strong track record for demonstrating social responsibility," said John Gallant, executive vice president and general manager, CXO Media Network World. "Given the increasing demand the Red Cross is experiencing for its critically important services, the organization really needs our help. We welcome the opportunity to join with our industry peers to answer that call."

"We all enjoy spending time with family, friends and colleagues during the holidays," said CHEN PR Co-founder Chris Carleton. "Our annual Red Cross fundraiser is an excellent way to do that. Importantly, it gives everyone a way to provide much-needed assistance to a tireless organization that does so much for so many people."

Logistics:

Date: Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Time: 6-9 p.m.

Location: Doubletree Guest Suites, 550 Winter Street, Waltham, Mass.

Tickets: $25 tax-deductible donation payable by check at the door to the American Red Cross MetroWest Area. Donations greater than that amount are welcomed and gratefully accepted.

RSVP by Friday, November 28, to Myrsini Morris (mmorris@chenpr.com or 781-672-3132.)

For more information about the American Red Cross, please call 781-642-7000 Ext: 5546 or visit www.bostonredcross.org.

Contact: Myrsini Morris, CHEN PR, mmorris@chenpr.com, 781-672-3132

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