Red Cross Honors Leonards In Hartford

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redcross11Saturday night was a busy one with officials like Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and U.S. Sen. Dick Blumenthal criss-crossing the city to attend at least three major events.

And along their respective paths was the American Red Cross “Red, White & You Ball” at the Connecticut Convention Center.

Guests of honor were Kim and Stew Leonard Jr., awarded the organization’s 2014 Community Impact Award.

“We are thrilled,” said Stew Leonard about the honor awarded to the couple for their Stew Leonard III Children’s Charities, named after their son who accidently drowned as a toddler. The foundation focuses on water safety for children through efforts including a national learn-to-swim program, water safety education and life guard training.

“I don’t think any of us can remember a time when the Red Cross wasn’t there,” said Leonard about the emergency organization that was established in 1881. “The Red Cross has a lot of credibility and always steps up,” he said. “We are honored to be recognized.”

Emcee for the evening was ESPN anchor Kevin Negandhi, with WFSB’s married couple, Dennis House and ball co-chair Kara Sundlun, sharing the auctioneer duties.

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