Pictured from left, are: Jo Bracken, outgoing Chairmen of the Board for the Greater Long Beach Chapter; Karl Zittel, acting Superintendant of Airport Operations LGB; John Blood, Chief of Security LGB; Fred Pena, Facilities Management Officer; Margaret Arbini Madonna, Chief Executive Officer of American Red Cross Greater Long Beach and Rio Hondo Chapters.
Officials received the award on Saturday, June 30, 2012 at the Long Beach Airport Holiday Inn during the Red Cross' Annual Volunteer Recognition Breakfast.
“We are very grateful for the relationship that we have developed with the Red Cross over the years,” Mayor Bob Foster said. “This working partnership between the Long Beach Airport and the American Red Cross is crucial in an emergency.”
"Whether it is collaborating on disaster response plans, participating in joint exercises, or responding to real-world emergencies, the Long Beach Airport has always been a ready partner. None of us like to think about disasters, but it's good to know that we can depend on each other if one occurs. We are proud to consider the Long Beach Airport one of our great friends, and a true Good Neighbor," said Margaret Arbini Madonna, Chief Executive Officer of American Red Cross Greater Long Beach and Rio Hondo Chapters. Long Beach Airport is particularly proud of its relationship with the local Red Cross.
"The Red Cross' commitment to service for those in need in our community is outstanding. In the event of a disaster it is extremely comforting to know that they will come with aid and are always willing to lend a hand," said Airport Director Mario Rodriguez.
The award is named after Halcyon Ball, who is known by local Red Cross officials as the original "Good Neighbor." Ball owned and operated a business next door to the Long Beach Chapter of the American Red Cross and was a faithful volunteer for nearly 40 years until his passing in 2009.