Americares Airlift Benefit 2020

A Thank You from Christine Squires, CEO of Americares

Dear Airlift Benefit Guests,

To our partners, donors and friends who made this year’s Americares Airlift Benefit Livestream a success — my sincerest thanks. Last night, we celebrated Americares life-changing work, made possible only by support from friends like you. Although we could not gather in person, Americares supporters came together as always — whether in support of Americares Airlift Benefit or in response to a crisis when action is required. Because of your generosity, we were able to raise more than $1.8 Million, which will make health possible for countless individuals in the U.S. and around the world.

Our program this year celebrated the more than 60 million health workers who provide critical services around the world. With your support, we will continue to work on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic and emergencies like the wildfires on the West coast and devastating hurricanes in the Gulf. In addition, our ongoing health programs will help tackle discrimination and other barriers that keep Americans from the health care they need.

Please share the Livestream video with colleagues and friends so they can view the program any time at If you would like to make a fully tax-deductible gift to our work, there’s still time! Our number will be open today and all next week. Simply text your Name + Amount to 475-252-8977.

Americares is committed to saving lives and improving the health of people affected by poverty and disaster. We are tremendously grateful for your partnership, and I hope we can gather together in person at next year’s event. In the meantime, on behalf of everyone at Americares, we wish you and your families good health and safety in the coming months.

With sincerest gratitude,

Christine Squires

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A patient with respiratory symptoms is examined at the Americares Family Clinic in Santiago de Maria as part of Americares expanded COVID-19 response supported by USAID. Photo courtesy of Americares.
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At Americares, we believe good health is the key to all human development. Overcoming barriers to quality health care is at the core of our mission.

2020 presented all of us with new challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic and the important call to action around social inequity. Americares continues to work on the front lines of the pandemic, training health workers and delivering critical supplies at home and around the world. To date, we have sent 500 shipments with more than 145 tons of protective equipment, including 2.5 million masks.

Meet our Co-Hosts

Tony Goldwyn

Tony Goldwyn

Mr. Goldwyn joined the board in 2018. An actor, director and producer, he recently finished a sold-out run of director Ivo Van Hove’s Broadway production of “Network” with Bryan Cranston and Tatiana Maslany. He was also seen on the Netflix series, “Chambers,” starring alongside Uma Thurman and on Shonda Rhimes’ remarkable series “Scandal” where he played President Fitzgerald Grant for seven seasons. Mr. Goldwyn has appeared in and/or directed dozens of feature films and television shows throughout his successful career.

Jackie Cruz

Actor, entrepreneur, vocalist and longtime Americares supporter, Jackie Cruz, became a household name from her portrayal of Marisol ‘Flaca’ Gonzales on Netflix’s critically acclaimed series, “Orange Is the New Black.”

Orange Is the New Black was a launching pad for Cruz’s career. She is a three-time SAG Award winner and was named one of the “Top Latino Powerhouses under 40” by The Hollywood Reporter in 2013. Cruz was also included on Latina Magazine’s 30 Under 30 List in 2015.


Thank You, Sponsors!


The Conroy Family

The Weisman Family


Ali and Pat Fels
/Goldman Sachs Gives

Patricia and Paul Kuehner

Rita and Jerry Leamon

Alvia and Mehdi Mahmud

Karin and Stephen Sadove

The Selander Foundation



Astellas U.S. LLC

Carol and George Bauer

Lois and Bob Baylis

Cisco Systems

Katy Close, M.D.
and Christopher Buckley


Susan Grossman and Kent Dombal

Harbor Lights Foundation

Samhita and Ignacio Jayanti

Francine and John Katsoudas


Tracy and Joe Merrill

Jane Musky and Tony Goldwyn

Mrs. J. Paul Rodriguez
and Elizabeth and Jay Chandler

Sarah and Alexander Saint-Amand

Lisa and Michael Ullmann

Mimi and Frank Walsh




Linda and Jeffrey Becker

BLT/Harbor Point

Diane and Jim Bosek

Daniel N. Caron

Anita Cobb and Neil Budnick

Mark Dalton

Marlene and Brian Dooner

Betty and Alan Feldman, M.D.

Susan and Joe Garofoli

Geller & Company

Erica Hill and David Yount

Horizon Therapeutics

Alexa and Ward Horton

Johnson & Johnson

Julia B. Fee and William Pitt
Sotheby’s International Realty

The Macauley Family

Tizzie and Tom Mantione

Molly and David McGrath

Onward and Upward Charitable Foundation/Talivity

Sharon Owens-Avey 

Susan and Bob Schulz

Alana and Jed Selkowitz

Selkowitz Family Foundation

Debi and Jay Shaw

Colleen and Don Shelden

Debbie and Craig Stapleton

Jennifer Toll

Eva and Christian Trefz

U.S. Bank


Megin and Adam Wolfman

Melissa and Andrew Woolford


Elizabeth Peale Allen

Aspen Insurance

Polly and Chris Benassi

Cory and Joseph Family Foundation

Holly and Adam Casella

Robbi and Robert Feinberg

Muffie and Desmond FitzGerald
/Hope for Poor Children Foundation

Alice and Trig Horton


Susan Lynch

Diana and Tom Maguire

Northern Trust

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The Rauscher Family

Rucci Law Group LLC

Beverly Schuch

Christine Squires and Steve Pashkoff

Katherine and Laird Stabler

World Wrestling Entertainment

2020 Host Committee

Event Co-Chairs

Roberta* and Jim Conroy^

Jane Musky** and Tony Goldwyn*

Francine^ and John Katsoudas

Joy^ and Eric Weintz, M.D.^

Host Committee

Elizabeth Peale Allen*

Percival Barretto-Ko*

Carol+ and George Bauer 

Lois and Bob Baylis* 

Linda and Jeffrey Becker* 

Christopher Benassi^

Stephen Blewitt^

Joshua B. Blum^ 

Diane Bosek^

Sara and Tim Bosek*=

Cynthia^ and Mac Brighton 

Courtenay and T.J. Carella^ 

Holly^ and Adam Casella^ 

Daniel N. Caron^ 

Elizabeth^ and Jay Chandler^ 

Katherine Close, M.D.* and  

   Christopher Buckley 

Anita Cobb^ and Neil Budnick^ 

Vicki^ and John Crum^

Mark Donaldson^

Marlene Dooner^

Alan Feldman, M.D.^

Ali^ and Pat Fels^

Desmond FitzGerald^

Elizabeth* and Christian Frank 

Maura and Steve Gallucci*^ 

Susan and Joe Garofoli^ 

Gail and David Gluckman^ 

Susan Grossman* and Kent Dombal 

Mary and C. Robert Henrikson+ 

Erica Hill* and David Yount^ 

Alexa^ and Ward Horton^

Samhita* and Ignacio Jayanti 

Mary^ and Kim Jeffery^ 

Michelle and William Judice^ 

Harry Jones III^

Patricia^ and William Kleh^ 

Janie^ and Jason Konidaris^ 

Rose^ and Bill Krivoshik^ 



Patricia and Paul Kuehner* 

Ginny and Michael Parker^

Christina Lari and Cary Potter^ 

Rita and Jerry Leamon* 

Eve Lehrman, M.D.^

Diane and Dean Maglaris+ 

Alvia and Medhi Mahmud*

Tizzie^ and Tom Mantione^

Megan and Keith McAllister+ 

Tracy^ and Joe Merrill^+ 

Marcie Molloy, M.D.^ and Kevin Molloy

Marti Noxon 

Gregory Oreskovich^

Ginny and Michael Parker^ 

Jennifer and Ari Perkins, M.D.^

Heather Poole^

Christopher Robb^

Ginny Rogers^

Debbie and Joe Rucci+ 

Kierstie and Josh Rucci^ 

Melissa and Alan Rwambuya* 

Sarah* and Alexander Saint-Amand 

Betsey^ and Arthur Selkowitz^

Christine Squires* and Steve Pashkoff

Katherine^ and Laird Stabler^

Jennifer Toll^ 

Catherine and Richard Townsend^

Lisa and Michael Ullmann*

Mrs. Fred Weisman

Lt. Gen. Nadja West, M.D.* and Don West

Megin and Adam Wolfman^

Melissa and Andrew Woolford^

Christine Squires
President & CEO 

Jerry Leamon
Chairman of the Board

Americares Junior
Council Executive Committee:

Ankur Bhargava

Chris Garofoli

Alexandra Gerber

Alec Magdaleno

Paul Mignone

Andrew Ogren

Jennifer Porti

Farrell Ulrich

Karan Vazirani

*Americares Board of Directors
**Americares Free Clinics Board
^Americares Leadership Council
+Americares Emeritus Board
=Americares Junior Council