It seems America can’t get enough of Betty White and the same goes for the American Red Cross of Santa Monica.

The 88-year-old actress best known for her role as Rose on the “Golden Girls,” will be the recipient of the “Crystal Cross Award” for her contributions to animal welfare at the 2011 Santa Monica Red Cross Red Tie Affair, which will be held Saturday at the Fairmont-Miramar Hotel.

Providing comfort and care for animals during a major disaster is a growing concern for the American Red Cross and the Santa Monica chapter is spearheading the creation of a nationwide program to aid and shelter animals during emergencies and to provide year-round pet CPR and pet first-aid classes for the public, said John Pacheco, executive director of the Santa Monica chapter.

“White, with her lifelong advocacy of caring for animals, is the consummate embodiment of this new and exciting venture and an inspiration to everyone at the American Red Cross,” Pacheco said.

The Red Cross Spirit Award will go to actor and Red Cross Celebrity Cabinet member Josh Duhamel who helped raise funds for the Haitian and Japanese earthquake relief by organizing youth runs on the Santa Monica Beach that raised hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The Rick Crocker Spirit of Volunteerism Award, named after a Santa Monica police officer and marine who lost his life in 2005 while fighting in Iraq, will be bestowed on a team of doctors from Saint John’s Health Center who traveled to Haiti and assisted in the relief effort after the Haitian earthquake, last year.

National American Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern will attend this year’s exclusive event.

The Red Tie Affair is a fundraiser for the Red Cross and features a silent auction. Over 450 people are expected to attend, including local community leaders, as well as celebrities and professional athletes.

For more information, go to redcrosssofsantamonica.org.

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