Red Cross emergency vehicle

IMPERIAL VALLEY — The American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties will hold a fiesta-themed fundraiser on Wednesday, June 12, to continue fundraising efforts toward the $150,000 goal for an Imperial Valley-based Next Generation Emergency Response Vehicle, according to a recent press release.

Red Cross emergency vehicle inside

THE RED CROSS hopes to replace its aging national fleet of ERVs with new, more efficient vehicles over the next 10 years, saving millions of dollars in the long run. Better fuel efficiency, easier-to-find replacement parts, and safety and ergonomic features are at the top of the list of improvements.

Nationwide, the Red Cross meets a family that has lost everything to a home fire or other disaster every eight minutes, according to the Red Cross release. Without the iconic emergency response vehicles, the Red Cross could not reach people in crisis or deliver lifesaving supplies. In Imperial Valley, and across the country, emergency response vehicles bring Red Cross volunteers where they are needed and deliver food, cleanup supplies, and more. Next Generation Emergency Response Vehicles are designed to be more inviting and accommodating to disaster survivors.

The release said the Next Generation Emergency Response Vehicle fundraiser will take place on Wednesday, June 12, from 5–7:30 p.m. at Cheval Farms (346 Larsen Road, Imperial) with appetizers, a taco cart, desserts, and more.

“My wife, Valeri, and I have seen first-hand how important the Red Cross is in our community, so we are thrilled to be helping in this fundraising effort,” said Tony Rouhotas, Imperial County chief executive officer and honorary event host, in the press release. “We hope our fellow Imperial Valley residents will join us at this terrific event and bring us closer to our fundraising goal. A Next Generation Emergency Response Vehicle will be an asset to our region and help deliver hope to those who need it most in Imperial Valley and across the country.”

To purchase a ticket to attend the Emergency Response Vehicle fundraising fiesta on Wednesday, June 12, please make a $50 donation at or contact Sylvia Preciado-Platero at or 760-392-5972.

For more information about the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties, please visit

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