INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 23, 1998 -- The American Red Cross, the official charity of the Indy Racing League, presents an unprecedented one-hour telecast, 117 years in the making, with the Dec. 24 broadcast of "The American Red Cross Celebrates Real Life Miracles."

The holiday special, with American Red Cross President Elizabeth Dole and performances by Grammy Award-winner Garth Brooks and Grammy Award-winner Trisha Yearwood, will be televised at 8 p.m. (EST/PST) and 7 p.m. (CST), on CBS. Roma Downey, of CBS' "Touched By an Angel," will play host of the special, and Bill Cosby, who was recently a Kennedy Center honoree, is appearing in a special segment.

Comedian Sinbad will join stars Faith Ford of "Maggie Winters," Ken Olin of "L.A. Doctors," Daisy Fuentes of ABC's "America's Funniest Home Videos," actor-director Sammo Hung and Kristoff St. John from "The Young and the Restless," who will make special appearances throughout the telecast. Other celebrity guests will join Dole and the Red Cross heroes in explaining the powerful impact Red Cross has on the lives of people throughout the world each day.

Inspired by the true stories of ordinary people triumphing in the face of extraordinary challenges, "The American Red Cross Celebrates Real Life Miracles" spotlights some of the great moments in the organization's recent history. The program profiles heroic individuals whose lives have been forever changed by their involvement with the American Red Cross.

Source: IRL/IMS