The American Red Cross owes its thanks to many individuals and organizations. Through the hard work and dedication of our volunteers, the support of our partners, and the generosity of our donors, the Red Cross touches one in ten members of our community every year.
Last night the Triangle Chapter of the American Red Cross hosted its Annual Meeting, to reflect on our accomplishments over the past year as well as to honor and recognize partners and supporters who go above and beyond for the Red Cross.
Triangle Board Chair, Elizabeth Johnson, recognized Lenovo as the 2014 Corporate Partner of the Year. Over the past decade Lenovo has supported the Red Cross by hosting regular blood drives, providing computer equipment during disasters, as well as contributing cash donations. Karen Ondrick, Chief Connector for Lenovo North America was present to accept the award.
The Red Cross also recognized Catholic Charities for their unwavering dedication to the mission of the Red Cross. Catholic Charities has been instrumental in aiding the Red Cross during disasters by offering spiritual and mental health support, in addition to providing assistance in disaster recovery. Catholic Charities is a key partner for the Red Cross in the Triangle.
Humanitarian of the Year was awarded to Bill Hamlin. A long-time supporter and former Board Chair and for the Triangle Red Cross, Mr. Hamlin is has not only put his heart and treasure into our community daily – supporting many community organizations, including the Red Cross. Mr. Hamlin was also presented a portrait of his late wife, Christine, by world renowned painter, Craig Bone.
Additionally, we recognized our 2014 Poe Heritage Award, Dorothy Demby Page. Recipients of this honor have had a great and profound impact on the Red Cross and the delivery of its mission. This year the Poe Heritage Award goes to Dorothy Demby Page for her 35 years of support to the Red Cross. Ms. Demby Page was responsible for the first ever high school blood drive back in 1979 at Sanderson High School, where she was a teacher. Since then her continued service and commitment to the Red Cross have been greatly felt by all who work with her.
Again, we want to thank all of our partners, donors and volunteers for your dedication to the Red Cross and our mission! We could not do what we do without you.
By: Jaime Lisk, Public Affairs Volunteer