Stark County chapter hosts annual BASH

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The stage is set for a rousing military medical drama inspired evening at the 2014 BASH.

Strains of Moonlight Serenade filled the main hangar at the MAPS Air Museum on Saturday, April 12th. Guests adorned in their best scrubs, khakis and Hawaiian shirts milled about perusing over 150 silent auction items.

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Stark County Board Chair, Laura Mann and Chapter Executive, Kim Kroh, welcome guests from the event stage.

The BASH Auction, which pays homage to the 1970s and 80s TV show M*A*S*H, is an annual tradition for the Stark County Chapter of the Red Cross.  Guests come dressed for the evening as characters from the show or just as the world of military doctors and nurses it depicted.

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Tents and military vehicles set the atmosphere for BASH at the entrance to the MAPS Air Museum’s Hangar.

The event, which raised over $78,000 for Red Cross military, disaster and community services in Stark County, is a mix of both silent and live auction items. This year’s event featured a variety of items such as Disney World passes, quilts handmade by the Red Cross sewing group and the chance to adopt a puppy through the Stark County Humane Society.

 

Red Cross, Cleveland Fire and TCP fire safety program at Asia Plaza was a great success!

The Red Cross, along with Cleveland Fire and volunteers from TCP hosted a fire safety program at Asia Plaza in Cleveland on Saturday, April 12. The program provided an educational presentation on smoke alarm battery installation and other fire safety information. Bilingual TCP volunteers offered assistance in both Chinese and English.

TCP continues to be a proud supporter of the Red Cross Operation Save-a-Life program by co-hosting and volunteering for the “Thanks for Giving” fire safety walk located in the Chinese speaking neighborhood near the Greater Cleveland Red Cross Chapter, not far from the Asia Plaza.

Cleveland Fire, TCP Volunteers and Red Cross Volunteers presented Fire Safety Program at Asia Plaza on April 12.

Cleveland Fire, TCP Volunteers and Red Cross Volunteers presented Fire Safety Program at Asia Plaza on April 12.

Volunteers presented fire safety demonstrations including battery installation for smoke detectors.

Volunteers presented fire safety demonstrations including battery installation for smoke detectors.

Bilingual presenters were on hand to speak about fire safety in both Chinese and English at Saturday's event.

Bilingual presenters were on hand to speak about fire safety in both Chinese and English at Saturday’s event.

Safe and Well: Remembering the Boston Marathon 2013

As the day of the 2013 Boston Marathon began, I observed Facebook posts pop-up with happy scenes of runners victoriously running past my sister-in-law’s camera. She had volunteered for a second year to be at a hydration station along the route and had started the day really excited to be a part of something so integral to her adopted city.

Her posts applauded her racer friends, cheering them on through social media. Watching as her photos and posts came through my news feed, back here in Ohio it was just a typical day for me– laundry was folded, children were fed, toys were picked up and re-scattered.

Until the frightening news came through, a bomb had gone off at the marathon.

Our family didn’t have a clear concept of where my sister-in-law had been stationed or what was really going on in Boston. Phone calls would not ring through to her due to lines and circuits being jammed with callers. Two states away, we had no other way to confirm that she was okay.

That was, until one of the most beautiful Facebook posts popped up:

“I am NOT downtown. Praying for my friends and their families.”

And then she shared the link:

Safe and Well Share

The American Red Cross offers the Safe and Well system during a disaster to alleviate anxieties and provide peace of mind to individuals looking for loved ones who may have been affected. In the case of Boston, the Red Cross had 466 registrants who were separated that Monday.

The Safe and Well program information is primarily housed on its website, but as part of the registration process individuals may connect to their Twitter or Facebook page. This will allow the system to send out a select message such as “I’m safe” and a link to the main webpage, www.redcross.org/safeandwell. It can be initiated at Red Cross shelters, when individuals may not have access to the internet.

Safe and Well is also an integral part of Red Cross disaster preparedness/response apps, like the Flood, Tornado, Hurricane and Earthquake Apps. The apps can connect to the individuals Facebook or Twitter accounts to send out a message of safety to loved ones.*

As it turned out, my sister-in-law had been at an early hydration station which had closed. When the bomb went off, she was already at home. But without being able to know this, I am so thankful for social media which allowed her to reach out and communicate to her friends and family across the nation.

Our thoughts are with you today, City of Boston. Standing together you are truly strong.

- Mary, NEO Red Cross Communications

 

 

*The apps are available through the Google Play and Apple App Stores. For more information, visit www.redcross.org/apps

Coffee, Tea, Contacts and Red Cross Services – Oh my!

In celebration of March is Red Cross month, the Lorain County Chapter opened its doors to Lorain County chamber members for the networking event, “Coffee, Tea and Contacts”.  An overflow of local business members attended the event.

Much of the conversation focused on the good works performed by the Red Cross in the community including the Red Cross disaster response (and the partnership with the Animal Protection League that helps four-legged family members during a disaster), Pet First Aid training, the new Pet First Aid App, Babysitting Training Courses.

Lorain County Chapter President, Tony Gallo was also quick to mention to the 40 attendees that the April 5th Red Cross Red Tie Event would be the event of the year (and it was!)

 

Lorain County Chapter Executive, Rita Campbell stands with Lorain County Chamber of Commerce President, Tony Gallo, during the March “Coffee, Tea and Contacts” networking event held at the chapter.

Lorain County Chapter Executive, Rita Campbell stands with Lorain County Chamber of Commerce President, Tony Gallo, during the March “Coffee, Tea and Contacts” networking event held at the chapter.

 

 

Charlotte share’s more photos from D.C.!

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Group Picture with Gail McGovernNortheast Ohio COO, Charlotte Rerko (2nd from left, bottom) is our little social butterfly! Here she is with American Red Cross CEO, Gail McGovern (center, bottom), department COOs and Chapter Executives from across the country during a recent trip to Washington D.C.

You’ll notice in the background are the gorgeous favrile windows crafted by Louis Tiffany for the Board of Governors room at the National Headquarters.

The American Red Cross of Northeast Ohio celebrates National Volunteer Week, April 6 – 12

Thank you.

Thank you to our Disaster Action Team members who rise at random hours to bring hope to those who have experienced a major fire in their home.

Thank you to those who spend time in our chapter offices greeting visitors, answering phone calls and making the Red Cross run a little more smoothly.

Thank you to our volunteers who walk through neighborhoods distributing information about fire safety. To those who drive residents to life saving medical treatments. And those who provide 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families.

To that more than 90% of our workforce who freely offer their time and talents to fulfill our mission in their community, “Thank you”.

Thank you to the more than 90% of our workforce who volunteer their time and talents to fulfill our mission in their community.

Thank you to the more than 90% of our workforce who volunteer their time and talents to fulfill our mission in their community.

What are the odds? A NEO Red Cross International Case.

The services provided by the Red Cross offers hope to so many in our community, in so many different ways.

Recently, a Restoring Family Links (RFL) client in Stark County was searching for his Registration Records. The RFL program, offered through our local chapters, is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. The Movement is present in every country in the world and is supported by millions of volunteers.  As part of a global network, the movement assists individuals who are attempting to find family members who were separated by armed conflict or other situations of violence and disasters. Depending on the circumstance, the program can assist an individual with obtaining records.

The Stark County client filled out all of the necessary paper work with RFL caseworker, Barb. Once his request was processed, his records were sent to the chapter.

When Melissa, the International Affairs Manager, received the documents she attempted to contact the client but a recording stated that the phone had been disconnected.

“I hope his address is current. I will have to send him a letter advising him that his requested paperwork has arrived,” she mused out loud.

“How else will you find this man?” said a Red Cross volunteer working in Melissa’s office.  The volunteer asked for the client’s name.

“Oh my goodness! He lives across the way from my apartment,” she exclaimed when Melissa told her the name.

What are the odds?

The Red Cross volunteer went home that day and told her neighbor, the client, that his documents had come into the office that very day.

“I have been waiting for these papers. Now I can begin to move forward with my life!” he stated.

To learn more about our International Services, visit www.redcross.org/international or contact your local Red Cross Chapter.