Hometown Heroes Donate Blood

 

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Aloft Cleveland Downtown, the high-rise hotel ascending from the East Bank of the Flats was the venue on Tuesday, April 18 for the Hometown Hero Blood Drive (formerly known as the Bloodsucker’s Ball,) the annual event sponsored by our partners at 98.5 WNCX.

 

Ronald Pitts of Cleveland said he donates as regularly as he can (donors can give whole blood every 56 days.)  “I’m O negative, so they really want my blood.”

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Red Cross blood donor Ronald Pitts of Cleveland

Type O negative blood is known as the universal blood type, because it can be transfused to patients of all blood types.  It is always in great demand and often in short supply.

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Karen Hausler believes that by donating blood regularly, she is not only helping others in need, but also herself.

“I think it rejuvenates the body,” she said.  “I’m 70, and I think it has helped me!”IMG_3760

 

Dave Popovich, Vice President of Programming for CBS Radio in Cleveland, made his annual donation of red blood cells for the Red Cross.

In all, donors contributed 276 pints of blood during the Hometown Hero event.

You can become a “Hometown Hero” by donating blood to the Red Cross.  Download  the Red Cross Blood App to schedule your appointment, or text BLOODAPP to 90999 from you smart phone, or visit redcrossblood.org.  You can also make an appointment by calling 1-800 RED CROSS.

 

 

 

 

 

Coming Up: 2017

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Happy New Year everyone!

2017 has a lot of great events and happenings already lined up, and it’s only January 1st. Let’s look ahead at the coming year.

March is Red Cross Month – March was first proclaimed as Red Cross Month in 1943 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as a way to raise awareness of the organization and its humanitarian mission in the midst of war. Since then, every president, including President Obama, has designated March as Red Cross Month.

This year is particularly special as we will be celebrating 100 years of serving many of our communities!

Acts of Courage (Summit, Portage, and Medina Counties Chapter)- On March 2 we will celebrate the extraordinary and courageous acts of ordinary community members at our 21st annual Acts of Courage event in Summit, Portage, and Medina Counties. The event is the primary fundraiser for the chapter. We will also honor Kevin Thompson of PNC Bank with the H. Peter Burg Award for community service.

If you are interested in obtaining tickets or sponsoring the event, please visit the event page here.

Fire and Ice Ball – The semi-annual Red Cross Ball will take place in Cleveland on March 25th. This year’s theme highlights the importance of fire prevention and safety information that the Red Cross provides to our community. We respond to an average of 3 home fires a night throughout the 22 counties we serve. Proceeds from this event will allow us to continue to educate Northeast Ohio families about fire safety and help us protect local homes through Operation Save-A-Life, our amazing program that installs smoke alarms – for free!

If you are interested in obtaining tickets or sponsoring the event, please visit the event page here.

BASH – Our smash hit event of the spring – the BASH in Stark and Muskingum Lakes is a themed auction to benefit the disaster services in Stark, Harrison, Carroll, and Tuscarawas Counties. For more information on tickets, sponsorship, or donating to the auction, please call the Stark and Muskingum Lakes chapter.

Acts of Courage (Lake to River Chapter) – This summer we will honor individuals whose extraordinary acts of courage make them someone’s hero. Those everyday people who have put themselves in harm’s way or have risked their lives to save another. For more information, please call the Lake to River Chapter or visit our NEO Heroes page.

Festival of Trees – We realized you are probably in the midst of putting away your own holiday decorations, but it’s never to early to start thinking about how you can participate in our annual holiday tradition in Wooster. For more information, call the Lake Erie/Heartland Chapter.

And – of course – we invite you to assist us in providing our services every day of the new year by going to www.redcross.org/neo and clicking on volunteer. It’s amazing to serve the people in our communities and you’ll be so glad you did (plus it may help you tick off one of those pesky New Year’s resolutions!)

Red Cross Cup Returns to Prestigious Canterbury

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You’ll feel like a pro when you join the Red Cross at the legendary Canterbury Golf Club on June 13.

The Red Cross Cup has historically been one of the region’s premiere golf outings.

Canterbury Golf Club is one of only three courses in the United States to host all five rotating men’s major golf championships.

The Red Cross Cup offers golfers not only the chance to play on a great course which is typically reserved for Canterbury members only, but every player will emerge victorious with all of the funds raised going directly to the disaster relief efforts of the Red Cross of Northeast Ohio.

The dual format adopted in 2011 to accommodate both the lower handicapped competitive golfer as well as the casual golfer was well-received by our players. This year’s tournament will again offer both individual and scramble play options.

For the first time at Canterbury, a live scoring app will be available to allow players to enter their scores into their smart phones.  Players will also be able to view their scores at the 2016 Red Cross Cup website.

A pre-tournament breakfast will be offered, as well as a post-play reception, featuring food, drinks and several coveted auction items, including four tickets to a Cavaliers game during the 2016-2017 season.  The winning bidder will also get four pre-game benchwarmer passes, allowing access to the Cavaliers bench before the game, and a unique opportunity to get up close and personal as the players walk on and off the court during the game and as they exit the locker room afterwards.

All Red Cross Cup golfers will receive a gift bag featuring a Bluetooth speaker and a sleeve of golf balls donated by Fox Sports Ohio.

The Red Cross Cup is limited to just 120 golfers, and foursomes sell out quickly. Reserve your spot on the legendary Canterbury Golf Course now! Contact Laurie Klingensmith at laurie.klingensmith@redcross.org or 216-912-4091.

Dining for a Cause

What pairs well with an amazing chef and a beautiful restaurant? Raising money to benefit the mission of the American Red Cross in Ashland, Erie, Holmes, Huron, Lorain, Richland, and Wayne Counties – of course!

On March 11, 86 people attended the Red Tie Affair at Chez Francois in Vermillion. The chef prepared an exclusive five course meal of seasonal favorites, paired with the finest of wines.

The event raised $15,500 for Red Cross services at the Lake Erie/Heartland Chapter.

We would like to say a special thanks to our presenting sponsor, Columbia Gas, as well as our mission sponsor, Nordson Corporation. Other sponsors of the evening include Wickens, PolyOne, Buckeye CableSystem, Pepperidge Farm/ Payne Nickles (shared sponsorship), Bettcher Foundation, and Mercy Health.

For more photos from the event be sure to visit our Facebook page (and like us while you are there!)

Preparedness Day, Tomorrow at Various Locations

In partnership with Dominion East Ohio, we are holding Preparedness Day from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on April 2, 2016, at locations throughout the Northeast Ohio region.

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Stop by and learn the importance of being “Red Cross Ready” in the event of a disaster and pick up a FREE first aid kit (sponsored by Dominion East Ohio)!

Volunteers from the Red Cross and Dominion will be at the following locations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.:

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Extraordinary things happen every day…

Imagine waking up to a blaring smoke alarm.

 Through the bleary haze of your sleep-filled eyes, you begin to realize what is going on.

 Your first thoughts are of others who occupy your home – maybe your spouse, the children, a pet. You think about how to get them to safety. You trace the routes in your head.

 But then an extraordinary thing happens. In the fog of fear and smoke, you hear a neighbor calling out to you.

 “Are you all right? How can I help?”

 In that single act of selflessness, a hero is born.

This March, during national Red Cross Month, the Red Cross of Northeast Ohio will honor the heroes – those ordinary members of our community who acted in extraordinary ways – in two communities.

The Summit, Portage, and Medina Counties Chapter will host the 20th Annual Acts of Courage on Thursday, March 3 at the Akron/Fairlawn Hilton. All through 2015, people were asked to submit their heroes. We will feature the stories of the honorees on this blog following the event. Tickets are available by going to the website: www.redcross.org/acts16

The Greater Cleveland Heroes event will take place on March 11. For information or to order tickets, please visit www.ClevelandHeroes.com, email laurie.klingensmith@redcross.org, or call 216-912-4091.

Stand with Us, Celebrate Red Cross Giving Day

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The American Red Cross is launching its first Giving Day on June 2, asking everyone in Northeast Ohio to make a donation to the Red Cross at to help ensure that help is available wherever and whenever people need it.

Life can change in one day, leaving someone with nothing – without a home, without their belongings, without hope. For so many of these people, the American Red Cross is the answer. We need the public’s support.

Red Cross Giving Day is a 24-hour national fundraising campaign supporting the work of the Red Cross in communities across the country each and every day. The theme of Giving Day is “All In One Day” because the Red Cross is “all in” every day, helping people to get back on their feet.

On June 2nd, we have 24 hours to turn compassion into action. On this one day, please donate to the Red Cross so we can be there to help people in need.

To take part in Giving Day and support the work of the American Red Cross, please visit redcross.org/givingday. All in one day, working together, we can bring help and hope to people when they need it most.

Each day in communities across the country and around the world, the Red Cross comforts disaster victims, supplies blood to patients in need, supports members of the military and teaches people lifesaving skills. Nationally, the Red Cross:

  • Responds nearly 200 times a day to help a family affected by a home fire or other disaster.
  • Provides nearly 5,600 blood transfusions a day to patients in need.
  • Gives 15,500 people a day lifesaving health and safety training.
  • Provides nearly 1,000 services a day to military members, their families and veterans.
  • With the help of partners, gives 308,000 children a day measles or rubella vaccinations.