Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Adams Electric Supports Local Heroes

Adams Electric Cooperative CEO and General Manager Steve Rasmussen (pictured right) presented American Red Cross South Central Pennsylvania Community Volunteer Leader Nikki Shariat and Executive Director Matt Leininger with two checks totaling $10,000 on Monday, July 27, 2015. The money donated is in support of the South Central Red Cross’ Heroes Program, which recognizes local individuals for their heroic and selfless acts performed in either Adams, Franklin, Fulton or York Counties.

“We are pleased to support the American Red Cross and its efforts to recognize those dedicated individuals who go above and beyond in service of those in need,” stated Rasmussen. “The Red Cross and Adams Electric support a mission of improving the lives of those who live in the communities we both serve.”

The generous donation included a matching gift from CoBank, a cooperative bank that operates an annual “Sharing Success” matching donation program with its client electric cooperatives.

Adams Electric will also be working to help reduce the number of fire injuries and fatalities in the area by partnering with the Red Cross in bringing the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign to the local area. Through this joint effort, teams of Red Cross volunteers will canvas communities, installing smoke detectors and delivering fire prevention information to area residents.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Hindu Community Supports Red Cross Relief Effort

The Harrisburg Organization for Hindu Religion and Culture presented a check for $1,453 to the Red Cross to support the earthquake relief effort in Nepal.

“Everyone in our community was watching what was happening to the people of Nepal,” noted Yadu Acharya, Executive Director of the Organization for Hindu Religion and Culture. “When the idea came up to raise money for earthquake relief…we all trusted the Red Cross to make the connection.” 

Pictured - American Red Cross Central Pennsylvania Region Chief Development Officer Barb Taylor (second from left) with l-r: Organization for Hindu Religion and Culture members Madhav Baskota, Yadu Acharya, and Chuda Dahal.

Friday, July 10, 2015

White Rose hosts 5th Annual Golf Tournament

The White Rose Bar & Grill hosted its 5th Annual Golf Tournament in support of The American Red Cross South Central Chapter at the Outdoor Country Club in York on Friday, July 10, 2015. Over 130 golfers took to the links in a best ball scramble format that was played on a perfect summer afternoon. Prior to the start of play, Chapter Board President Patrick Ball thanked the participants for their support of the Red Cross. He also took a moment to recognize White Rose owner and fellow Red Cross board member Tom Sibol for his leadership in the event. Over the course of the past several years, Sibol’s efforts have raised close to $25,000 for the Red Cross.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Red Cross Receives New RAV4 from Bobby Rahal Toyota

The American Red Cross Central Pennsylvania Region received a 2015 Toyota RAV4 from Bobby Rahal Toyota during a special presentation held at the dealership in Mechanicsburg on Tuesday, July 7, 2015. Graciously donated by Bobby Rahal Toyota, the vehicle will now be used as part of the Red Cross’ emergency response operation, which assists thousands of people in the 22 counties served by the Central Pennsylvania Region.

“The Bobby Rahal Automotive Group and owners Pat and Ron Ferris are known for their philanthropic efforts in the community,” stated Red Cross Board Chair Karen Deklinski. “This vehicle is a priceless addition to our fleet and will enable us to better serve our clients in times of need.”

Bobby Rahal Automotive Group President John Rickards was joined by Toyota District Manager Emilio Isidoro-Ortiz in presenting the keys to representatives from the Red Cross. Rickards noted that while the Red Cross might be second responders to a disaster scene behind fire, police and EMS, they are the first responders for the people needing assistance following a disaster.

American Red Cross Central Pennsylvania Regional CEO Ellen Kyzer commented, “Here in Central Pennsylvania, the Red Cross responds to an average of one fire call every day. Over the past year we assisted over 750 families in times of crisis. Thanks to the extreme generosity of Toyota, and specifically the crew at Bobby Rahal Toyota, our ability to reach our clients where they are has been greatly improved.”

Pictured above left to right: American Red Cross Central Pennsylvania Region Chief Development Officer Barb Taylor, Regional CEO Ellen Kyzer, Board Members Bud Bollinger and Angela Leopold, Board Chair Karen Deklinski, Bobby Rahal Automotive Group President John Rickards, and Toyota District Manager Emilio Isidoro-Ortiz.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Red Cross Partners with Penn State for Bleed Blue Campaign

Since 2010, The American Red Cross has partnered with Penn State in offering Bleed Blue, a campaign designed to increase awareness of the constant need for blood and the lives touched by the donations that are collected. Last year alone there were more than 100 Bleed Blue Drives, resulting in over 3,600 units and 525 first time donors.

From August through November, donors are encouraged to attend Bleed Blue Blood Drives that will be held throughout the area. All donors will be entered for a chance to win a pair of tickets to a Penn State home game, which includes special club seating and on-field recognition during the game as a Red Cross Bleed Blue Donor!

The Red Cross Bleed Blue Team (pictured) gathered for an official kick-off event on Tuesday, June 30. Dates and locations of Bleed Blue Drives will be posted once they become available.