St. Louis Red Cross Turns 100!

Buildings Light Red to Mark Centennial Anniversary
Eastern Missouri Red Cross - St Louis Chapter Centennial - Light Up The Skyline - Union Station

Celebrating a century of volunteer service to the region, the St. Louis Red Cross kicked off its Centennial Year on Jan. 23, 2017 by lighting the skyline red. At a 5 p.m. ceremony on the east side of the Civil Courts building, Mayor Francis Slay’s office will presented a proclamation recognizing Red Cross volunteers and 2017 as the St. Louis Red Cross Centennial. Chris Zimmerman, president of the St. Louis Blues, David Peacock, chairman of the St. Louis Sports Commission and former Red Cross board chair and Jim McGrath, Red Cross board chairman and president of AAA Missouri, spoke at the ceremony.

“For 100 years, Red Cross volunteers have delivered our mission, preventing and alleviating suffering during emergencies, in the St. Louis region” said Cindy Erickson, Red Cross CEO. “It’s an honor to be a part of this organization at this historic time.”

Buildings and businesses throughout the area participated by lighting red during the week of January 23rd, 2017, to mark the historic occasion. Among the notable participants were:

Police and Firefighter Memorial Park in St. Louis County, Science Center Planetarium, Union Station, Civil Courts Building, Ameren , Peabody Plaza, Peabody Opera House, Spire, Magnolia Hotel, Three Sixty, City Garden and CenturyLink.

The American Red Cross has supported the St. Louis area at times of greatest need. Any time. Any place. Any one. For 100 years. Since the chapter was chartered in 1917, Red Cross volunteers have helped millions of people affected by local disasters including home fires, floods, tornadoes and seasonal emergencies. From health and safety classes and lifesaving blood collection to support of military families, the Red Cross has made our community safer, stronger and better prepared for the next 100 years.

In 2017 the Red Cross will celebrate its volunteer history every month. We invite the region to join us!