Join Us For A Year-Long CelebrationCelebrate with us throughout 2017 at these community events.
January 19: Preview Party, Minneapolis
The beginning of our centennial year will feature activities, presentations, and speakers for honoring our past and preparing the future.
March: Red Cross Month
Join us by donating blood, giving money, and sharing your Red Cross stories.
March: Celebrating a Century of Corporate and Foundation Giving
This breakfast event recognizes corporate and foundation partners who support Red Cross services.
April – June: Celebrating a Century of Volunteer Service
Volunteer recognition events will be held across our region, including celebrations in Duluth, Mankato, Rochester, St. Cloud, and the Twin Cities.
June: Honoring Those Who Serve Blood Drive
This summer blood drive will feature entertainment, food, giveaways, and Red Cross Blood Services historical items.
July 22: Run for the Red
In celebration of our centennial, we hope to have 1,000 people Run for the Red, an annual charity run and walk featuring food, entertainment, and activities for kids.
August 24 – September 4: Minnesota State Fair
During the Great Minnesota Get Together, we will host daily blood drives, and take part in the annual Military Appreciation Day and Governor’s Fire Prevention Day.
September: National Preparedness Month October: Fire Prevention Month
September: help us raise awareness about the emergency preparedness. October: take part in nationwide campaign to install thousands of smoke alarms during a one-week period.
October: Clara Harlowe Barton Humanitarian Service Women’s Luncheon
Inspired by Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross more than 130 years ago, this event celebrates women who helped lead the organization from its early inception to today.
November: Service to the Armed Forces Appreciation
Across the state, the Red Cross will participate in events honoring our military veterans. Holiday Mail for Heroes card signings will be held throughout the month with a goal of producing and distributing 12,000 cards.
December: Holiday Blood Drive
Help boost the blood supply before the holidays during the 12 Hours of Giving Holiday Blood Drive, the longest one-day blood drive in Minnesota.