Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Ramada Plaza Hotel
Oasis Convention Center
2546 N Glenstone Ave
Springfield, MO 65803
Join us for a special event with special guest Dave Sanderson.
6 p.m. - Social Hour followed by 6:30 p.m. - Dinner and Program
Red Cross Stories
If your life has been touched by the American Red Cross of Southern Missouri or a Hero in any capacity, we invite you to share your memories and photos for the Centennial Celebration. Anyone who has assisted or been assisted by the Red Cross of Southern Missouri during times of disaster or while serving the military, has given or received blood, taught or taken a swim or First Aid class, or simply donated to the American Red Cross of Southern Missouri is considered a part of the Red Cross family.
Submit your memories, stories, and photos.
The Red Cross will select one story a month to be featured in a short video and shared with the community. Those whose stories are selected will receive a Red Cross of Southern Missouri 100 year commemorative T-shirt.
Dave was a top producer in every company he worked for during his sales career. On January 15, 2009, he was on a business trip that he had made hundreds of times. Like all of us when we travel, especially on business, things are often routine and taken for granted. However, this day was different and became one that changed the lives of many when a bird-strike hit US Airways Flight 1549. There was no choice for the pilot but to land the plane into the Hudson River. Sitting on the plane, in what many would consider to be the wrong place at the wrong time, Dave knew he was exactly where he was supposed to be on that day.
Thinking only of helping others in the crisis, Dave was the last person off of the plane that day and largely responsible for making sure so many others made it out safely. Exposed to frigid water and freezing temperatures, doctors feared that he would suffer a heart attack or stroke from the dangerous conditions. Miraculously, though, he returned to his job the following week and is now recognized as an everyday American Hero. When confronting potential tragedy, he remembered the words of his mother, "If you can't do it, you must do it." He summoned his inner strength to persevere when his own life was put in jeopardy.
In what has become known as "The Miracle on the Hudson," Dave shares his lessons of that day with audiences around the world and explains how leadership, resourcefulness and managing the mind in a crisis can allow anyone to step up and overcome his or her own "personal plane crash."