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
Watch for ticket sales to begin in January 2017!
Red Cross Stories
If your life has been touched by the American Red Cross of Southern Missouri in any capacity, we invite you to share your memories and photos for the Centennial Celebration. If you have assisted or been assisted by the Red Cross of Southern Missouri during times of disaster or while serving the military, have given or received blood, taught or taken swimming or First Aid classes, or simply donated to the American Red Cross of Southern Missouri are 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 sales producer in every company he worked for and on January 15, 2009, was on a business trip he had made hundreds of times. Like all of us when we travel, especially on business, things are often routine and we take things for granted. Then, out of the blue, something happened that changed what was once routine to a day that changed his life. When a bird-strike hit US Airways Flight 1549, there was no choice for the crew but to ditch the plane into the Hudson River. Sitting on the plane, in what many would consider to be the wrong place at the wrong time, he knew he was exactly where he was supposed to be.
Thinking only of helping others in the crisis, our speaker became the last person off of the back of the plane that day, and was largely responsible for making sure so many others made it out safely. Exposed to frigid water and freezing temperatures, doctors feared that that he would suffer a heart attack or stroke from the dangerous conditions.
Miraculously, he returned to his job that following week and has since become a face of the everyday American Hero. When confronting potential tragedy, he remembered the words of his mother, “If you can’t do it, you must do it,” and he summoned the inner strength to persevere when his own life was put in jeopardy.
In what has become known as "The Miracle on the Hudson," he shares the lessons of that day with audiences around the world and shows how leadership, resourcefulness and managing the mind in a crisis, anyone can step up and overcome their own “personal plane crash.”