Join Us As We Celebrate a Century of Service

  • Southern Nevada - Century of Service

Join Us As We Celebrate Our Centennial Celebration

In June of 1917, the Red Cross came to life in Southern Nevada through the volunteer efforts of a small group of women who knitted sweaters, socks, caps and rolled bandages to help those in need. Since then, Red Cross volunteers from Southern Nevada have touched the lives of countless people down the street, across the country, and around the world.

Join us as we celebrate the legacy of these original visionaries, honor the contribution of local Red Cross volunteers, and ensure that the Red Cross can continue to deliver needed services in Southern Nevada for the next 100 years.

The Red Cross of Southern Nevada will be commemorating the many past and present contributions of the Red Cross and its volunteers through a series of community events.

Join the Red Cross Mission here in Southern Nevada and become a 100 for the Next 100 Member. We are looking for 100 people to make a $5,000 donation that will help ensure the Red Cross is able to continue to serve our community for the next 100 Years. Contact our Executive Director, Scott Emerson, at scott.emerson@redcross.org to make your donation, today!

When and Where

  • Fire Hurts...Red Cross Helps Campaign Launch
    March 7, 2017 starting at 10:30am
    Henderson Fire Training Center

  • T-Mobile Arena Blood Drive
    Monday, February 27, 2017
    T-Mobile Arena
    Sign up at redcrossblood.org

100 For the Next 100 Members

  • Clark and Anne Dumont
  • Scott Ramer & John Saksa
  • Mr. and Mrs. Rod and Vicki Kallman
  • Saville & Katie Kellner
  • Scott Emerson & John Williams
  • John Guedry
  • Tyler Corder

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History

Southern Nevada - Century of Service

1917

A small group of women gathered to knit sweaters, socks and caps for the military during WWI. The volunteers applied to be a recognized chapter of the American National Red Cross and on June 14, 1917, the Clark County Chapter was officially chartered.


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1929

Boulder Dam construction begins and the Red Cross supports arriving families seeking work on the dam. Red Cross provides food, shelter and even buys gasoline.


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1940

Las Vegas Air Base opens. Red Cross beings major efforts to support the base. Red Cross also provided temporary sleeping facilities to handle the influx of soldiers on the weekend.

Basic Magnesium plant is constructed, along with a new town called Henderson, expanding the population and increasing demand for Red Cross services.


Southern Nevada - Century of Service

1944

Las Vegas City Council gives Red Cross use of land at the rear of post office and City Park, thus establishing the first Red Cross building.


Southern Nevada - Century of Service

1948

Junior Red Cross members join together to support military families by packaging care items.


Southern Nevada - Century of Service

1949

Red Cross provided swim lessons at the Flamingo hotel.


Southern Nevada - Century of Service

1950

Las Vegas chapter is designated by Department of Defense as official agency for giving blood.


Southern Nevada - Century of Service

1951

Preparedness becomes a major focus of the chapter as atomic bomb testing begins at the Nevada Test Site.


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1956

Red Cross teaches learn to swim classes in the Las Vegas Wash.


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1960

Swim classes continue at Las Vegas Strip properties and Las Vegas Beach.


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1967

Senator Floyd Lamb is elected Chairman of the Las Vegas Chapter.


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1970

Red Cross continues increased support of the military due to the ongoing Vietnam War.


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1980

Red Cross supports victims of November 21 MGM Hotel fire.


Southern Nevada - Century of Service

1988

A blast at the Pepcon plant in Henderson rocked the community and was felt for miles. Thousands of homes were affected or destroyed with Red Cross providing assistance.


Southern Nevada - Century of Service

1999

Thunderstorms caused flash flooding in July. Red Cross aids dozens of families affected.


Southern Nevada - Century of Service

2001

Local chapter rallies to support September 11 events with staff deployments to aid relief and fundraising efforts across the community.


Southern Nevada - Century of Service

2008

Red Cross assists guests after Monte Carlo Hotel catches fire forcing evacuation of entire facility.

Relief services provided to first responders, investigators and families affected after a small plane crashed into a North Las Vegas neighborhood, killing 3 people.


Southern Nevada - Century of Service

2011

Red Cross presents “Gabrielle Giffords honorary Save-A-Life Saturday” with U.S. Representatives Burkley, Heck and Heller; teaching lifesaving skill of CPR.


Southern Nevada - Century of Service

2013

State of Emergency is issued in response to Carpenter 1 fire on Mt. Charleston. Red Cross assists families evacuated and support first responders.


Southern Nevada - Century of Service

2014

Flash mob hits Freemont Street to highlight the importance of knowing CPR.


Southern Nevada - Century of Service

2015

Red Cross begins installing free smoke alarms to reduce the number of deaths and injuries related to home fires.


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2016

Blood collections continue in southern Nevada with the Red Cross servicing 10 of the 14 area hospitals.