South Padre Island Convention Center
7355 Padre Blvd
South Padre Island, Texas 78597
The American Red Cross will celebrate 100 years of serving the Rio Grande Valley in 2017. For the last century, 365 days a year, the American Red Cross in the South Texas area has been ready to assist those in need during times of emergency in our homes, neighborhoods, and communities. In that time, the Red Cross has also served millions of local people form health and safety instruction, to lifesaving blood collection, support to military members, and connecting families form apart by war or conflict, in addition to disaster response for the more than 1,200 home fires that occur annually in the community.
We are honored that Texas Secretary of State Carlos H. Cascos and State Senator Eddie Lucio Jr. have agreed to serve as Honorary Chairpersons along with Centennial Chairs for Wrapped in Red, a gala dinner and dance to be held at the South Padre Island Convention Center on Saturday, April 29, 2017.
Dave Sanderson is an inspirational survivor, speaker, and author. His thoughts on leadership have made him an internationally sought-out speaker. When US Airways Flight 1549, or “The Miracle on the Hudson,” ditched into the Hudson River on January 15, 2009, Dave Sanderson knew he was exactly where he was supposed to be.
The last passenger off the back of the plane on that fateful day, he was largely responsible for the well-being and safety of others, risking his own life in frigid water to help other passenger off the plane. Despite the hazards to himself, Sanderson thought only of helping others and emerged from the wreckage with a mission to encourage others to do the right thing.
As his first appointment as governor, Greg Abbott nominated Carlos H. Cascos to serve as Texas Secretary of State. He is the 110th Texas Secretary of State. Not new to public service, Secretary Cascos was elected as Cameron County Judge in 2006 and was re-elected in 2010 and again in 2014. Previously, Secretary Cascos served on the Texas Public Safety Commission and as a Cameron County Commissioner from 1991 through 2002.
As county judge, Secretary Cascos served in a number of statewide roles including chairman of the Texas Border Security Council, Vice-chair of the Panama Canal Stakeholder Workgroup, and Vice-chair of the state’s Freight Advising Committee. An active member of his community, Secretary Cascos served as a board member of numerous local civic organizations such as the United Way, Sunrise Rotary Club, Leadership Brownsville, and the Brownsville Economic Development Council.
Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr., a native of Brownsville, began his public service in 1971, becoming Cameron County Treasurer and later Cameron County Commissioner.
Senator Lucio serves as Chair of the Intergovernmental Relations Committee, Vice-Chair of Education Committee, and is a member of the following Senate Committees: Natural Resources & Economic Development, Veteran Affairs & Military Installations, and Subcommittee on Border Security. He is Co-Chair of the Fine Arts Education Caucus and is a member of National Conference of State legislatures Hunger Partnership. In 2003, Senator Lucio was honored by his colleagues when they elected him President Pro Tempore of the Senate for 78th Legislature.