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American Red Cross Honors its Top Performers

Identifying a VSAT satellite to use during disasters where the telecommunication infrastructure has been compromised or damaged. Creating a Blood Donor Hall of Fame. Providing I-Touch units for Wounded Warriors suffering traumatic brain injuries. These are among the extraordinary accomplishments of American Red Cross volunteers and employees recognized at an October 27 national awards ceremony.

American Red Cross Chair Bonnie McElveen-Hunter summed up the collective spirit of the 2010 national award winners who have inspired all members of the Red Cross family to dig deeply to help those in need. “We come into this world with nothing and we leave with nothing,” McElveen-Hunter said. “All that remains is what we’ve given away to others.”

National performance awards were bestowed on the year’s top Red Cross volunteer, top nurse and top blood services volunteer. The International Humanitarian Service Award and the Susan Hassmiller Nursing Award were also awarded.

Poignant remarks by this year’s top volunteer, Ross Ogden, who also commemorated his 50th year of service, brought the crowd to their feet. “It’s not the award for which I am most grateful,” Ogden said, “it’s the volunteer experience over the past 50 years.” Ogden has held virtually every Red Cross volunteer position available and has rolled up his sleeves and helped with large jobs and small jobs.

Ogden told the audience about sitting with a cancer patient watching color return to her face following a life-saving blood transfusion. He recalled giving CPR to a heart attack victim—what it was like to sit all night with a young sailor whose wife had committed suicide—and the countless times he helped bring food, shelter, comfort and hope to people who had lost everything in a disaster.

The Presidential Award for Excellence recognized outstanding contributions in cutting costs, generating revenue or fulfilling the Red Cross mission of providing relief to victims of disasters and helping people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. These award winners saved the Red Cross millions of donor dollars, brought in just as many new dollars, fostered innovative partnerships and created programs that serve people in need.

Special recognition went to Judith Ostronic for 55 years of distinguished volunteer service, and to Richard Lyons who discovered a forgotten office used by American Red Cross founder Clara Barton when Barton was tracing missing soldiers from the Civil War.

Read more about 2010 American Red Cross award winners in the National Awards and Recognition Dinner program.

2010 National Performance Awards
  • Harriman Award, Ross H. Ogden, National Chair of Disaster Services.
  • Ann Magnussen Award, Jeanne Spears, RN, Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter.
  • Ronald Warzel, Biomedical Partnership Award, Greater Cleveland Chapter and the Northern Ohio Blood Region.
  • International Humanitarian Service Award, American Red Cross of Greater Chicago.
  • Susan Hassmiller Nursing Award, American Red Cross of Alaska.
2010 Presidential Award for Excellence
  • Martha Allen, Co-chair, Carolina Piedmont Region Tiffany Circle, Union County Chapter
  • Susan Atherton, Chair of the Board of Directors, American Red Cross Bay Area
  • Glen Bradley, IT/Telecomms Volunteer, International Response Operations Center
  • Suzanne Cooper, Workplace Giving Advisor, Corporate Partnerships-Development
  • Steve Costello, Director of Public Affairs, Northern New England Blood Region
  • Asahel Duncan, Senior Associate, Service to the Armed Forces, Operations Support
  • Shawn Gardner, Manager, Hospital Services, Lewis and Clark Blood Region
  • Brian L. Hamil, National Chair, Biomedical Services
  • Pauline Hartnett, Director-Conformance Management, Biomedical Services Quality and Regulatory Affairs
  • Brian Kitchens, Director, National Real Estate, Supply Chain and Real Estate Management
  • Leslie Perkins, Director, Sales and Marketing, Southern California Blood Region
  • Michele Rambaud, Plasma Product Planner, Production Planning, Inventory and Order Management
  • Frank Stearns, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, Philadelphia National Testing Laboratory
  • Sam Tidwell, Chief Executive Officer, Greater Miami and the Keys Chapter
  • Janis Tratnik, Board Member, American Red Cross of Greater Chicago
  • Richard White, Executive Director, Southern Arizona Chapter
  • Jessica Willingham, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, St. Louis Area Chapter
  • Austin G. Young, Assistant Station Manager, Service to the Armed Forces, Landstuhl Station, Germany