The American Red Cross Mississippi Region was recognized with an inaugural Winn-Dixie Resilience Award for its significant contributions to the recovery and rebuilding of communities along the Gulf Coast over the past 10 years. The organization – along with other Gulf Coast advocates, including individuals, civic leaders, youth, media and Winn-Dixie associates – was commemorated during a private awards ceremony held at the historic Presbytere Museum on Tuesday, August 25, 2015.
“This is a great tribute to all the hard work and dedication of the staff and volunteers who responded to the devastation of Katrina.”, said John McFarland, executive director of the Red Cross Southeast Chapter. “I am extremely proud of the staff and volunteers who worked with the community on the recovery and this is great way to celebrate all the progress we’ve made.”
The Red Cross was honored with a plaque featuring the design of award-winning artist Terrance Osborne, who gained notoriety for his work colorfully depicting the rebirth of New Orleans. In addition to the plaque, a Winn-Dixie gift card was also presented to recipients to assist with their ongoing rebuilding and recovery efforts.
“There are so many amazing individuals and organizations that dedicated the past 10 years to recovery because they are passionate about making the Gulf Coast stronger,” said Joey Medina, Winn-Dixie regional vice president. “The Resilience Awards ceremony allowed us to celebrate the strength of our communities, as well as the courage of the people who rebuilt them, while reflecting on how far the Gulf Coast region has come over the past decade.”