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Businesses to “Turn the State Red” in Honor of Red Cross Century

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A century of service is a remarkable milestone that few organizations reach and surpass.

At least 50 businesses and organizations across Colorado will “Turn the State Red” in May in honor of 100 years of American Red Cross service in our state. As part of its Century Celebration in 2014, the Red Cross is encouraging community members to join in the celebration by showing their support in May by hanging banners, turning their lights red, holding fundraisers or encouraging employees to participate in the campaign.
“Recent disasters in our state have underscored the important role of the Red Cross in Colorado as we help residents before, during and after emergencies,” said Gino Greco, CEO of the American Red Cross of Colorado. “A century of service is a remarkable milestone that few organizations reach and surpass, and there are many ways Coloradans can participate in celebrating our century and helping to build the foundation for another 100 years of Red Cross service in Colorado.”

The Red Cross is hoping to get 100 total businesses and organizations involved in the Turn the State Red efforts in May. Here is how businesses can participate:

Turn Your Building Red – Commit to hang a banner, turn your lights red or get your employees to wear red on May 8 (World Red Cross Day). Call Mary Beth Riopel at (303) 607-4788 for details.  You’ll be joining prominent businesses and organizations that have already committed, including CH2M Hill, CBS4 Denver, the Pepsi Center, Grainger, Safeway, Wells Fargo, US Bank, Kaiser Permanente and more (see below for committed partners). 

Sponsor a Training – Teach your employees or members lifesaving skills. Businesses can sponsor a training class for employees or customers by calling 1-800-REDCROSS.

Raise Funds – Help ensure that the Red Cross is here to serve Colorado for another 100 years by organizing a fundraiser. Donate a portion of sales, launch a customer-donation campaign or challenge employees and customers to raise $1,000 to support the Red Cross in Colorado. Visit to find out more.

Advocate and Spread the Word – Log on to for an entire toolkit with Web ads, newsletter articles, social media posts and more to help spread the word about the important work the Red Cross does in our community. Encourage your employees and wear the Red Cross logo or the color red in honor of World Red Cross Day on May 8.

Businesses and Organizations Turning the State Red:
 Brown Palace Hotel
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Ball Corporation
Bellco Credit Union
Brinkman Partners
Central High School (Pueblo)
CH2M Hill
Denver City & County Building
City and County of Colo. Springs
City and County of Fort Collins
City and County of Grand Junction
US Bank (Colo. Springs)
Wells Fargo (Colo. Springs)
Colorado Division of Emergency Management
Daniels Fund
DCP Midstream
Denver D& F Clock Tower
Denver Public Schools
KOOL 105
Kaiser Permanente
Kroenke/Pepsi Center
Latino Chamber of Commerce (Pueblo)
Logan County Commissioners Office
Mile High Advertising
Newmont Mining
Noble Energy
Parker Police Dept.
PCL Construction
Pioneer Natural Resources
QEP Resources
Safeway (several locations)
Sky Sox Stadium (Colo.Springs)
SNS Management
Sports Authority Field
Suncor Energy
Vail Resorts
Whiting Petroleum
Xcel Energy
XTO Energy
The first Red Cross chapter charters were granted to serve Colorado in November 1914.  Over the course of the next century, Red Cross volunteers have provided support during and after every U.S. war; launched programs to teach lifesaving skills; and provided aid during disasters - here in Colorado, across the country and around the world. The American Red Cross of Colorado will be celebrating its Century all year in 2014 through a variety of events and campaigns. Learn more at