The weather cooperated with the American Red Cross as the 7th gathering of Everyday Angels took place on May 23 at the Welch Allyn Room at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park.
Nearly 150 Everyday Angels – all of them either a long-standing volunteer or a donor of either their treasure or their blood – toured the zoo for free from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Fortunately, the rain fell after the tours were completed and the reception started inside.
After opening comments from Regional CEO Rosie Taravella, the star of the show appeared as a zoo educator brought out Abby, a Virginia Possum. As a baby, Abby’s mother was killed by a car. The driver of the car found Abby and brought her to an animal rescue facility. Once Abby was old enough, she came to her new home at the zoo. Within minutes, Abby had all eyes upon her.
At the end of the reception, the Red Cross thanked the members of the Regional Planned Giving Committee. These volunteers, experts in estate planning and management, investments, and wills and trusts, have since 2009 assisted more than 50 forward-looking donors in leaving a Legacy of Giving with the American Red Cross. To date, more than $5 million has been raised by these talented people.
Each Angel left the event with memories of their day at zoo and posies they could plant in their gardens. The Red Cross thanks all of its Angels and looks forward to seeing them at next year’s event.