Local Red Cross Honors Volunteers and Community Partners

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It is such an honor to take time to recognize our large core of amazing volunteers who help power our humanitarian mission.

On June 27, hundreds of volunteers, their families and friends braved the heat for the American Red Cross St. Louis Area Chapter’s annual Volunteer and Community Partner Recognition Event at Grant’s Farm.

"It is such an honor to take time to recognize our large core of amazing volunteers who help power our humanitarian mission," said Cindy Erickson, Regional CEO of the Red Cross. "We also could not do what we do without our generous community partners."

The evening featured a meet and greet with a Clydesdale, carousel rides, deer park tram rides, baby goat feeding and a buffet dinner.

During the event, the Red Cross recognized individuals and organizations in a variety of areas. Here is a complete list of this year’s winners:

Ann Magnussen Award: Linda Willsey

Blood Drive Volunteer Award: SSgt. Kristen Bolton of Scott Air Force Base

Charles Drew Award: Rev. Dr. James Lacy, First Baptist Church of Creve Coeur

Clara Barton Award: Dan & Dena Stokes

Community Partner Award: Margarita Flores, Anheuser-Busch

Disaster Response Volunteer Award: Jammie Fuller

Volunteer Fundraiser Award: Michael McMillan, St. Louis City License Collector’s Office

Good Neighbor Award: Sheila Harris Wheeler, Crider Health Center

Honorary Services Award: Nancy Bartel

New and Outstanding Volunteer Award: Lynne Badolato

Preparedness and Health and Safety Award: Levering Reynolds

Service to the Armed Forces Award: Tom Darby

Volunteer of the Year Award: Gloria Besterfield

Youth Volunteer Award: Lawrence Yen

Carol Daniel of KMOX Radio served as the evening’s emcee. As a 30-year veteran of broadcasting, she appreciates hard work and dedication. Those are attributes Red Cross volunteers and community partners demonstrate each and every day.

To see all of the photos from the event, please visit our photo album.