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Miracle on the Hudson survivor Dave Sanderson to visit Oxford to share Red Cross message

OXFORD, Miss., Sept. 10, 2014—Miracle on the Hudson survivor and national Red Cross volunteer Dave Sanderson is set to visit Oxford on October 3 and 4 to help bring awareness of the services provided by the American Red Cross.  Sanderson is scheduled to share his inspiring story of courage and heroism with University of Mississippi students, faculty and general public at the Overby Center on campus beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Friday. He will also serve as featured guest and speaker at a private dinner at the home of Jennie and Jaby Denton later that evening. 

University presentations: Students, faculty and general public are invited to meet Sanderson and hear his inspiring story free of charge at 10:30 a.m. in the Overby Center. Beginning at noon, he is scheduled to speak with two freshmen-year experience classes. The noon class meets in Lewis Hall; the 2 p.m. class meets in Lamar Hall. For more information, contact Candis Couch Varnell, Hospitality Management Lecturer and Internship Director, at 662-915-1848.

Dinner with Sanderson: Chef Jay Hughes and local celebrity sous-chef Senator Lydia Chassaniol will prepare a six-course meal with wine pairings courtesy of Vino Wholesale of Mississippi, LLC, and A & B Distributing. Seating is limited; tickets are $150 each. To reserve a seat, call Jennifer Coleman, American Red Cross Northwest Mississippi Chapter Executive, at 662-236-1282. Additional dinner sponsors include Servpro of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale, Servpro of Jackson and the Department of Nutrition and Hospitality at the University of Mississippi.

On Saturday, Sanderson will attend the eagerly-awaited football game between the University of Mississippi and the University of Alabama in Oxford.            

About David Sanderson: On January 15, 2009, returning home from a routine business trip, Dave Sanderson survived “The Miracle on the Hudson.” When a bird strike hit US Airways Flight 1549, there was no choice for the crew but to ditch the plane into the Hudson River. Sitting on the plane, in what many would consider to be the wrong place and the wrong time, Sanderson knew he was exactly where he was supposed to be. Thinking only of helping others in the crisis, Dave Sanderson became the last person off of the back of the plane that day, and was largely responsible for making sure so many others made it out safely. Exposed to frigid water and freezing temperatures, doctors feared that that he would suffer a heart attack or stroke from the dangerous conditions. Miraculously, he returned to his job as a sales manager that following Monday, and has since become the face of the everyday American hero. An inspiring survivor, Dave Sanderson was an ordinary person in an extraordinary situation. Sharing the lessons of that day with audiences around the country, he shows that in any circumstance, positive thinking and leadership can turn anyone into a hero. Additional details: