Bob Merrick welcomed leaders and philanthropists from New Orleans and Baton Rouge to join Red Cross Tiffany Circle Society members in learning about the lifesaving mission of the Red Cross at an exclusive “Cocktails & CPR” reception at his home in New Orleans. Guests learned the importance of knowing how to save a life in a Red Cross CPR demonstration while networking and socializing.
Merrick, a long time, top supporter of the American Red Cross South Louisiana Region, welcomed the group and gave everyone a brief history of the organization and its purpose. He told guests about his belief in the mission by saying, “Until you’ve seen the faces of a mother and children who have lost everything they own and have no home because of a disaster, that’s when you appreciate and understand the Red Cross and what they do.”
The American Red Cross Tiffany Circle Society of Women Leaders is a powerful leadership network of women who donate $10,000 annually to support their local chapters. By investing annually in their local Red Cross chapters, these women follow in the footsteps of a long line of women leaders who have helped the Red Cross serve the American public in times of war and peace through disaster response, safety training and countless other community services.
American Red Cross South Louisiana Regional CEO, Kay W. Wilkins, spoke at the event about her goals for the Red Cross and the Tiffany Circle. “The Red Cross is all about the power of community, it’s about volunteers working shoulder-to-shoulder with people serving something larger than themselves,” Wilkins said.
Kacie Kelly, South Louisiana Tiffany Circle chair spoke about how the Tiffany Circle makes a difference to neighbors in our local communities after a local fire, flood or tornado and how the compassion of women “…exists solely to support the mission of the Red Cross.” ”This local, strong and caring network of women is composed of 22 members who make a tremendous impact on our outreach in South Louisiana,” said Kacie Kelly.
Volunteers from the event demonstrated CPR techniques under the mentorship of certified Red Cross CPR instructor, Jodie Tolliver. Guests learned chest compressions to the beat of “Staying Alive” by the Bee Gees.
Dan Bode, who once helped save a life commented, “In situations where seconds count, it is very gratifying to know that the CPR training that I received prepared me to help save.”
The South Louisiana Region Tiffany Circle Society is one of the most active Tiffany Circle groups in the nation. The society is named for the beautiful Tiffany windows in the Board of Governors Hall at Red Cross national headquarters in Washington, D.C. These windows, produced by the Tiffany Studios, were commissioned by Red Cross President Mabel Boardman in 1917.
About the Tiffany Circle:
The Tiffany Circle is a society of women leaders and philanthropists. By investing $10,000 annually in their local American Red Cross chapters, these women follow in the footsteps of a long line of women leaders who have helped the Red Cross serve the American public in times of war and peace with disaster assistance, blood collection, safety training and countless other community assistance services. For more information about joining, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.