Next week, the local American Red Cross serving Cameron, Clearfield, Elk and Jefferson counties will kick off its annual First Bash of Summer Carnival, offering area residents the opportunity to enjoy food and fun, all while supporting the organization’s humanitarian work in the local community.
The Red Cross PA Heartland Chapter will host its 8th annual First Bash of Summer Carnival from May 29 through June 1. The event, which will be held at DuBois Memorial Park, will run from 6 to 10 p.m. May 29 through 31 and from 3 to 10 p.m. on June 1.
“Area residents look forward to this event every year,” said Jason Bange, Executive Director of the local Red Cross. “Not only is it a reminder that summer is right around the corner, but the event offers attendees the opportunity to help the local Red Cross provide aid and services to their neighbors in need.”
A group of supporters and volunteers of the Red Cross in DuBois created the Carnival in 2004 to help the local chapter fulfill the mission of the Red Cross. Each year, the carnival attracts area residents with carnival rides, games, great food and live entertainment.
All proceeds from the carnival will benefit local disaster relief. The Red Cross in Western Pennsylvania responds to approximately three disasters each day, providing victims with their immediate disaster-caused needs including food, clothing and shelter. Last year, the PA Heartland Chapter responded to approximately 50 emergencies and provided Red Cross services to nearly 50 families.
For more information on the organization and the First Bash of Summer event, please contact the local Red Cross at 814-371-2750.
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About the American Red Cross Western Pennsylvania Region:
The American Red Cross in Western Pennsylvania serves more than 3.6 million people in 25 counties: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Potter, Somerset, Venango, Warren, Washington and Westmoreland. Locally, the Red Cross provides relief to the victims of approximately 1,000 disasters each year, facilitates vital emergency communications between military members of their loved ones here at home, and trains nearly 118,000 individuals in vital lifesaving skills such as CPR and First Aid. The American Red Cross is not a government agency, nor does it receive funding from its national headquarters except during times of large-scale disasters. It is only through the generosity of the people of Western Pennsylvania that the local Red Cross is able to fulfill its mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies. For more information, please visit RedCross.org or join our blog at RedCrossWPA.wordpress.com.