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Red Cross Raises Over $92,000 at Annual Heroes Breakfast

Red Cross Raises Over $92,000 at Annual Heroes Breakfast
We are very thankful to have such a strong support system from our partner sponsors and the community for the Heroes Breakfast each year

FRANKLIN, TN — Over 300 local business leaders and guests attended the American Red Cross - Natchez Trace Chapter 5th Annual Heroes Breakfast held at Brentwood Baptist Church on Monday, featuring special guest speaker, James Franklin, Coach of the Music City Bowl Champion Vanderbilt Football Team. Contributions for the 2013 Heroes Breakfast totaled $92,100 to benefit the American Red Cross.

“We are very thankful to have such a strong support system from our partner sponsors and the community for the Heroes Breakfast each year,” said John Mitchell, CEO for the Natchez Trace Chapter. “Coach Franklin has proven that he is a true hero, not only in this community and for the Vanderbilt football team, but also as an advocate for the Red Cross.”

Guests were invited to attend the Heroes Breakfast and to make a contribution to support the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross whether it's responding to a disaster, collecting lifesaving blood, teaching skills that can save a life, or assisting military members and their families. Event sponsors included: Platinum Sponsor - Nissan and Major Sponsors – Williamson Medical Center, Northstar Real Estate Advisors, Mapco/Delek US and Nationwide.

“Everyone understands the need for the Red Cross during a crisis, but we need to help them prepare for disasters now,” said Franklin during his speech.

The Natchez Trace Chapter serves Hickman, Lewis, Maury, Perry and Williamson Counties. Last year their office:

  • Responded to 85 local disasters.
  • Deployed 5 local volunteers to assist with Hurricane Sandy and other National Disaster Relief Operations.
  • Trained over 3,500 community members in lifesaving courses.
  • Delivered over 69 emergency messages on behalf of our military community.
  • About the American Red Cross:

    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.