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Red Cross Raises over $117,000 at Inaugural Heroes Luncheon

We are grateful to have the overwhelming support of the community for our humanitarian mission.

The Heart of Tennessee Chapter hosted their Inaugural Heroes Luncheon on Wednesday, February 6th at the Doubletree Hotel. The event honored Bob Mifflin, Executive Director of The Christy-Houston Foundation, as the Red Cross “Hero of the Year” and featured Sports Talk Radio Host, George Plaster, as the guest speaker.

“We are grateful to have the overwhelming support of the community for our humanitarian mission,” said Chapter Executive, Mike Cowles. “The donor dollars that were raised today will be reinvested in our community and will ensure that anyone who is affected by disaster will receive the compassionate care that the Red Cross provides.”

Attendees and sponsors from today’s luncheon raised over $117,000 in donations and pledges. These funds will help support the five lines of Red Cross service: Disaster Services, Services to the Armed Forces, International Services, Preparedness Health & Safety Services and Blood Services. The American Red Cross exists to provide compassionate care to those in need. A network of generous donors, volunteers and employees share their mission of preventing and relieving suffering.

“The Red Cross touches families in so many positive ways and this wonderful support from our community is a real tribute to the great job our volunteers and staff are doing,” said Board Chair, Lisa Trail. “We are here to serve.”

This year’s sponsors included: Middle Tennessee Medical Center, Murfreesboro Medical Clinic, Ascend Federal Credit Union, Bell Jewelers, Wilson Bank, Special Touch Disaster Restoration, State Farm – Andy Womack, Kious, Rodgers, Barger, Holder & Kious, PLLC, Redstone, Shacklett’s Photography, Pinnacle Financial Partners, City Café, Black Box, Boys & Clubs of Rutherford County and Off the Fence Emmaus Group.

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 or join our blog at