Liz Mangham graciously hosted a Jan. 15 reception in her home for South Louisiana members of the Tiffany Circle Society of Women Leaders of the American Red Cross. Joining as co-hosts were Capital Area Tiffany chair Deidra Jackson and member and board chair Karen Eddlemon.
The Tiffany Circle brings women philanthropists together in the work of the American Red Cross. Through their personal investment of $10,000, members follow in the footsteps of a long line of women leaders who have worked collectively in the Red Cross to serve the American people in times of need with disaster assistance, blood collection, safety training and countless community assistance services.
The name Tiffany and the amount these women contribute have historical precedence. The name honors the Tiffany windows installed in the Board of Governors Hall at Red Cross National Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Two women’s organizations in the early 1900s, one from the south and one from the north, commissioned the windows at a cost of $10,000.
Mangham’s home was the perfect setting for the gathering. A roaring fire greeted guests as they arrived on the damp and chilling evening; a lovely arrangement of white lilies adorned the dining table. Guests enjoyed an artful array of treats including smoked duck empanadas from Mestizo’s. Highlighting the menu was Eddlemon’s delicious butternut squash soup (prepared as she wore her faux-mink apron), along with a fabulous array of cheeses and other finger food.
Kay W. Wilkins, a Tiffany Circle member and CEO of the South Louisiana Region of the American Red Cross, shared stories of how Tiffany Circle members help save lives and strengthen communities in South Louisiana. Through members’ charitable giving, Red Cross volunteers are able to respond every day to help families in need after house and apartment fires and other disasters.
Wilkins’ inspirational comments were followed by remarks from special guest Sharon Stanley, the chief nurse for the American Red Cross who is based in Washington, D.C. Stanley, who was visiting with Red Cross volunteer nurses in Louisiana, spoke about how women have a special place in Red Cross history, as well as its future. She encouraged guests who have not yet become Tiffany Circle members to consider joining the group of active advocates and contributors to the work of the Red Cross.
The final highlight of the evening occurred when Jackson, the Capital Area Tiffany Circle chair, and Eddlemon, the Tiffany member and board chair for the Capital Area chapter, presented guests with Red Cross gift bags and, quite suitably for the weather, Red Cross umbrellas.
Tiffany Circle members are invited to participate in the 2013 National Tiffany Circle Summit. Members from throughout the nation convene in Washington, D.C., on May 17 and 18 for an inspirational Tiffany Circle Summit. This year’s summit is at the Mandarin Hotel. Highlights of the two-day gathering include private Tiffany events at exclusive Washington, D.C., locations, nationally renowned guest speakers, and a presentation of Tiffany & Co. commemorative bracelets and charms in front of the historically significant Tiffany windows.
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