Governor John Hickenlooper has declared March “American Red Cross Month” in Colorado. In celebration of Red Cross Month, local businesses are hosting fundraisers to benefit Red Cross Disaster Relief and local Red Cross chapters are recognizing the state’s everyday heroes.
“Everyday heroes help those in need across Colorado” said Gino Greco, CEO of the American Red Cross of Colorado. “They are our volunteers, people who take our classes or those who make a financial contribution to help us help others. During Red Cross Month we thank them for their support.”
Every March, communities celebrate Red Cross Month. March was first proclaimed Red Cross Month in 1943 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Since then, President Obama and every other president have designated March as Red Cross Month. The Red Cross is encouraging businesses, organizations and the public to join in the celebration this year by showing their support throughout March.
A score of businesses throughout Colorado have already committed to conduct fundraisers on behalf of the Red Cross in March. The following businesses will be supporting the Red Cross by donating a portion of their sales during the month to support Red Cross disaster relief:
• Anheuser Busch Tasting Room – Fort Collins
• Asti d’Italia - Westminster
• Bruno’s Italian Bistro - Denver
• Colore Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria - Englewood
• Gateaux Bakery - Denver
• Katie Mullens - Denver
• Pizzeria Locale - Denver
• Rheinlander Bakery - Arvada
• Breckenridge Ale House - Breckenridge
• Breckenridge Brewery and Pub – Grand Junction
• Ale House at Amato’s - Denver
• Breckenridge Colorado Craft - Denver
• Mainline Alehouse – Fort Collins
• Phantom Canyon Brewing Company – Colorado Springs
• Session Kitchen - Denver
• The Cherry Cricket - Denver
• Wynkoop Brewing Company - Denver
• The Sheraton Denver - Denver
• TAG | Continental Social Food - Denver
For more details on the fundraisers, click here.
The Red Cross Mile High Chapter is kicking off Red Cross Month by honoring five local heroes at the 2015 Red Cross Heroes Soiree this evening. The heroes include:
• A teenager who performed CPR on a driver injured in a fatal accident
• An Arvada family who saved the life of their neighbor
• A Buckley Air Force medic who provided lifesaving care to more than two dozen critically injured service members in Afghanistan
• A Principal’s Assistant who played an essential role in the immediate aftermath and long-term recovery of Jamestown following the 2013 floods
• The founder of a Wheat Ridge-based nonprofit who has distributed more than $60 million worth of household goods, food and clothing to people in need.
Media interested in covering the heroes’ stories should contact Patricia Billinger at 303-880-4012.
Red Cross events honoring local heroes are also taking place in Pueblo, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins and Grand Junction Feb. 26 through early June. Find out more at redcross.org/colorado.