Celebration begins in March as part of Red Cross Month
PROVIDENCE, RI., (February 16, 2016) — The American Red Cross, Rhode Island Chapter is celebrating 100 years of service to the Rhode Island community. The celebration begins March 1 as part of Red Cross Month and will continue throughout the year. The Centennial Celebration will culminate in a special event on September 17, 2016 at the Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, 100 years after the formation of the Rhode Island Chapter in Newport in September 1916.
On March 1, 2016 the Red Cross will kick off the Centennial Celebration at the Rhode Island State House with a special proclamation, and the State House dome will be illuminated with red colored lights in honor of Red Cross Month and the Centennial Celebration.
“The Red Cross has been an integral part of the Rhode Island community for 100 years, helping prevent and relieve suffering in a myriad of services” said Nick Cicchitelli, Rhode Island Red Cross Board member. “We are honored to begin the Rhode Island Chapter’s Centennial Celebration on March 1, and are excited to celebrate with the community throughout the remainder of 2016.”
In addition, the Red Cross will unveil the Rhode Island Chapter’s 100 Years of Service traveling exhibit. The exhibit, designed by students at Roger Williams University as part of a class assignment, features many historical pieces, highlights and changes to the organization over the last century. The exhibit will remain at the Rhode Island State House for two weeks before moving on to a brand new location in Rhode Island. For more information on the Red Cross Rhode Island Centennial Celebration visit redcross.org/ri.
March has been recognized as Red Cross Month for more than 70 years. All of our presidents, including President Barack Obama, have designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the American Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world.
People can find more information about supporting the Red Cross on redcross.org/donate. The Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on donations of time, money and blood to do its work. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs.
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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.