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Cape Cod Chapter Holds Commemorative Ceremony and 100th Birthday Bash

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...the locals support the Red Cross because they know the value it brings to this unique community.

As the centennial celebration continues for the Cape, Islands and Southeast Massachusetts Chapter of the Red Cross, it hosted a birthday bash at the Hyannis Chapter House on July 11.

Fire departments from Barnstable, West Barnstable, Hyannis, Harwich and Yarmouth brought trucks and representatives to show their support for the Red Cross along with the Massachusetts State Police brush breaker “Smokey the Bear”, while a Mobile Blood Donation vehicle stood by the accept donations from party goers. There was a tent featuring information about the Chapter and ways to give including purchasing a Centennial Print created especially for the Chapter by local artist and Red Cross supporter Elizabeth Mumford, plus plenty of kids’ activities including a Red Cross disaster preparedness activity book.

Ice Cream parlor Four Seas created a special ice cream flavor to celebrate the Centennial and was on hand to offer samples to party goers. “Red Cross Raspberry” is a raspberry ice cream with white chocolate chips, to represent the Red Cross colors. It will be available all season at the Centerville parlor, and Four Seas will host a donation canister at its Centerville location that all donations will go towards the chapter’s $100,000 fundraising goal.

At noon time the formal program commenced with Executive Director of the Chapter Hilary Greene leading the ceremony. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Chapter Board Member General Anthony Schiavi.

Ralph Boyd, CEO of the American Red Cross of Massachusetts spoke about the Chapter’s growth and success over the last 100 years, noting some interesting milestones for the organization like its role before and during World War I, its support for troops serving in the Korean War and its more recent support of large scale disasters like Hurricane Katrina. 

“This Chapter is unique because the community is unique. The locals here live here because they love it and they support the Red Cross because they know the value it brings to this unique community,” said Boyd.

Rep. William Keating spoke to the crowd and brought with him a page from the Congressional Record in recognition of the chapter’s centennial. He noted that the Red Cross is often overlooked because they are just expected to be there. He encouraged people to continue supporting the mission.  

Massachusetts State Rep. Brian Mannal also spoke and brought a citation from the Massachusetts State Legislature congratulating the Chapter on its important milestone. 

The Miss Ida Taylor Century Partner, Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank, sent representative and Chapter Board member Andrew Fossto talk about why the bank supports the mission of the Red Cross and their shared relationship and appreciation for Ida Taylor, a long time Cape Cod 5 executive and a founding member of the Red Cross on Cape Cod. 

Greene then presented the time capsule to be sealed and vaulted and opened again in 50 years. The capsule, which contains a photo album of articles and photos throughout the century, disaster equipment and other keepsakes, was formerly a deep ocean sphere used by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to survey the ocean floor. Engraving on the time capsule was done by The Glass Studio of Cape Cod. Supporters can have their name engraved for a donation if they wish.

The ceremony ended with guests and VIP standing together to create a human “100” with a picture taken from above that will be included in the Capsule. 

“With volunteers and donations of money, time and treasure, we expect to be doing what we’re doing for a very long time,” Greene said.

For more pictures of Saturday's Centennial Celebration, please click this link.