You are using an outdated browser. Please upgrade your browser to improve your experience.

Red Cross on Long Island Honors Ex-POWs and National Grid

Red Cross on Long Island Honors Ex-POWs and National Grid.
"National Grid employees work side by side with the Red Cross to support programs to build stronger and more resilient communities..."

The American Red Cross on Long Island will honor National Grid’s Power to Serve Employee Volunteer Program with the prestigious Community Commitment Award at the annual Red and White Dinner Dance on Thursday, June 9, 2016.

National Grid has been an important supporter and partner to the American Red Cross since Hurricane Irene in 2011, when they provided critical funds for relief efforts after the devastating storm and also worked alongside the organization to help with the recovery and rebuilding process. In addition, John Bruckner, Senior Vice President of US Electric Operations for National Grid serves as a member of the American Red Cross Long Island Board of Directors.

“National Grid employees work side by side with the Red Cross to support programs to build stronger and more resilient communities, including the Home Fire Safety campaign and Holiday Mail for Heroes. Their support has changed lives and provided hope when it’s needed most here in Long Island and across the country. We are so proud to recognize their efforts and our partnership,” said Elizabeth Barker, Interim CEO of the American Red Cross on Long Island.

Accepting the award for National Grid will be Kenneth Daly, President for New York Operations for National Grid and John Bruckner, Senior Vice President, Operations and Engineering, National Grid.

“National Grid and the American Red Cross on Long Island have a special partnership,” said Ken Daly, President, National Grid New York. “Together, we work in the local communities to help protect lives. We not only work hand-in-hand during emergencies and in times of need, but also every day by promoting and educating Long Islanders about safety. On top of that, our Power to Serve program contributes to communities through our active employee volunteers.”

In addition, the American Red Cross will also present a special recognition to the members of the American Ex-Prisoners of War on Long Island in a tribute to the original line of service on which the Red Cross was founded 135 years ago. The service men who make up the American Ex-Prisoners of War fought during World War II and were held captive in Europe until 1944 and 1945. Many credit food rations they received from the Red Cross as vital to their survival. Honorees are: Joe Abbondondelo, Ben Chrzanoski, Steve Kirtyan, Joseph Manoni, and Bernie Rader.

“The American Red Cross was founded on the battlefield, providing support to wounded soldiers. It is our honor to recognize the bravery and service of the American Ex-Prisoners of War on Long Island. They are truly members of the greatest generation and serve as an inspiration to all of us,” said Elizabeth Barker.

Through its Service to the Armed Forces program, the American Red Cross serves as the 24/7-communication link to deployed military members; it provides pre- and post-deployment support; and works on an on going basis with veterans.

Over the last year the American Red Cross on Long Island has responded to more than 200 local disasters helping over 1000 residents. The annual dinner dance raises critical funds to support the Red Cross lines of service. The event will be held at Carlyle on the Green in Farmingdale, New York from 6-9pm.

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/li or visit us on Twitter at @LIRedCross.