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Dress Down Day Celebrates Centennial in Cortland

Red Cross Flag

The popular community tradition “Dress Down Day” in Cortland County is extra special this year as the American Red Cross prepares to observe its 100th anniversary. 

The Cortland chapter was chartered in August 1916, and events are being held throughout the area leading up to the Centennial. 

This year’s “Dress Down Day” is scheduled for Friday, May 6. 

Since 2005, the Red Cross of Cortland County has asked residents to show their Red Cross spirit by purchasing a commemorative T-Shirt to wear on a specific day. 

The front of this year’s shirt features a historic design with the words “Serving Cortland County for 100 Years.” The T-Shirts are $10 each, with proceeds supporting Red Cross programs and services. In the past year, the Red Cross in Cortland County responded to 12 disasters assisting 48 clients, collected 3,027 units of blood, trained 1,090 individuals in life-saving skills, provided water safety and swim classes for 100 children, and served 13 active duty and veteran service personnel and their families through the Services to the Armed Forces Program. 

For more information on “Dress Down Day,” as well as other events on the Centennial calendar, call the Red Cross at (607) 753-1182.