On Sunday, June 1, the American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region hosted its annual Community Appreciation Celebration at Grant’s Farm. This annual event honors and recognizes outstanding Red Cross volunteers, donors and community partners.
More than 1,000 people attended this private event, which featured carousel rides, goat feeding, deer park tram rides and a meet and greet with a Clydesdale.
During an award ceremony hosted by Bo Matthews of 92.3 WIL Radio, the Red Cross recognized individuals and organizations for their commitment. It also recognized retiring Chairman of the Board of Directors, Dick Clark.
To view photos from the event, click here.
Blood Ambassador Volunteer Award: Technical Sergeant Demetri Harper
TSgt. Harper has helped collect more than 1,100 pints of blood – potentially saving more than 3,000 lives, in just one year as a coordinator of blood drives at Scott Air Force Base. TSgt. Harper promotes and recruits donors for at least two drives a month.
Contributor Spirit Award: Dot Foods, Inc.
Dot Foods management and employees understand that when disaster strikes, the Red Cross relies on contributions to respond. This year, Dot Foods rallied together to make significant donations for domestic and international relief.
Volunteer Spirit Award: Lutricia West
Lutricia is a lead public awareness volunteer. She orchestrates Red Cross presence at local community events, sharing information about Red Cross services and disaster preparedness.
Community Partner Spirit Award: Rock Community Fire Protection District
Thanks to the Rock Community Fire Protection District, Red Cross services in Jefferson County and surrounding areas continued without interruption after the Jefferson County office closed. Now the Rock Community Fire Protection District provides a location for a Red Cross emergency vehicle and other response equipment.
Exceptional Volunteer Service Award: Vinod Menon
Vinod is the leader of the Saturday Disaster Action Team (DAT). For the last two years, he holds the record for the most volunteer shifts on DAT. In addition, he has deployed on three national operations.
Youth Volunteer Award: Allison Wrage
As president of the new Southern Illinois University Red Cross Club, Allison has brought the mission to campus. In her short time as president, Allison has raised student participation and contributions. Under her leadership, the club offers CPR classes, educates the community on preparedness, distributes emergency kits, recruits blood donors and sells chocolate roses for the international measles initiative.
Clara Barton Award: Jim Woodcock
As chairman of the Red Cross Communications Committee, Jim helped develop a nationally recognized Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign and has brought focus and definition to other major Red Cross initiatives. Jim has helped the Red Cross forge new relationships with local professional sports teams.
Volunteer of the Year Award: Michael Pfeifer
A leadership volunteer, Michael’s commitment to Red Cross International Services allows the region to serve the immigrant and refugee communities without a staff director. Michael helps clients from war-torn countries obtain essential paperwork to return home and helps reconnect refugees with their displaced loved ones.