With the help of JPMorgan Chase, NewsChannel 9 in Syracuse and generous Central New Yorkers, a telethon to benefit the American Red Cross disaster relief efforts in Western New York Monday night raised more than $55,500 with more online donations to be counted.
NewsChannel 9 hosted the telethon during its news broadcasts from 5 to 6:30 p.m. During the 5:30 news, JPMorgan Chase announced a donation of $50,000 to support Buffalo residents as they start their difficult recovery following last week’s devastating lake effect snow storm. The grant will go to the American Red Cross of Western and Central New York Region, which will support the winter storm response and related emergencies.
“The American Red Cross has been working tirelessly to respond to the devastation caused by the recent snow storm in Buffalo,” said David Horan, Western New York Regional Executive for Chase. “We hope our grant helps bring some relief to those affected and let them know we are here to help.”
There are still more than 100 Red Cross volunteers working on the storm relief operation. Since the storm started Tuesday, Nov. 18, the Red Cross has:
• Operated or supported 19 shelters
• Served more than 2,850 meals and snacks
• Distributed 251 comfort kits
• Made hundreds of contacts to help people deal with the emotional response to this disaster.
“Thanks to our generous partners at JPMorgan Chase, the American Red Cross will be able to provide valuable services to Western New York residents whose lives have been turned upside down by this lake effect snow event,” said Rosie Taravella, Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross Western & Central New York Region. “Generous donations like these enable us to offer a safe place to stay, a warm meal, and a shoulder to lean for people who have been or will be displaced from their homes by this disaster.”
Fred Vosburgh, a Senior Vice President and Division Manager of the Northeast Municipal Banking Department for J.P.Morgan, grew up in Syracuse but has lived in Buffalo for more than 20 years. He presented the ceremonial $50,000 check to Taravella during Monday’s telethon.
NewsChannel 9 Vice President and General Manager Theresa Underwood approached the Red Cross late last week with the idea of hosting a telethon. With the help of producer Phil Rankin and the staff at NewsChannel 9, the telethon was organized in a few days the phones were manned by Red Cross volunteers and members of the Central New York Chapter’s Board of Directors.
“I can’t say enough about the way NewsChannel 9 and their viewers, and our volunteers and board members, have rallied to help our friends in Western New York,” Taravella said. “As the focus now shifts from the snowfall to potential flooding, we need that support more than ever so we can be ready to respond to any additional needs for those communities.”
In addition to JPMorgan Chase and NewsChannel 9, the American Red Cross would like to thank Cugini Pizza for providing food for the Red Cross volunteers and delivering it to NewsChannel 9. The Red Cross couldn’t carry out its mission of alleviating human suffering without all of the support it receives from the community.
Photo: Frederick Vosburgh, Division Manager, Northeast Municipal Banking, presents a ceremonial $50,000 check from JPMorgan Chase to American Red Cross Western & Central New York CEO Rosie Taravella during Monday night's "Central New York That Cares" telethon at NewsChannel 9 in Syracuse. Looking on is NewsChannel 9 news anchor Carrie Lazarus. (Photo by American Red Cross volunteer Frank McDowell).
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