On Wednesday, October 9th, the Clara Barton Society of the American Red Cross of the Greater Lehigh Valley celebrated its 10-year anniversary at the Hotel Bethlehem.
Approximately 85 society members and honored guests enjoyed an interactive reenactment of Clara Barton’s life. Award-winning actress Mary Ann Jung dramatically related the obstacles Barton overcame to become a teacher, work for the Federal Government as its’ first female employee, become a battlefield nurse, and establish an American Red Cross at a time when women were expected to get married, have children, and stay home.
“We are honored and privileged to be able to learn about the Red Cross from Clara Barton herself,” said Clara Barton Society co-chair Dennis Urban.
Urban said that the ambassador cabinet is working toward increasing membership of the Clara Barton Society, and believes a special donation may help the society reach that goal. This year, a $35,000 challenge grant was given through an anonymous donor that will match increased giving dollar for dollar. That $35,000, Urban said, was designated toward increased membership within the Clara Barton Society. “This is an exciting year for the Clara Barton Society,” Urban said. “We have already increased membership with 10 new members.”
The Clara Barton Society is comprised of individuals who have made a personal commitment toward the betterment of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chapter through an outright gift or a gift through their estate plans.
Learn more about becoming a member of the Clara Barton Society.