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Red Cross of the Greater Lehigh Valley Honors Those Who Give

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From left: Peter Brown, Executive Director; Pamela Deller and Michael O’Rourke, co-chairs

Heroes for the American Red Cross is a grassroots campaign where local business people, school groups, church groups, civic clubs, and individuals pledge to raise $1,000 for their local Red Cross chapter. Money raised from this campaign supports Red Cross disaster relief services, first aid and CPR training, disaster preparedness information and services to our Armed Forces.

The American Red Cross of the Greater Lehigh Valley wishes to thank and recognize our generous "Heroes for the American Red Cross" chairs, captains, sponsors, and participants.

For the 2015 campaign, local publishers for the Lehigh Valley Pamela Deller (Lehigh Valley Style) and Michael O’Rourke (Lehigh Valley Business) stepped up to chair this highly successful campaign. Both were in charge of recruiting team captains, motivating individuals and guiding the fundraising process as it unfolded. Working tirelessly as a team, Deller and O’Rourke rallied local Lehigh Valley businesses to help the Red Cross reach everyone in the community.

Andrea Weismiller, of Joshi Hotel Group, did a fabulous job recruiting the managers at their local hotels to work together as a team to raise money for the Red Cross. Under her guidance, Staybridge Suites, Allentown Comfort Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, and TownePlace Suites by Marriott collectively raised money through a variety of ways for a good cause. Jean days, candy sales, and drives all helped them reach their goals!

The campaign ended with a luncheon on July 8th that recognized and thanked those individuals who came together as team to become Red Cross Heroes. Companies and individuals were honored with Certificates of Appreciation from the Greater Lehigh Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross. Shown at right is Tracey Ciesnolevicz, Community Relations Manager at UGI. Not only was UGI a great Hero to the community but they also serve as one of our community partners at the Relief Level.

In addition, the Greater Lehigh Valley would like to extend their gratitude to all who participated in the campaign. Thank you to:

Air Products, AmericaVen, Capital Blue Cross, Ciocca Dealerships, Cityline Construction, Cornerstone Consulting, Comfort Suites of Allentown, Crayola, Creative Landscapes, Dr. Frank & Yvonne Schweighardt, Eastern Engineered Wood Products, Elek Plumbing, Embassy Bank, ET & T, Executive Forum of the Lehigh Valley, Faulkner Subaru, Highmark Blue Shield, Hilton Garden Inn, Jerdon Construction, Joshi Hotel Group, Just Born, Lutron, Mahoning Valley Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Metro Beauty Academy, Mississippi Laminators, Muhlenberg College, Nazareth Area High School Red Cross Club, Olympus, PPL Corporation, Reynolds & Reynolds, Staybridge Suites, TownePlace Suites by Marriott, UGI, William Signs, Zep, Terese Cary, Christy Del Rio, Kenneth MacKenzie, Robert Oster, Andrea Weismiller, Jill Wheeler, and Thomas Williams, Jr.

Everyone can be a Hero for their community and the American Red Cross. Although the 2015 campaign has concluded, it is never too early to start thinking about the Hero journey for next year. Examples of how to fundraise include: individuals collecting pledges from friends and family through online social networking, clubs holding car washes, a business holding a dress down day, or you asking your friends, neighbors, relatives or colleagues to make you a Hero.

Will 2016 be your year to be a Hero? For more information, please contact Peter Brown, Executive Director, at (610) 865-4400, or