Besides ringing in the holiday season at the Annual Holiday Splendor Gala on Dec. 4, the local American Red Cross also ushered in a new era by announcing a change of its name from the Westmoreland-Armstrong and Indiana Chapter to the American Red Cross of Chestnut Ridge.
Chestnut Ridge Board Chair, Tandy Baily of UPS, made the announcement during her remarks to the assembled guests at the Gala event held at the Ramada Greensburg Hotel and Conference Center,
“With the recent restructuring of the Red Cross in Western Pennsylvania, Fayette County has been added to our service area and the Board of Directors felt it was appropriate to choose a name that reflects the total area we now serve,” she said.
In recent conversation, Indiana County Red Cross Board Chair Wendy Bell of First Commonwealth Financial Corporation said, “I am glad we will continue to have Indiana County volunteer leadership and commitment in fulfilling the mission of preventing and alleviating human suffering in the face of emergencies and am proud to serve as a local leader. It was the Indiana County Board of Directors that originally proposed the Chestnut Ridge name and we look forward to working with volunteer leaders across our expanded service area.”
Executive Director Dana Bauer, M.S.W., noted, “We are pleased to be able to use this evenings’ event to announce our new name which, like fashions that have a way of coming back, pays homage to a name that was formerly used in the area - The American Red Cross of Chestnut Ridge.”
The Gala netted nearly $50,000 in support of disaster relief and other Red Cross Services. Special thanks to First Commonwealth Bank, diamond sponsor, along with platinum sponsors Arbor Industrial Supplies, Western PA Behavioral Health, and the McFeely-Rogers Foundation with special thanks for their leadership and sponsorship of the Gala and mission fulfillment dating back to the initial establishment of local Red Cross services.
Chestnut Ridge was the name of a Red Cross chapter serving a few Westmoreland County communities east of Greensburg for many years, which later became the Westmoreland-Armstrong Chapter a few years ago.
The name change is effective immediately.