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Central Texas Volunteers Honored at Annual Recognition Dinner

07/03/14 - Austin - Central Texas Volunteers Honored at Annual Recognition Dinner
Volunteers are the heart and soul of the American Red Cross.

On Friday, June 27, 2014, the Central Texas Chapter of the American Red Cross hosted its annual Volunteer Recognition dinner, honoring the selfless and dedicated volunteers who carry out the organization’s humanitarian mission in Central Texas.

The guest of honor was Elizabeth “Betty” Hendrix, who was awarded her 70 year pin. Betty was also presented with a special portrait commissioned in her honor, which will hang in the halls of the Central Texas chapter office in her honor.

Betty began volunteering for the Red Cross at age 16, when she would roll bandages with her mother and godmother at the Red Cross chapter in Richmond, Virginia. As a student at Wellesley College, Betty continued her service by teaching swimming lessons during her summer break. After moving to Austin in 1953, Betty joined the American Red Cross of Central Texas, where she has been a committed volunteer for 61 years while raising six children and maintaining a career as a high school biology teacher. Betty has also deployed all across the country to national disasters, helping people from Pennsylvania to New Mexico.

Many of Betty’s fellow volunteers also received recognition for outstanding service at the event. Other award winners include:

  • Nahid Khataw – Development Award
  • Pat Grajkowski – Services to the Armed Forces Award
  • Susan Donaldson – Disaster Preparedness & Response
  • Gregory Wagner – Health & Safety Award
  • Mike Wadino – Clara Barton Honor Award
  • Norm Sprott – Special Citation for Exceptional Volunteer Service
  • Eloy Cano – Youth Leadership Award
  • Leslie Johnston – Rookie of the Year Award
  • Vandegrift High School Red Cross Club – Biomedical Award
  • Kevin McCoy – Volunteer of the Year Award