SALT LAKE CITY, UT. March 13, 2015 - During the annual Red Cross Heroes Recognition Event in Salt Lake City last Thursday, LDS Presiding Bishop Gary Stevenson presented a check to the American Red Cross for $1.8 million. “While we knew this was coming we had no idea when or what the amount would be. When we did find out, it exceeded our wildest expectations.” said Utah Region CEO Heidi Ruster. Accepting the donation on behalf of the American Red Cross was Cliff Holtz, President of Humanitarian Services.
With the church’s agreement it was decided to make the check presentation part of the recognition luncheon. “It was really a pure coincidence of timing that connected the Heroes award presentation and the receipt of this incredible gift. As a result we were truly able to recognize and celebrate our long term relationship to serve and support our communities.” said Heidi Ruster.
Because the Red Cross is not a government agency and relies solely on the generosity of donors the donation will have a huge impact on services not just here in Utah but across the country. The current Give What Fire Takes Campaign http://www.redcross.org is a good example of that.
The LDS church was also a Hero award recipient at the annual event honored as “Outstanding Community Partner” one of 15 community organizations and individuals recognized for acts of service. Sharon Eubank, director of Humanitarian Services, received the award on behalf of the Church.
As part of a visit to the Utah Region of the Red Cross this week, President and CEO Gail McGovern will have the opportunity to further engage and thank the LDS Church for this amazing gift.