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Red Cross Fort Worth Tiffany Circle Prepares for Fall Kick-Off

FORT WORTH, TX, September 30, 2013 — The excitement is in the air as the top women leaders in Tarrant County prepare to join forces for the fall kick-off of the American Red Cross “Tiffany Circle Society of Women Leaders”. This group is a powerful leadership network of women who donate $10,000 annually to support their local chapters. By investing annually in their local Red Cross, these women follow in the footsteps of a long line of women leaders who have helped the Red Cross serve the American public in times of war and peace.

Fort Worth resident and Tiffany Circle member, Carol Dunaway, will host this year’s kick-off event at her private home. Over the course of the evening, the women will be discussing ways to increase membership and promote their fundraising goals. In particular, they’ll focus on a creative new program called Piper the Puppy. For a $100 donation, Piper the Puppy can be adopted, and when the next home fire occurs, this plush stuffed toy will go right into the arms of a scared child at the fire scene. The Tiffany Circle Society wants to raise $50,000 to ensure that Piper the Puppy is available to every child who suffers because of a disaster in Tarrant and surrounding counties.

Additionally, the women leaders will discuss ways to support United States military members and their families, and ways to make sure that community members are aware of lifesaving programs like CPR and first aid available from the American Red Cross.

“We couldn’t be more proud of this group of women leaders,” said T.D. Smyers, CEO, American Red Cross North Texas Region. “They’re enthusiastic, mission-focused and eager to spread the word about how to help the Red Cross.”

Tiffany Circle members are Paula Brockway (Co-Chair), Lou Martin (Co-Chair), Alice Puente, Katie Kalpakis, Rae Schollmaier, Janie Rector, Teresa Hubbard, Carol Dunaway and Sally Yeager.

To become a Tiffany Circle member, or to hear more about this exciting group, contact Lyddy Bullock at the American Red Cross at 214-678-4516.

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