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Tiffany Circle Society of Women Leaders Travel to Washington, D.C. for American Red Cross Women’s Leadership Summit

DALLAS, TX (May 30, 2012) – Ten of Dallas’ top female philanthropic leaders packed their bags and headed to Washington D.C. to represent their city at the American Red Cross Tiffany Circle Society of Women Leaders Summit from June 1-3, 2012. The weekend of learning, sharing and networking with fellow women leaders from across the nation featured tours, seminars and speakers, including former First Lady and honorary Dallas Tiffany Circle member, Laura Bush. The weekend also honors top Tiffany Circle members with national awards. Dallas Tiffany Circle member and longtime American Red Cross supporter, Billie Leigh Rippey, was honored with the Una Award for her dedication to the organization throughout her life, most notably through her roles within the Tiffany Circle.

The Tiffany Circle Una Award is given to a Tiffany Circle Member who exemplifies the mission of the American Red Cross and is engaged in her work in a substantive way. This year’s recipient, Billie Leigh Rippey, was recognized for her behind-the-scenes contributions to the mission of the American Red Cross and the Tiffany Circle program.

This description of an Una Award recipient holds true for Ms. Rippey, who is often seen on local news programs answering calls and taking donations during fundraising telethons or volunteering at Red Cross shelters during local disaster operations. She loves to give her “commercial” on the Red Cross, even traveling to speak to Tiffany Circle chapters in Houston and New Orleans to share her story and spread her enthusiasm.

“Billie Leigh Rippey is a third generation Red Cross volunteer, and when I first met her she told me stories of helping her grandmother roll bandages for the Red Cross during the war,” American Red Cross North Texas Region CEO, T.D. Smyers, said of Billie Leigh Rippey upon hearing of her award. “Billie Leigh embodies a grace, strength and compassion similar to what American Red Cross founder Clara Barton demonstrated on the battlegrounds. Everyone in her eyes is equal – each person deserving of her attention and care, much like the mission of the Red Cross.”

Billie Leigh Rippey accepted the Una Award at the Tiffany Circle Society of Women Leadership Summit in front of more than 300 other attendees.

The American Red Cross Tiffany Circle Society of Women Leaders representing Dallas at the Women’s Leadership Summit this year were Tiffany Circle Dallas co-chairs Suzy Bashore and Mary Yost as well as BJ Coffman, Patti Keirnan, Margo Keyes, Magen Moody, Kelli Nicholson, Alice Puente, Billie Leigh Rippey and Pat Smerge.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at