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Red Cross of Eastern NC Celebrates 100 Years of Service

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RALEIGH, Feb. 13, 2017 — We’re celebrating 100 years of Red Cross service in Eastern North Carolina and we’d like to invite you to join us in the festivities! 

Beginning in March – Red Cross Month – Red Cross will be featured in events across the region, including a kid-friendly block party, theater performance, marathon, spectacular gala, history exhibits, and more!

“One hundred years ago, 28 women in Raleigh came together to think of a way they could support members of the military during the Great War. So on March 17, 1917, they founded the Raleigh Chapter of the Red Cross,” said Barry Porter, regional CEO of the Red Cross in Eastern NC. “Since our founding, we’ve strived to uphold their original commitment to serve our community. Now it’s time to celebrate 100 Years of Service with our neighbors and rededicate our resources for another century to come!”


March 3: First Friday, City of Raleigh Museum Red Cross exhibit, 6 p.m.

March 10: Centennial Blood Drive with CBS, Crabtree Valley Mall, Raleigh

March 19: Tobacco Road Marathon & Half-Marathon, 7 a.m. - 2 p.m., Cary

March 25: Red Cross Block Party, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Triangle Chapter

April 8: Red Cross Ball, 6 p.m.-11:30 p.m., North Ridge Country Club, Raleigh

NC State Capitol Wreath Commemoration of Great War

World War I Commemoration Day at the NC Museum of History, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

May 5-21: Raleigh Little Theatre Showing of ‘A Piece of My Heart'

June 24: State-wide Centennial Celebration at the NC Museum of History, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. The grand affair will feature war-time reenactors, military music performers, a gallery opening featuring artwork by wounded Marines, keynote address from special guests, and the presenting of the Humanitarian of the Year Award.

CELEBRATE WITH US We hope you’ll join us for our 100th birthday fun! For more information, visit 

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.