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Red Cross Salutes Southern Tier Volunteers September 24

ENDICOTT, N.Y. (Sept 22, 2014) — The American Red Cross of the Southern Tier will acknowledge the humanitarian efforts of several Red Cross volunteers and supporters from throughout the Southern Tier at the chapter’s annual Volunteer Salute at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, at Tioga Downs in Nichols.

Volunteers comprise 94 percent of the Southern Tier Chapter’s workforce, and the chapter’s success in delivering Red Cross services to residents in Broome, Chenango, Tompkins, and Tioga counties is dependent on the commitment, energy and enthusiasm of the chapter’s 455 volunteers.

“The Red Cross mission is to alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors,” said Shelley Bierwiler, Community Executive of the Southern Tier Chapter. “We accomplish that mission only because of the dedication of our volunteers who make themselves available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies and natural disasters in the Southern Tier.”

Here are the Southern Tier Chapter volunteers and supporters who’ll be recognized Sept. 24 for their extraordinary work in the past year:

• Blood Services Volunteer Award: Olivia Curtin, of Endwell.

• Clara Barton Volunteer Leadership Award: Mary Quinn, of Binghamton.

• Community Service Volunteer Award: Jane Blake, of Endwell.

• Disaster Preparedness and Response Services Award: Dan and Kathy Eddy, of Binghamton.

• Good Neighbor Award: Maguire Family of Dealerships, FOX 40 WICZ-TV and WSKG-TV.

• Service to the Armed Forces Award: Sandra Smith, of Owego.

• Volunteer of the Year Awards: Chuck Haupt, of Owego (Tioga County); Norbert McCloskey, of Ithaca (Tompkins County); David Miller, of Sherburne (Chenango County); and Gayle Ripley, of Port Crane (Broome County)

• Youth Services Award: Soren Mortensen, of Genoa.

• Special Recognition for the Pillowcase Project: Lee Campfield, of Apalachin; Nora Doane, of Binghamton; Chuck Haupt, of Owego; Chris Hoke, of Binghamton; Mary Louise Lyons, of Endwell; Jody Mott, of Apalachin; Melanie Pandich, of Binghamton; Quinn Sepe, of Binghamton; and Sandy Smith, of Owego.

The American Red Cross has a variety of volunteer opportunities for adults, youth (under age 18) and youth groups. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer should visit www.redcross.org/ny/endicott/volunteer or call the American Red Cross of the Southern Tier at 607-785-7207.

Media Availability

The media is invited to attend the event and Red Cross officials and volunteer award winners will be available for interviews.

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 www.redcross.org/southerntier or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SouthernTierRedCross and Twitter @OneRedCrossCNY.