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American Red Cross Names Frances Panek Volunteer of the Month

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Jan. 10, 2013) – The American Red Cross of Central New York has selected Disaster Sheltering and Blood Services Support volunteer Frances Panek, of Canastota, as its Volunteer of the Month for December 2013. The Volunteer of the Month program, sponsored by Dunkin’ Donuts, recognizes dedicated Red Cross volunteers for their hard work and commitment to the humanitarian organization.

Panek started volunteering at the American Red Cross’ Madison-Oneida office in the city of Oneida because she wanted to give back to the community. She became the Blood Services Coordinator in Madison-Oneida and continues to assist that office by performing administrative tasks and coordinating blood drives.

More recently, Panek started working with the Disaster Shelter team at the American Red Cross of Central New York office in Syracuse. Bob Mueller, District Sheltering Lead in Syracuse, said Panek’s work has been instrumental in helping the office add and update information about potential Red Cross shelters throughout Central New York.

When Panek is not using her administrative support skills to help the Red Cross with blood drives and sheltering, she enjoys being active outdoors, jogging and snowshoeing.

Dunkin’ Donuts generously supplied Red Cross offices throughout Central and Northern New York with gift cards to distribute monthly to deserving volunteers. Panek received a $25 gift card as a token of appreciation for her volunteer service.

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 join our blog at

About Dunkin’ Donuts:

Founded in 1950, Dunkin' Donuts is America's favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin' Donuts is a market leader in the regular/decaf coffee, iced coffee, hot flavored coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin' Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for six years running. The company has more than 10,000 restaurants in 32 countries worldwide. For more information, visit