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Dress Down Day Celebrates 99 Years of the Red Cross in Cortland

Red Cross - Central New York - Dress Down Day 2015
Our ‘Dress Down Day’ has always been a fun way for residents and businesses to support the Red Cross services in Cortland County.

On Friday, June 5, residents and businesses throughout Cortland County will celebrate the American Red Cross’ 99 years in the county by wearing a special T-Shirt on the 11th annual “Dress Down Day.”

Since 2005, the Chapter has asked Cortland County residents to show their Red Cross spirit by purchasing a “Dress Down” T-Shirt to wear on a specific day. The front of this year’s shirt features the Red Cross logo with the words “99 Years and Going Strong” and “Saving Lives Giving Hope.”

The T-Shirts cost $10, and with T-Shirt sales and sponsorships the campaign raised $6,796 for Red Cross services in Cortland County. In the past year, the Red Cross in Cortland County has assisted 56 people from 26 families who were displaced from their homes by a fire, flood or another emergency; hosted 111 blood drives that collected 2,951 units of blood (each unit can save up to three lives); trained 1,169 people in First Aid, CPR and other life-saving skills; provided learn-to-swim and other aquatic safety classes for 253 children; and served six military members and veterans through its Service to the Armed Forces program.

“Our ‘Dress Down Day’ has always been a fun way for residents and businesses to support the Red Cross services in Cortland County that help our loved ones, friends and neighbors,” said Darlene Winter, co-chair of the Dress Down Day Campaign Committee. “We want to thank all of the residents and businesses that are supporting the campaign and we look forward to seeing all of Cortland wearing the Red Cross T-Shirts on June 5!”

The Red Cross would like to acknowledge and thank the Dress Down Day corporate sponsors:

Logo Sponsors: Byrne Dairy (premier sponsor), Coffee Mania, Contento's, Intertek, Tanner-Ibbotson (sponsors)

Name Sponsors: CFCU Community Credit Union, Cortland Health Center, Dewey Machine & Tool, Inc., Doug’s Powersports Unlimited, Goldwyn & Boyland Physical Therapy, P.C., Higgins Supply Company, Inc., Homer Men’s & Boy’s Store, James S. Leonard, DPM, K & H Motor Sports, NBT Bank, Thoma Development Consultants, Tompkins Trust Company, Vector Magnetics, Inc., Wall Street on Court Street.