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American Red Cross Salutes NNY Volunteers at Annual Event

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (Aug. 26, 2014) — The American Red Cross of Northern New York will acknowledge the humanitarian efforts of several Red Cross volunteers and supporters from throughout Northern New York at the chapter’s annual Volunteer Salute at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, at Mullin’s Family Restaurant in Gouverneur.

Volunteers comprise 94 percent of the Northern New York Chapter’s workforce, and the chapter’s success in delivering Red Cross services to residents in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties is dependent on the commitment, energy and enthusiasm of the chapter’s 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 Jane Gendron, Community Executive of the Northern New York 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 Northern New York.”

Here is the complete list of Northern New York volunteers and supporters who’ll be recognized Wednesday for their extraordinary work in the past year:

• Blood Services Volunteer Award: Angela Blair, of Norfolk.

• Clara Barton Volunteer Leadership Award: James Cayey, of Colton.

• Community Service Volunteer Award: Leoni Miller, of Watertown.

• Disaster Preparedness and Response Services Award: Staci Reyes, of Deferiet.

• Good Neighbor Award: Price Chopper of Watertown.

• Service to the Armed Forces Award: Auzinda Mendes, of Watertown.

• Volunteer of the Year Awards: Kerry Lawrence, of Watertown (Jefferson County); Dottie Suiter, of Lowville (Lewis County); and Randy Farmer, of Canton (St. Lawrence County).

• Youth Services Award: Cheyenne Rhone, of Clayton.

The American Red Cross has a variety of volunteer opportunities available for adults, youth (under age 18) and youth groups. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer should visit or call the American Red Cross of Northern New York at 315-782-4410.

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

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