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Local Red Cross Honors Volunteers

PHILADELPHIA - On September 18 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm, at the Hilton Hotel at 4200 City Line Avenue, the Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania (SEPA) will hold its annual Celebration of Volunteers to honor the nearly 2,500 volunteers who make it possible to fulfill the Red Cross mission in the Philadelphia Area. The theme of this year’s Celebration of Volunteers is Sleeves up. Hearts open. All in. This represents the commitment and love volunteers bring to their work with the Red Cross.

Red Cross CEO Judge Reneé Cardwell Hughes will be on hand to welcome and thank volunteers from the five- county area. More than 400 volunteers are expected to attend. About a dozen will receive special recognition for their service to the five-county region and the nation. Five volunteers will be awarded the President’s Call to Service Award, recognizing them for committing more than 4,000 hours of volunteer service. One of the honorees will be recognized as a “blood survivor”, and 6ABC TV anchor and reporter, Shirleen Allicott, will co-host.

Preceding the Celebration of Volunteers, SEPA will hold its Annual Meeting to elect officers and seat new board members.

At the event itself, SEPA will announce the election of Dan Rhynhart, a partner at the law firm of Blank Rome LLP, to lead its board of directors. Mr Rhynhart handles commercial litigation matters in a variety of industries. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors and as Secretary of SEPA Red Cross Chapter. In 2012, he was awarded the Betty Robinson Award, described as “The Chapter’s highest honor.” He also serves as chairman of the Advisory Board for Compass Philadelphia.

Former Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers will be honored for his commitment to the partnership between the Southeastern Pennsylvania Red Cross and the Philadelphia Fire Department.

Visuals will include dinner, award presentations, and two video presentations and a slideshow.

About the American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania:

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 and and follow us on Twitter at @RedCross and @redcrossphilly.