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Red Cross Honors Southwest Airlines For Humanitarian Spirit

DALLAS, TEXAS, March 17, 2014 — For the past 20 years, the American Red Cross has had an unwavering relationship with Southwest Airlines. On Thursday, March 27, 2014, the Red Cross will show their appreciation to the Dallas-based airline by presenting the first-ever “Heroes Award” to their employees. 

“Southwest Airlines is known for sharing the 'LUV,' and they’ve certainly done that for the Red Cross,” said T.D. Smyers, chief executive officer, American Red Cross North Texas Region. “They’ve collected hygiene supplies for families burned out of their homes, hosted lifesaving blood drives, encouraged their employees to volunteer with the Red Cross and they’ve given significant financial support in advance of emergencies since 2011.” 

Southwest Airlines Chairman, President, and CEO Gary Kelly will be on hand to accept the award. “It’s an honor any time our employees are recognized,” said Kelly. “But this one means a great deal to all of us. When tragedy strikes, from the earthquake in Haiti to the DFW tornado outbreak, our employees want to do everything possible to get help where it’s needed. We confidently place our trust in the American Red Cross as an organization with a long history of helping here at home, across the nation, and around the globe.” 



Place: Gilley’s Dallas, 1135 S. Lamar St., Dallas, Texas

Time: 5:00p.m.-6:30p.m. (Remarks from 5:30p.m-5:45p.m.) 

Also in attendance will be Jim Keyes, a member of the American National Red Cross board of governors and Mayor Mike Rawlings


Following the Southwest Airlines Award reception, Red Cross supporters will “Rock Out for the Red Cross,” a special concert featuring Cory Morrow. All proceeds from the concert will benefit Red Cross disaster relief efforts in the local community. More information about Rock Out for the Red Cross is available at


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