Ohio National Guard Members Named 2013 Humanitarians of the Year

Ohio’s citizen-Soldiers -Airmen serving in the Ohio National Guard have been chosen to receive the 2013 American Red Cross Humanitarian of the Year award; an honor bestowed upon those who have improved lives in central Ohio and beyond.

Major General Deborah Ashenhurst, Ohio Adjunct General, will receive the award on behalf of the Soldiers and Airmen.

Organized by citizen-soldiers in 1788, the Ohio National Guard’s service to Ohio predates statehood and represents an un-paralleled legacy. The National Guard is the only branch of the military entrusted with the dual mission of protecting community and country. During emergencies, Guard units assist Ohioans endangered by storms, floods, fires and other disasters.

“The Soldiers and Airmen of the Ohio National Guard exemplify what it means to be an everyday hero,” American Red Cross of Central and Southeast Ohio CEO Matt Bertram said. “In the last year alone Ohio’s Soldiers and Airmen put their personal lives on hold to serve on the front lines of Afghanistan, repair schools and critical infrastructure for earthquake victims in Serbia, and when the windstorm struck central Ohio in June, they went door-to-door to check on the health and wellbeing of those left without power. We’re pleased to honor them as this year’s humanitarians of the year.”

The men and women of the Ohio National Guard join an outstanding roster of previously honored humanitarians:

1997 Dimon R. McFerson 2004 Teckie Shackelford

1998 John G. and Jeanne McCoy 2005 Robert J. Weiler, Sr.

1999 Frank Wobst 2006 Nancy Jeffrey

2000 John H. McConnell 2007 Ron and Ann Pizzuti

2001 Reverend Leon Troy, Sr. 2008 Carl F. Kohrt

2002 Loann W. Crane 2009 Ingram Family

2003 Alex Shumate 2010 Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein

2011 Michael Morris 2012 Larry and Donna James

In its 17th year, the Humanitarian of the Year award will be presented during a luncheon program on April 26, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Columbus. Nationwide Insurance is the humanitarian sponsor. White Castle System, Inc. is the lead corporate sponsor. Gold corporate sponsors are Huntington Bank and Limited Brands Foundation. Major corporate sponsors are Abercrombie & Fitch, Battelle and Schottenstein Stores/Value City Furniture.

Additional sponsorship opportunities and individual reservations are available. Call 614-253-2740 ext. 2427 or email Mary Costlow for more information.

The Humanitarian of the Year luncheon honors outstanding community representatives and provides more than 500 business and community leaders with an entertaining opportunity to become better acquainted with the work of the Red Cross. Proceeds from corporate sponsorships, as well as individual and table sales, help the Red Cross fulfill its mission.