Virginia R. Merkel named National Chair of the Tiffany Circle

Indy Region - 06/20/14 - Virginia R. Merkel named National Chair of the Tiffany Circle
Tiffany Circle women are committed to serving the organization through leadership and philanthropy.

The American Red Cross is pleased to announce that Virginia R. (Ginger) Merkel, managing director – investments, Wells Fargo Advisors and Indiana native, has been named the National Chair of the American Red Cross Tiffany Circle.

The Tiffany Circle was created in 2006 as a society dedicated to the women who give their time, talent and treasure to the American Red Cross. Tiffany Circle women are committed to serving the organization through leadership and philanthropy. By investing $10,000 annually in the American Red Cross, these women follow in the footsteps of a long line of women leaders who have helped the Red Cross serve the American public in times of war and peace through disaster response, blood collection, safety training and countless other community assistance services.

The name Tiffany and the $10,000 amount have historical precedence. The society is named for the beautiful Tiffany windows in the Board of Governors Hall at Red Cross national headquarters in Washington, D.C. These windows, produced by the Tiffany Studios, were commissioned by Red Cross President Mabel Boardman in 1917. As an act of reconciliation and hope, they were paid for with a $5,000 gift from the Women's Relief Corps of the North and $5,000 from the United Daughters of the Confederacy of the South.

The women in these windows personify virtues at work in the Red Cross Movement: hope, mercy, faith, charity, truth and fortitude. Members of the Tiffany Circle provide living examples of these virtues in their local communities, by ensuring the Red Cross has the ability to help people prevent, prepare for and respond to life's emergencies. Merkel is the founding chair of the American Red Cross Indianapolis Region’s Tiffany Circle.

Ginger Merkel is a Financial Advisor and Certified Financial Planner (TM) professional with over 35 years experience in the Financial Services Industry. She also is an Accredited Domestic Partnership Advisor (TM). She serves on the Boards of several organizations and is very active in her congregation at Second Presbyterian Church. Merkel is a board member of the American Red Cross, and is the Founding Chair of the Tiffany Circle of the American Red Cross Indianapolis Region. Ginger is a graduate of the Stanley K. Lacy Leadership Series and the Ardath Burkhart Leadership Series. Ginger is married to Roger Merkel, who is a well-known professional artist.

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 redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.