Red Cross Month events will honor heroes, teach lifesaving skills
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has proclaimed March “Red Cross Month” in Colorado, in keeping with a national tradition. During Red Cross Month, the American Red Cross recognizes the many everyday heroes who give of themselves and in some way help their community.
“The Red Cross in Colorado has continued strong for nearly 100 years because the Red Cross is made up of everyday people coming together to make a difference – it’s neighbor helping neighbor,” said Gino Greco, CEO of the Red Cross Mile High Region. “We want to thank our heroes during Red Cross Month – the volunteers, class takers and financial supporters who help us assist those in need.”
Local chapters in Colorado have a number of activities planned for Red Cross Month, including:
RED CROSS MILE HIGH CHAPTER BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS
WHAT: An award ceremony honoring local heroes and celebrating “Colorado Overcomes: Together We
Triumph Over Tragedy”
WHEN: 7:30-9 a.m., Friday, March 8
WHERE: Hyatt Regency at the Colorado Convention Center, 650 15th Street, Denver
RED CROSS “DAY AT THE CAPITOL” AND LEGISLATIVE CPR SESSIONS
WHAT: Red Cross instructors will teach legislators and their staff how to save a life using hands-only
WHEN: 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesday, March 19 – CPR Sessions occur at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
WHERE: Colorado State Capitol building, Old Supreme Court Chambers, room 220
PIKES PEAK CHAPTER HOMETOWN HEROES CELEBRATION
WHAT: A dinner and award ceremony recognizing local individuals who have made a difference through their individual acts of courage
WHEN: 6-8 p.m, Thursday, March 21
WHERE: Antler’s Hilton, 4 South Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs
DCP MIDSTREAM RED CROSS MONTH $20,000 CHALLENGE
WHAT: DCP Midstream will match all donations to the American Red Cross during the month of March, up to $20,000
WHEN: All donations during the month of March are eligible
WHERE: Donations can be made online at www.redcross.org/Colorado; during the day of the event at the Breakfast of Champions; by calling 1-800-REDCROSS; or by mailing a check to the Red Cross Mile High Region, 444 Sherman St., Denver, CO 80203
In Colorado, local Red Cross chapters responded to more than 400 local emergencies, assisted more than 3,000 military families and trained more than 70,000 people in lifesaving skills last year.
“Red Cross Month is a great time for people to become part of the Red Cross and there are many different ways to do it,” Greco said. “They can develop a preparedness plan for their household, become a Red Cross volunteer, or take a Red Cross class, just to name a few.”
The Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on donations of time, money and blood to do its work. An average of 91 cents of every dollar given to the Red Cross is invested in helping people in need.