TERRE HAUTE -- The American Red Cross Wabash Valley Chapter celebrated its successful Save the Day fundraising campaign at its annual membership meeting Tuesday.
The 2008 campaign was chaired by Mary Ann Carroll.
Jadcore, Inc., gave the lead gift of $7,500 when the local campaign kicked off. The goal was to raise $35,000 for local Red Cross emergency services in Clay, Greene, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo counties in Indiana and Edgar County in Illinoi. To date, the chapter has received $37,036 in gifts and pledges for the campaign.
Campaign captains included Steve Winkler, Winkler Chevrolet, in Edgar County, Dr. Charles French and Nicholas French, French Funeral Home, Clay County, Jonas Utland, Greene County General Hospital, Ginger Scott, Wabash Capital, and Kathie Skeel, Putnam County, James Exline, Wabash Capital, Sullivan County, and Rick Burger, Duke Energy, Dr. Roland Kohr, Jackie Lower, Murray Pate, Old National and Dave Piker, Vigo County.
Campaign solicitors included Rod Bosley, Jim Chesterson, Ruben Gonzales, Tom Graftis, Laura Hemming, Pardeep Kumar, Rhonda Lauderback, Tom Mason, Kayar Patel, Jenny Piker, Tom Sawyer, Thomas Schmidtz, Gary Schomer, Carol Stevens and Chasity Wood. Cindy Belt also sponsored the campaign kick off.
Gifts to the campaign may still be sent to American Red Cross Wabash Valley Chapter, 700 S. Third St., Terre Haute, 47807. Secure Internet gifts may be made at www.wabashvalleyredcross.org.
Board members recognized for completing terms at the meeting included Tom Arthur, Cade Clarke, Nichole Drake, Rita Drake, Laura Kuzendoerfer, Holly Pies, Rick Waggoner and Mark Watson.
Board members eligible to continue to serve included Clay County resident Martha Loughmiller.
At the meeting, Loughmiller was honored with the Disaster Services award.
A total of 13 disaster volunteers were recognized for work on national disaster assignments in communities outside of the Wabash Valley, including Clay County residents Carol Allen, Loughmiller and Katrina Hughes.
The Wabash Valley Red Cross Chapter, winner of the American Red Cross "Highly Performing Chapter" award, is dedicated to saving lives and helping people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies in Clay, Greene, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo counties in Indiana and Edgar County in Illinois. Led by more than 250 volunteers and eight employees, the chapter annually mobilizes relief to local families affected by more than 135 disasters, trains more than 10,000 youth and adults in lifesaving skills, provides disaster education materials and workshops to more than 20,000 individuals and exchanges more than 200 emergency messages for United States military service personnel and their families.
The chapter is a charitable organization -- not a government agency -- and depends on local volunteers and the financial assistance of citizens, corporations, foundations and United Ways through the counties it serves.
For more information on the local chapter, contact Carol Stevens at 812-232-3393, Ext. 11, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.