American Red Cross Honors Volunteers and Supporters at Celebration of Support Event

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The American Red Cross Northeast Wisconsin Chapter celebrated its volunteers June 25, 2013 with its Annual Celebration of Support event held at the Riverside Ballroom in Green Bay. Special thank you to our major sponsor, The Grainger Foundation and supporting sponsor of Ameriprise Auto & Home Insurance. Two hundred and seventy 

Kathryn Bracho, anchor Action 2 News This Morning, kicking things off.

Kathryn Bracho, anchor Action 2 News This Morning, kicking things off.

volunteers attended the event. WBAY-TV anchor Action 2 News This Morning, Kathryn Bracho served as the Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening.

The night began with welcoming words from incoming 2013/2014 Board Chair, Mike Gallagher of Schreiber Foods. Following Gallagher was Greg Novinska, CEO, Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region with an update on blood services.

One-a-Week Club Awards were presented to businesses and clubs who committed to at least 52 donations of blood per year, or one per week during the previous year, followed by dinner.

After dinner the Volunteer Recognition Awards were presented to individuals and groups for their exceptional volunteer work.

Germaine Reed, of Denmark, Ed McHugh Worker of the Year award for front-line volunteers with exceptional reliability to the blood program.

Green Bay Packers, Business, Group or Organization of the Year, given to a business or group of volunteers for years of commitment to the American Red Cross Blood Services program.

Woodside Senior Communities, Hilary Lesperance Award for outstanding support in the Blood Services Program.

Philip Everhart, of Marinette and Scott Vanidestine of Green Bay, Kerrie Forester Emergency Services Award for commitment and dedication to Disaster Services and members of the Disaster Response Team.

(l-r) Scott Vanidestine, Emergency Services Award, Judy Gregory, Disaster Director, Deb Harrington, Behind-the-Scenes Award, and Nancy Mirhashemi, Volunteer of the Year.

(l-r) Scott Vanidestine, Emergency Services Award, Judy Gregory, Disaster Director, Deb Harrington, Behind-the-Scenes Award, and Nancy Mirhashemi, Volunteer of the Year.

Paul Strom, of Green Bay, Andrew Janssen Transportation Award, for outstanding work in transportation services for the American Red Cross and providing transportation for the elderly population and those with disabilities to help them sustain an independent lifestyle.

Shopko, Corporate Benefactor Award, for a business with outstanding commitment and dedication to the American Red Cross.

Todd Bierowski, of Depere, Mrs. Crane (Mary) Murphy Award, presented to a member of the Board of Directors for exceptional contribution and advancement of the American Red Cross.

Debra Harrington, of Green Bay & Leon Wollersheim, of New Holstein,  Behind-the-Scenes Award presented to a volunteer who assists with essential office work at one of our office locations in development, facilities, reception and other behind-the-scenes jobs.

Jennifer Pederson, of Green Bay, Rookies of the Year, presented to a volunteer for exceptional level of service and has started within the past year.

Nancy Mirhashemi, of Green Bay, Volunteer of the Year Award, presented to the individual who has demonstrated long-term commitment to multiple programs of the American Red Cross.

Kate Burgess, of Depere, and CEO of fulfillnet, Clara Barton Award, the highest award of the night, presented to an individual who exemplifies the qualities of American Red Cross pioneer Clara Barton.

(l-r) Shawn Kiser, Special Events, Kate Burgess, Jody Weyers, Volunteer Director, Mike Gallagher, Board Chair.

(l-r) Shawn Kiser, Special Events, Kate Burgess, Jody Weyers, Volunteer Director, Mike Gallagher, Board Chair.

Congratulations to all the award recipients and thank you to everyone for your time, blood and support of the American Red Cross.

Click HERE to see pictures of all the award recipients.

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