Washington County chapter of the American Red Cross kicks off fundraising campaign

April 13, 2011
  • Tony Pirrone addresses the audience at the American Red Cross kickoff breakfast Wednesday. He is a disaster, mass care volunteer with the local chapter.
By Kevin G. Gilbert, Staff Photographer

The Washington County chapter of the American Red Cross kicked off its annual Heroes fundraising campaign Wednesday morning during a breakfast at its headquarters on Conrad Court in Hagerstown.

Maria I. Johns, director of financial development for the Red Cross of Washington County, said 21 people pledged to raise $12,716 toward the organization's $30,000 goal.

The money will be used to support Red Cross services, including disaster relief, assistance for fire victims, emergency military communications, and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and first-aid training.

Johns said the heroes will have until the end of the fundraiser on June 30 to come up with the money.

The heroes and the amounts they pledged are: Bob Carder, $100; Alfred Martin, $500; Frank and Evelyn Meany, $1,000; Robert Rankin, $200; Michael Baylor, $1,000; Julie Barr-Strasburg, $2,000; Jack Byers, $1,071; Maurice Johnston, $1,000; Cassandra Latimer, $1,500; Paul Leatherman, $1,000; Thomas Riford, $1,500; Jackie Kelley, $1,000; Cindy Myers, $50; John Roney, $100; Patricia May, $100; Kathy Gore, $50; Ralph Lucas, $25; Paulette Laing, $250; Douglas Sevick, $250; and Mary Tierney, $20.

Each year, the Washington County Red Cross responds to more than 100 disasters, trains 8,000 people in lifesaving skills and exchanges nearly 100 emergency messages for U.S. military personnel and their families.

The Red Cross also collected more than 9,000 units of blood for local hospitals.

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