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A Powerful Network of Women -- Saving Lives and Strengthening Communities through Their Local Red Cross


Over 120 women from across the country gathered at the American Red Cross national headquarters in Washington, DC to celebrate their founding membership in the inaugural Tiffany Circle Society of Women Leaders, a powerful leadership network of women across the country who are saving lives and responding to the needs of their local communities through a strategic investment of their time, talent and treasure in eight pilot communities across the country.

“The Red Cross and America have always been led by women of humanitarian action and great compassion,” said Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, Chairman of the American Red Cross. “Women enjoy a long history of joining hands to make their communities stronger. Today, through the Tiffany Circle, we renew our commitment and our pledge to the mothers, daughters and sisters across this great country as we together reach out to those most in need.”

Tiffany Circle members are joining a long lineage of Red Cross women leaders, beginning with founder Clara Barton. Each of the women in the Tiffany Circle donated $10,000 to support her local Red Cross chapter. The program has been so successful that it will expand into 17 more communities next year. Originally the program hoped to raise $1 million, however due to its success, the program raised $3 million to benefit eight Red Cross chapters.

“Women are the most powerful new voice in philanthropy and these founding members of the Tiffany Circle are channeling their generosity through their local Red Cross chapters to save lives in communities nationwide,” said Melanie Sabelhaus, National Chair, Tiffany Circle and Red Cross board member. “It is important to remember that local Red Cross chapters rely on the generosity of their communities. The Red Cross is humbled and honored that so many women have invested their compassion and generosity to accomplish big and bold results for their local community.”

Gifts through the Tiffany Circle ensure that the Red Cross is able to train volunteers to respond to the next disaster, that military families are able to reach their loved ones in an emergency, and to ensure that individuals and families will be trained to save a life during a medical emergency.

The inaugural members of the Tiffany Circle represent eight Red Cross chapters, including the Bergen-Hudson chapter, the Massachusetts Bay chapter, the Red Cross of Greater Chicago, the Nashville Area chapter, the Dallas Area chapter, the Red Cross of Greater Miami and the Keys, Twin Cities Area chapter and the Red Cross of Central Oklahoma.

The founding members gathered in Washington, DC for a two day networking leadership summit to discuss how women can shape the future of the Red Cross. Events included a dinner at the home of the Red Cross Chairman; a tour of the White House; networking opportunities and workshops.

To learn more about the Tiffany Circle program, please contact Sarah Marchetti at (202) 303-4473 or Devorah Goldburg at (202) 303-4461.

The American Red Cross helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Last year, almost a million volunteers and 35,000 employees helped victims of almost 75,000 disasters; taught lifesaving skills to millions; and helped U.S. service members separated from their families stay connected. Almost 4 million people gave blood through the Red Cross, the largest supplier of blood and blood products in the United States. The American Red Cross is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs. The Red Cross is not a government agency; it relies on donations of time, money, and blood to do its work.


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