Community — 23 March 2013
Red Cross Raises Nearly $400,000 at Annual Lifesaver Breakfast

Storytellers Event Featured Jon Meacham; Highlighted the Mission of the Organization

NASHVILLE, TN, March 15, 2013 —The American Red Cross, Nashville Area Chapter hosted their 11th Annual Lifesaver Breakfast at Lipscomb University in Allen Arena on Thursday morning.

“The outpouring of generosity from our community continues to amaze me,” said Joel Sullivan, Regional CEO of the American Red Cross. “Their support has not only guaranteed the success of our 11th Annual Lifesaver Breakfast, but it has also allowed us to grow into one of the most prepared regions across the country.”

This year, the Red Cross highlighted the centerpiece of their mission – their clients. Noted New York Times bestselling author, Jon Meacham, facilitated the storytelling portion of the event to help showcase the compelling stories of the individuals they serve every day. The 2013 breakfast chairman was Bill Krueger of Nissan, with presenting sponsors including Dollar General, Ingram, Lipscomb University, Nissan and Yates Construction.

Through clients’ personal stories, the public could see first-hand the lasting effects of Red Cross services. Blood donations saved Sheila Preston Fitzgerald’s life not once, but twice. Randy Grogan’s life-saving skills, acquired through Red Cross classes, prepared him to assist in rescuing a gentleman at his place of employment. Likewise, Diane Daugherty’s life was changed because of the Red Cross and the hope they provided after a tornado destroyed her home. Daugherty later returned to the Red Cross, this time as a volunteer. Daugherty wanted to give back to others as the American Red Cross had provided for her.

“Just as our community stepped up to accomplish our Join the 10,000 campaign goal, they have likewise followed suit and ensured our Lifesaver Breakfast to be a huge success,” Bill Krueger, Chairman of the 2013 Lifesaver Breakfast and Nashville Area Board Member shared. “I am honored to have served as this year’s breakfast chairman and to be an active Red Cross volunteer; in fact I joined as number 5,254 back in 2009. I am proud to be a small part of this noble mission that has such a lasting effect on so many.”

Over 500 of Nashville’s most influential business and community leaders attended the event which ensures the financial funding necessary to provide the core humanitarian services of the American Red Cross including; local disaster response, services to the Armed Forces, international relief, lifesaving blood collection and preparedness health and safety training.

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