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Alma Powell Honored at Red Cross Tiffany Circle Dinner
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Mary Havell
 
June 17, 2008

The Tiffany Circle of the American Red Cross concluded its annual Women’s Leadership Summit event on June 11 at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C.  This year’s summit highlighted the American Red Cross role in the international family of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies through its international programs and activities, particularly the organization’s overseas services to the United States Armed Forces.

Alma Powell, married to Colin Powell, General, United States Army and United States Secretary of State (RET), accepted the American Red Cross Legacy of Service award.
Alma Powell, married to Colin Powell, General, United States Army and United States Secretary of State (RET), accepted the American Red Cross Legacy of Service award. Photo credit: Jennifer Willis

The dinner was held in the Benjamin Franklin State Dining Room and honored members of the U.S. Armed Forces and current and former military spouses for their commitment to our nation and its citizens.   

Corporal Sue Downes, who lost both of her legs during an explosion in Afghanistan in November 2006, spoke about her relationship with the Red Cross.  Throughout her ongoing rehabilitation at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Downes has been working with Major Elizabeth Painter, a Red Cross volunteer.  “I came to Walter Reed with nothing but a hospital gown and the ladies at the Red Cross took care of me and my whole family.  I just want to say thank you,” said Downes.  

Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, Chairman of the Red Cross, announced the special appearance of Gail J. McGovern, incoming President and CEO of the American Red Cross.  McGovern will officially begin at the Red Cross on June 23, 2019.
Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, Chairman of the Red Cross, announced the special appearance of Gail J. McGovern, incoming President and CEO of the American Red Cross. McGovern will officially begin at the Red Cross on June 23, 2019. Photo credit: Jennifer Willis

“There are several ‘sheroes’ here tonight. I now want to say thank you to the military wives,” said Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, Chairman of the Red Cross.  “These are the women who quietly serve and stand behind the men on the front lines.”

Alma Powell, married to Colin Powell, General, United States Army and United States Secretary of State (RET), was honored with the American Red Cross Legacy of Service. Powell was saluted as a distinguished American for her legacy of service to the American Red Cross.

“It is an honor for me to be here tonight and share this with my sisters of service,” said Powell.  “The Red Cross is embedded in the fabric of our nation. We are a nation of volunteers. We must build on volunteerism and spread it.”

Other special guests who were recognized at the event include:

  • Diane Bodman, married to Samuel Bodman, U.S. Secretary of Energy and American Red Cross volunteer at Walter Reed Army Medical Center
  • Cindy Giambastiani, married to Admiral Edmund P. Giambastiani, United States Navy, Former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (RET)
  • Mary Jo Myers, married to General Richard B. Myers, USAF (RET), Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Lynne Pace, married to General Peter Pace, Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Holly Petraeus, married to General David Petraeus, Commanding General, Multi-National Force – Iraq
U.S. Army Chorus completed the evening with several patriotic songs.
U.S. Army Chorus completed the evening with several patriotic songs. Photo credit: Jennifer Willis

The annual Women’s Leadership Summit event brought together approximately 300 members of the Tiffany Circle from 23 Red Cross chapters across the country and recognized their commitment and contributions in support of the noble mission of the Red Cross.  The women of the Tiffany Circle generously donate $10,000 each to annually support their local Red Cross chapters.  Their contributions enable the organization to respond to emergencies, whether they are individual disasters such as home fires or community-wide disasters.

For additional information about the Tiffany Circle, please visit www.redcross.org/more/tiffany.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation's blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization – not a government agency – and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at www.redcrosschat.org.


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