The American Red Cross Legacy Society in Greater New York held its annual luncheon at regional headquarters in Manhattan on Sept. 17. The luncheon recognized long-term donors who have generously included the Red Cross in their estate plans, as well as those who have funded planned gifts.
Josh Lockwood, Greater NY regional CEO; Hugh Williams, Greater New York Red Cross Gift Planning Officer; and Sonja Ronovech, MPA, Recruitment Manager, American Red Cross Blood Services, addressed attendees.
“Your gifts help ensure that the Red Cross has the financial resources necessary to continue providing lifesaving programs and services to the people of our region for years to come,” Lockwood said. “We, and those we serve, are extremely grateful.”
“Those here today are just a few of the many generous Americans supporting the humanitarian efforts of the Red Cross here in Greater New York, in the U.S. and around the world,” Williams added.
Lockwood and Williams discussed the programs and services the Red Cross provides throughout the Greater New York region of New York City, Long Island, the Lower Hudson Valley and Greenwich, Conn.
These include helping military members through the Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces program; teaching emergency preparedness, as well as CPR and first aid; and responding to disasters. Lockwood also talked about recent disaster responses including the Harlem building explosion in March and the Hamilton Heights fire in August.
Ronovech spoke about Red Cross blood services in the Greater NY Region and explained how the Red Cross is ramping up more blood collection efforts in order to meet the local demand.
“Members of the Legacy Society play a critical part in expanding the services and role the American Red Cross has across the Greater New York Region,” she said. “Sharing information on the Biomedical line of service to these key individuals was a wonderful opportunity.”
For more information on the Legacy Society, please contact Hugh.Williams@redcross.org or (866) 423-3194.