Today marks the celebration of our 14th annual Humanitarian of the Year luncheon where we honored local, national and international philanthropists Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein.
A crowd of nearly 600 attended the luncheon listening to stories of Red Cross work being done including:
- A heartwarming story of a local Somali woman, separated from her mother and daughter since fleeing her country 15 years ago. Ishla shared the story of how the global Red Cross and Red Crescent network brought her closer to her family.
- An interview with Westerville residents Patricia and her son, Specialist Joshua Caudill with the U.S. Army. The two recounted several instances where the Red Cross connected them during family emergencies.
- An update on Miss Daisy from the “Driving Miss Daisy” feature during last year’s event. Happily, Miss Daisy is doing well and continues to look forward to her rides with the Red Cross’ Community Transportation Program.
- An interview with Jeannie and Patrick who recalled their experiences with the Red Cross after a fire at their home . Fires, not hurricanes and tornadoes, are America’s most frequent disaster.
- A heartbreaking story from Andy Cecil who lost a friend and co-worker to sudden cardiac arrest. Andy also brought a message of hope, as he spoke of training every member of his staff to be prepared to respond should another emergency occur.
We also heard the inspiring story of how Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein continue to make a positive impact on the lives of Central Ohio residents. They truly are Humanitarians and we are so thankful to have them in our community!
In honor of this amazing event, we are giving away a vintage Disaster Preparedness Kit – a $60 value! Just leave your comment below by April 30th to be included in our drawing! The winner will be announced on our blog Monday, May 3rd. Good luck and thanks for making our 14th annual Humanitarian of the Year luncheon a success!