Red Cross Volunteer Excellence Awards honor 12 outstanding local volunteers

The more than 600 volunteers of the Southern Nevada Section also recognized at the Saturday event

LA VEGAS – The American Red Cross of Southern Nevada recognized 12 local volunteers at the annual Volunteer Excellence Awards ceremony on Saturday afternoon. Celebrating their distinguished service and dedication to the mission of the Red Cross, these volunteers gave a selfless donation beyond expectation to help the community.

The winners, along with the more than 600 Red Cross volunteers in southern Nevada, were recognized for their commitment to responding during last year’s devastating wildfire season, supporting relief efforts in nationwide disasters and responding to local home fires – providing services while navigating the global pandemic.

“Our volunteers are trained and dedicated to helping their neighbors, so no one has to go through an emergency or disaster alone,” said Rachel Flanigan, executive director of the American Red Cross Southern Nevada Chapter. “We count on the support and kindness of our volunteers who believe deeply in the mission of the Red Cross.

At this weekend’s virtual awards ceremony, the highest volunteer honor given, the Clara Barton Honor Award for Meritorious Volunteer Leadership, was posthumously awarded to Ronald Love for his tireless support of the Southern Nevada Chapter.

This event celebrated the extraordinary achievements of volunteers who respond to disasters, support military communities, prepare residents for the unexpected, help reconnect families separated by war and natural disasters, and help collect the blood that saves lives.

“Every day, I am grateful for the dedicated volunteers who are the heart of the American Red Cross,” said Stan Smith, chairman of the Southern Nevada Red Cross Board of Directors and vice president of management. emergency and general services at Boyd Gaming. “The need remains great, and I encourage others in our community to join our efforts.”

Winners include:

Ronald Love Clara Barton Honor Award for Meritorious Volunteer Leadership

Kari Tanaka Rising Star Volunteer Award

Stan Smith Board Member Recognition Award

Tim Lakers Biomedical Excellence Award

Kathy Canan Business Operations Volunteer Award

Tony Gelish Business Operations Volunteer Award

Heather McMurran Disaster Response Volunteer Awards

Eva Stowers International Service Prices

Jacky Smiley Armed Forces Service Volunteer Award

Pamela Hoffmann Volunteer Service Volunteer Award

Nikki Morachnick Special Citation for Outstanding Volunteer Service

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About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to disaster victims; provides about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches life-saving skills; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, service members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on the volunteers and generosity of the American public to carry out its mission. For more information, please visit Where cruzrojaamericana.orgor visit us on Twitter at @Red Cross.

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