Ever since I joined the American Red Cross in 2007, I have participated in many blood drives, athletic events, donor/volunteer appreciation ceremonies, and speaking engagements on behalf of the charitable organization. On June 6, I had the privileged opportunity to speak at their 5th Annual Tiffany Circle Summit in Washington D.C.
Founded in 2007, the Tiffany Circle is a society of women leaders and philanthropists from 75 different communities across the country who commit a minimum of $10,000 a year in support of Red Cross work. The summit is an opportunity for members to share their best Red Cross practices, allowing others to implement these new ideas in their communities. Tiffany Circle members have raised more than $32 million for the American Red Cross in the last five years
I had the honor to present my story with supermodel and Red Cross Celebrity Cabinet member Niki Taylor. Just like me, she was also in a very severe car crash several years ago and had a miraculous recovery. We took turns discussing the work that we do with the American Red Cross, sharing our personal stories of our emergency treatment and how we both needed many blood donations to survive during our time of need.
Also in attendance at the Summit were former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands, Grammy-winning musician Wynonna Judd, legendary vocalist Michael W. Smith, author and Good Morning America contributing editor Lee Woodruff, whose husband, Bob, was hit by a roadside bomb while covering the war in Iraq for ABC News. In addition, inspired by the generosity of the American people in response to the Japan earthquake and Pacific tsunami, Mr. Tadateru Konoe, who serves as the president of both the Japanese Red Cross Society and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
The women of the Tiffany Circle follow in the footsteps of a long line of women leaders who have helped the Red Cross serve the American public in times of war and peace with disaster assistance, blood collection, safety training and countless other community assistance services. They personify virtues at work in the Red Cross Movement: hope, mercy, faith, charity, truth and fortitude.