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By: Chris Peralta

The new year is here, and that means Red Ball will be here before you know it! Red Ball is the black tie gala fundraiser for the Philadelphia chapter of the American Red Cross, with proceeds benefiting the Red Cross House, a center that provides care and support for families affected by disaster.

Red Ball has no shortage of fun to offer! Here are just a few things you’ll get to enjoy when Red Ball takes over Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday, March 30, 2019.

1. FOOD! Food is one of the biggest draws of Red Ball each year! With more than two dozen restaurants offering samples of their appetizers and desserts, there will be no shortage of options for you to fill your plate. Click here and scroll down for a full list of restaurants at Red Ball 2019!

2. LIVE MUSIC! Four bands will keep the music going all night long at Red Ball 2019! With an eclectic selection of music from different genres, you’ll no doubt hear some of your favorite tunes and show off your moves on one of the two dance floors.

Guests at Red Ball 2018 had plenty of tunes to keep them dancing.

3. SILENT AUCTION! Each year, guests leave Red Ball with all sorts of Philly sports memorabilia, from autographed footballs, to jerseys, to season tickets! The silent auction also offers fine wines, artwork, and goodie baskets – so no matter what your interests, you’re bound to find something to bid on!

4. LOCAL CELEBRITIES! From the Harlem Globetrotters, to Miss Philadelphia, to the Eagles cheerleaders, to Philly’s super star athletes, Red Ball’s guest list includes members of Philly’s own A-list. Catch some of them as they are interviewed live during the event, or snap a picture with them as you enjoy the event!

5. GAMES!  When you’ve had your fill of food and need a break from the dance floor, try your hand at some of the games at Red Ball! Corn hole and Jenga are guest favorites every year. If games aren’t your strength, snap some fun pictures at the photo booth!

Red Ball 2019 is taking place Saturday, March 30, 2019, at Lincoln Financial Field! Tickets are on sale now – get yours today!

By: Sophie Kluthe

Just because you’re young, doesn’t mean you can’t make a difference. It’s something we at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Red Cross witnessed first-hand this week, and we didn’t have to look very far to see it. 

Right across the street from our chapter office in Philadelphia, some tenacious students at the Albert M. Greenfield School were raising money — collecting change — with the hopes of creating change in the world around them.  

Students and teachers at the Albert M. Greenfield School pose for a photo with Regional Red Cross CEO, Guy Triano (far right).

John Neary, an 8th grade literacy teacher at the school told us what the fundraiser was about. “Earlier this school year, our school ran a charitable campaign called ‘World of Change.’  The campaign was organized and led by a group of middle school students in an after-school club called Student Voice.  Our belief is that even small acts of kindness can make a big difference in the world,” Neary said.  

He said each classroom was given six empty mason jars, with each jar representing an area of need: Hunger, Housing, Health, Literacy, Recreation, and Employment. Over the course of two weeks, students collected coins and donated them to the jars. The school nominated the American Red Cross as one of the organizations to possibly benefit from the money in the Health jar.  

“We put together a ballot, and our community voted on which organization would receive the money collected for each category. I am happy to say that the Red Cross was an overwhelming favorite!” Neary said. 

The Red Cross is the proud recipient of precisely $996.28! What we are equally as proud of, was the time and dedication the students at Albert M. Greenfield School put into collecting all the coins for the jars. It proves that no matter a person’s age, or the amount they have to give, every little bit counts!

By: Sophie Kluthe

Guests enjoying Red Ball 2018! Photo by: Daniel Moyer Photography

The Why:

On average, 91 cents of every dollar the American Red Cross spends is invested in services and programs. This is only possible through the generosity of donors like you.  When you give to the Red Cross, your donations support:

  1. Disaster Relief
  2. Home Fires
  3. Training and Certification
  4. Help to Military Families
  5. Health Care and Blood Drives
  6. International Efforts

Every year the Red Cross in Eastern PA conducts a number of signature events throughout region that would not be possible without the generous support of our community and sponsors. We welcome you to come out in support of these events as money raised goes back into the many services we provide to the local community.

The What, Where and When:

March 17, 2019 Pocono Telethon: Annual fundraising telethon and talent show www.redcross.org/poconotelethon 

March 30, 3019 Red Ball: Gala featuring dancing, auction and tastings from 30 premiere Philadelphia area restaurants www.redcross.org/RedBallPhilly 

April 12, 2019 Lehigh Valley Cabaret & Cuisine Annual fundraising dinner/dance- 90s theme: To the 90s and beyond www.redcross.org/Cabaret

April 16, 2019 Northeastern Pennsylvania Heroes Breakfast Awards ceremony hosted by the NEPA Chapter www.redcross.org/NEPAheroes

May 9, 2019 Berks County Heroes Breakfast Breakfast and awards ceremony www.redcross.org/BerksCountyHeroes

May 14, 2019 Red Cross Cup Golf Tournament A golf tournament, lunch, reception & dinner, contests, silent auction, and raffle www.redcross.org/RedCrossCup

May 19, 2019 Run for the Red Pocono Marathon Annual Marathon and 5K hosted by Pocono Chapterwww.redcross.org/PoconoMarathon

June 21, 2019 Bucks Heroes Breakfast and awards ceremony www.redcross.org/buckscountyheroes

By: Sophie Kluthe

My Experience 

I recently donated blood for the first time. It was something I’d always wanted to do, but couldn’t because of my travel history. I’ll admit, I was nervous at first because of a childhood fear of needles, but the staff at the donation center made my experience nearly painless. Especially compared to what the person who will receive my blood is going through.  

Feeling great after giving blood at the Blood Donation Center at 700 Spring Garden Street in Philadelphia.
Feeling great after giving blood at the Blood Donation Center at 700 Spring Garden Street in Philadelphia.

When I used to think about who was receiving these blood donations, I imagined car crash victims and other trauma patients. While these people do depend on life-saving blood, there are many others who rely on it as well. While I was rolling that foam ball around in my hand, I wondered if my blood might go to help a child battling leukemia, or a person who regularly needs blood transfusions to fight a chronic disease. Maybe it would it be used to help someone getting an organ transplant. Every two seconds someone in the United States needs a blood transfusion. If a trauma victim ends up in the emergency room, it’s the blood already on the shelves that will save their life.  

National Blood Donor Month 

This January the American Red Cross celebrates National Blood Donor Month, which has been observed in January since 1970 with the goal of increasing blood and platelet donations during winter. The colder months are typically the most difficult times of year to collect enough blood products to meet patient needs. During the winter months, bad weather often results in cancelled blood drives, and seasonal illnesses like the flu may cause some donors to become temporarily unable to donate. This winter, the need is especially urgent, since there weren’t as many people who donated in the fall compared to years past.

A Sweet Incentive

Throughout the month of January, presenting donors in Southern New Jersey and Southeast Pennsylvania will receive a voucher for a free medium Dunkin’ hot coffee and a classic donut, redeemable at participating Dunkin’ restaurants in the Greater Philadelphia Region, while supplies last. Blood donation appointments can be made by downloading the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or to receive more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. 

Regional Red Cross CEO, Guy Triano, kicks off the January promotion alongside Jessica Weissman, Integrated Marketing Manager for Philadelphia, Dunkin’ Brands

A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. 

Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.