Red Cross Youth Volunteers Receive Presidential Service Awards

Red Cross Youth Council Volunteers Receive Presidential Awards
Port St. Lucie Ceremony Honors Dozens for Dedication to Service and their Community

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (April 5, 2012) — Patriotism and pride were evident in abundance throughout the Port St. Lucie offices of the American Red Cross Palm Beaches – Treasure Coast Region as 28 members of the local Red Cross Youth Council received U. S. Presidential recognition for their dedication to serving their communities and their country. The recent awards ceremony opened with the Pledge of Allegiance and was part of the President’s Volunteer Service Award program—a nationwide program launched in 2003 aimed at rewarding individuals, families, or groups for volunteer hours earned over a 12-month period or over the course of a lifetime. Red Cross Regional Executive, Rob Levine, recognized award winners for their service with an official pinning ceremony for two outstanding “Gold” volunteers and six “Bronze” volunteers who met the President’s criteria. All were presented with a lapel pin, personalized certificate and signed letter from President Barack Obama.

Eligible criteria for reaching the top “Gold” standard (silver and bronze are less) are:

•    Youth age 5-14 require a minimum of 100 hours to achieve “Gold” status
•    Young adults age 15-25 require a minimum of 250 hours for “Gold” status
•    Adults age 26+ need 500 hours to reach “Gold” status
•    Families must have over 1000 hours for “Gold” status
•    4,000 hours over a lifetime earns recipients the President’s Call to Service Award

The following youth were recognized in their respective categories (unless otherwise noted, all attend Lincoln Park Academy):
Presidential “Gold” Award
Athena Harris
Julian Tubellow-Cassinari

Presidential “Bronze” Award 
Annalie Albelo
David Lopez
Namrata Patel
Parthi Patel
Rishabhraj Patel
Ariel Rouse

Twenty others received Red Cross certificates of appreciation for hours served toward earning the prestigious award:
Robert Bacchus
Jenni Deleon        Port St. Lucie High
Corey Forbes
Eliza Gilbert
Branden Goldenberg
Natalie Hinojosa    St. Lucie West Centennial High
Nicolas Lopez
Matisha Madhav
Shail Madhav
Chandler Martin
Jeoval Montoya
Jonathan Moriarty
Nicole Orlino
Dishen Patel
Faizah Shareef
Jay Shulka
Mariana Villa        Port St. Lucie High
Jackie Villatoro        Port St. Lucie High
Porsha Washington
Tyler Webb        St. Lucie West Centennial High

About the President’s Volunteer Service Award:
The President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation (the Council) was established in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in our communities and encourage more people to serve. The Council created the President’s Volunteer Service Award program as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service. Learn more at http://www.presidentialserviceawards.gov/

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit http://www.redcross-pbc.org.

**PHOTO CUTLINE** Pictured L-R: Annalie Albelo, Parthi Patel, Athena Harris, Regional Executive Rob Levine, Ariel Rouse, David Lopez, RJ Patel, Namrata Patel, Julian Tubello-Cassanari, Executive Director of Regional Volunteer Management Sarah Ruwe, Youth Council Advisor Lori Cassanari

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