Regional Red Cross Wins Top “Tiffany Circle” Honor


Front row: Lisa Williams, Donna Boortz, Jo Dee Messina, Amy Owen. Back; Cindy Eitel, Mary Frank Madera, Nancy Donovan, Melanie Sabelhaus, Deirdre Mann.

American Red Cross Tiffany Circle members from our region joined fellow women leaders and funders from across the nation in Washington, D.C. June 1 – 3 for a weekend of learning, sharing and networking.

The sixth annual Women’s Leadership Summit celebrated the Tiffany Circle members who have raised more than $40 million for the Red Cross since 2007 and work to further advance the power of women as a force for good.

“Generous donors are the reason the Red Cross is able to be there every day to help people in their time of need,” Heidi Ruster, CEO, Florida’s Southern Gulf Coast Region. “We’re thrilled that our Tiffany women represented our community at this prestigious event.”

Florida’s Southern Gulf Region was honored with the “Best Mid-Sized Region” award for its strong membership and member involvement in the past year. Currently, there are 19 Tiffany Circle members in our region.

The Tiffany Circle is a society of women leaders and philanthropists from 68 regions across the country who commit a minimum of $10,000 a year in support of Red Cross work. The yearly summit is an opportunity for members to share their best Red Cross practices, allowing others to implement these new ideas in their communities.

“We are so proud of the work we do and are looking forward to another great year,” Tiffany Circle Co-Chair Cindy Eitel said. “The best part is how much fun we have when we are together.”

Highlights of the Summit included an inspiring keynote address by former First Lady, Mrs. Laura Bush; and featured speaker, Quebec’s First Lady, Michele Dionne, a Red Cross volunteer, who shared practical insights from her personal experiences. Award-winning country music star, Jo Dee Messina, entertained a delighted group.

Red Cross partners, Wells Fargo, Lifetime Television and Northern Trust generously sponsored Summit events.


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