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American Red Cross Honors America's Second Harvest at Heritage of Service Dinner

A Celebration of Inspiration and Hope

WASHINGTON, May 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Red Cross will honor America's Second Harvest with its prestigious Ernest P. Bicknell Award at the organization's Heritage of Service Dinner this evening. The Heritage of Service Dinner is a celebration to recognize the outstanding dedication and commitment from individuals, organizations, partners and corporations who enable the Red Cross to achieve its noble mission each year. America's Second Harvest is being recognized for its outstanding and generous partnership with the Red Cross in disaster response and preparedness. This national, donor recognition event will bring together members of Congress, military leaders, Washington dignitaries, corporate representatives and Red Cross partners and volunteers. Accepting the award for America's Second Harvest will be its President and CEO, Vicki Escarra.

"This event is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate with some of our most dedicated partners, such as America's Second Harvest," said Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, Chairman of the Red Cross. "Partnerships are the key to success. Working together, side by side, America's Second Harvest and the Red Cross are able to multiply our impact, change more lives and serve communities more effectively."

"We are deeply honored and humbled to receive the Ernest P. Bicknell award from the American Red Cross," said Vicki Escarra, president and CEO of America's Second Harvest. "We have worked very closely with the Red Cross over the years, providing disaster relief services across the country. We treasure our partnership with them."

In 1908, Ernest Bicknell was appointed the Red Cross National Director with a goal of revitalizing the membership program and introducing new reforms. He came to the Red Cross with an outstanding record as an experienced social worker and his selection reflected the Red Cross' goal of raising the standards of relief work. He had already been associated with the Red Cross during the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and had been General Superintendent of the Chicago Bureau of Charities. Able, loyal and enthusiastic, he remained with the American Red Cross for a quarter century. His ideas and proposals were instrumental in shaping the structure of the organization between 1909 and 1917.

America's Second Harvest has been instrumental in improving preparedness and the critical delivery of disaster relief to individuals and communities. America's Second Harvest has truly been a partner with the Red Cross in community preparedness and disaster response through its leadership with the National Voluntary Organizations Active in a Disaster Mass Care Committee and its work to establish standards of care for victims of disaster. Its network of food banks and the two billion pounds of food and grocery products it provides annually to the people of the United States have helped to strengthen many of America's most vulnerable communities. The Red Cross is privileged to have a partner like America's Second Harvest.

President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush will serve as Honorary Co-Chairs for the Dinner. General Richard B. Myers, USAF (RET), will serve as the Dinner Chair. General Myers and his wife, Mary Jo Myers, will be the emcees for the event. Preceding the dinner in the American Red Cross Hall of Service, there will be a reception from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. in the American Red Cross Board of Governors Hall in Washington, D.C.

The American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation's blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The American Red Cross is a charity, not a government agency, and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission.

America's Second Harvest

America's Second Harvest -- The Nation's Food Bank Network is the largest charitable domestic hunger-relief organization in the United States. Through its network of more than 200 member food banks, America's Second Harvest annually provides assistance to more than 25 million people in need, including more than 9 million children and nearly 3 million seniors in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Each year, America's Second Harvest secures and distributes more than 2 billion pounds of food and grocery products to support feeding programs at approximately 50,000 local charitable agencies, including food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, after-school programs, and Kids Cafes. To learn more, please visit

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