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American Red Cross Hosts Heritage of Service Dinner

A Celebration of Inspiration and Hope

WASHINGTON, May 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Tonight, the American Red Cross Heritage of Service Dinner will honor individuals, organizations and corporations whose outstanding dedication and commitment enables the organization to achieve its mission each and every day. This national recognition event, held at the historic American Red Cross Board of Governors Hall and Hall of Service, will bring together members of Congress, military leaders, Washington dignitaries, corporate representatives, and Red Cross partners and volunteers. State Farm(R) will be the presenting sponsor.

Leadership of the 2008 dinner includes Honorary Co-Chairs President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush; Dinner Chair General Richard B. Myers, USAF (RET); and Leadership Committee Co-Chairs Diane Bodman, Ivie Clay, Caryll Kyl, Marcelle Leahy, Deborah Mullen and Cynthia Rogers. General Myers and his wife, Mary Jo Myers, will emcee the event. The co-chairs will present the awards to the honorees.

Guests of the Heritage of Service Dinner will celebrate and honor the contributions of six partner corporations, organizations and a Red Cross volunteer for their excellence in supporting multiple Red Cross programs and services. FedEx Corporation will be recognized for its involvement in international humanitarianism. The Philadelphia Phillies will be thanked for their support of Red Cross blood drives in the Philadelphia area. Raytheon will be honored for its service to the U.S. military and America's Second Harvest for its partnership with the Red Cross in disaster preparedness and response. Telemundo will be recognized for its contribution in community service and preparedness through helping the Red Cross reach out to Spanish-speaking audiences. Ken Thompson, a long-time Red Cross volunteer, will be honored for his volunteer service, particularly for helping communities and families after the devastation of major disasters such as the Oklahoma City bombing and 9/11.

"The American Red Cross Heritage of Service Dinner is a celebration of our rich history of 127 years of service to America and an opportunity for the Red Cross to say thank you to our many partners and friends who ensure that we are able to carry out our noble mission year in and year out," said Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, Chairman of the Red Cross. "Together, the outstanding dedication and commitment of our volunteers, corporations, foundations, donors and partners allow the Red Cross to put America's compassion into action to change the lives of millions of people across the nation and around the world."

About 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.

About State Farm:

State Farm(R) has been an American Red Cross partner for over 50 years -- working together to help millions of Americans recover from all types of catastrophes. State Farm insures more cars and homes than any other insurer in the U.S., the leading insurer of watercraft and is also a leading insurer in Canada. State Farm's 17,000 agents and 68,000 employees serve over 76 million auto, fire, life and health policies in the United States and Canada, and more than 1.7 million bank accounts. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 32 on the Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit or in Canada

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