Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Regional Executive Corner with Joel Sullivan - May 2015
The American Red Cross relies on communities across the nation for their time, talent and treasure. As an agency that is chartered by the Federal government but not funded by the government, we rely on generous contributions from the American public.
Volunteers, staff, partners and donors all came together May 14th for the Nashville Area Chapter’s HCA/TriStar Health Lifesaver Breakfast. After a year of planning and coordination, the team held an extraordinary event and raised a record-setting amount of nearly $740,000. Over 800 of Nashville’s most influential business and community leaders attended the annual breakfast that shared the mission of the American Red Cross and raised the financial funding resources necessary to provide core humanitarian services in our Chapter.
The HCA/TriStar Health Lifesaver Breakfast, chaired by Dr. and Mrs. Harry Jacobson, featured Steve Forbes as the keynote speaker. Mr. Forbes is Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media, a renowned author and philanthropist. Tennessee State Governor Bill Haslam opened the program, followed by a special performance of the National Anthem by the Willis Clan.
I am very thankful for our donors of time, talent and treasure. Their investment in the American Red Cross will not be measured in financial ratios, but in the smiles our team puts back on the faces of victims in disaster…the hope we instill in clients that everything will be okay even though all has been lost…the pride a military member has when he or she gets called home by the Red Cross to hold his or her newborn baby or the life that was saved by CPR or a pint of blood.
You make our community the village that it takes to provide help where it is needed most at exactly the right time and exactly the right place. On behalf of your American Red Cross team, Thank You for helping us help others! Thank you to all who made this year’s breakfast a huge success, and thank you to our generous sponsors listed below for their support.
“It takes a village” and I am thankful to be a part of the village that has invested in its future.
Franklin American Mortgage
Jan & Harry Jacobson
Community Health Systems
Informatics Corporation of America
MaryEllen & Tom Rodgers
Vanderbilt Bone & Joint
GE Capital Healthcare Financial Services
Cheryl L. Read & Associates
Regina & Peter Rousos