November 13, 2017 3:03 pm

Hi! I hope everyone is well. I have been meaning to get this blog post to you about my recent trip to Washington D.C. for the 2017 Red Cross Women’s Leadership Summit! Last month, Chris and I had the honor to travel to our nation’s capital to celebrate 10 years of the American Red Cross Tiffany Circle. In the last ten years, the Tiffany Circle has contributed nearly $100,000,000 in support of disaster relief and recovery, blood collection and distribution, health and safety training, and many other services. I am so proud to be a member of the Tiffany Circle and happy that Lago Mar has been able to generously support the Red Cross over the last several years.

I remember when I was a young girl, my parents, chairing the Red Cross Ball in Palm Beach. I remember helping my mom set up that day and how spectacular the ballroom looked. I think there was a circus theme with real animals. Since I am 51 now that means that the Red Cross has been near and dear to our hearts for a long, long time!

The experience Chris and I had at the conference was amazing and meant even more to us since the recent struggles we have been following with Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Just during these three storms, the Red Cross has provided more than 5.3 million meals and snacks and more than 2.5 million relief items. One of the highlights of the weekend was the Friday night Celebration of Philanthropy Dinner at the gorgeous United States Institute of Peace overlooking the Lincoln Memorial with Tiffany Circle member Amy Grant delivering the evening’s keynote address and performance. My personal favorite was the Chairman’s Dinner at the National Portrait Gallery on Saturday evening. Chairman Bonnie McEleveen-Hunter, who is the most remarkable woman I have ever met, addressed us and then led us in a celebration of our heroes in uniform, the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. She even joked that, although the Tiffany Circle members had beautiful long gowns on, the best-dressed people in the room were those in uniform. I love it! Jordin Sparks, American Idol winner, ended the night with some of her popular singles. It was an incredible evening and a whirlwind weekend! Thank you to the Red Cross for all you do.


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