Wednesday, 13 May 2009 17:45
Under sunny skies, over 200 people took part in the 2nd Annual, Cross Walk for Local Disaster Relief at Eisenhower Park on April 25 and raised nearly $10,000 for the American Red Cross in Nassau County. Among the walkers were members of W. T. Clarke High School’s Red Cross Club.
The funds raised at the event will help the local chapter respond to incidents – like house fires – and provide food, shelter and emotional support for those affected. Last year, nearly 700 Nassau residents received assistance from the Nassau Red Cross.
When you think about it, losing your home in a fire is just as much of a disaster as a hurricane or flood,” said Nassau Red Cross CEO Frank Cassano.
The Nassau Red Cross enlisted the support of several sponsors to help make the event happen, including the United Way of Long Island; the New York Islanders; Coca Cola; WBLI 106.1 FM; Starbucks; Panera Bread; Fairway Markets; Trader Joes; Entenmann’s; and Modell’s Sporting Goods.
Participants have until May 30 to collect and turn in their pledges. It is hoped that further funds will be raised for the event. The American Red Cross in Nassau County relies on the generosity of individuals who donate their time or money to perform its mission.
To learn more about the Nassau Red Cross, visit the chapter at 195 Willis Avenue in Mineola, or log onto www.nassauredcross.org.