PUBLISHED: 4:53 PM on Wednesday, March 12, 2008
American Red Cross to host Alaskan Luau March 22 at Centennial Hall
JUNEAU - The American Red Cross of Alaska is celebrating the arrival of spring with an island twist, an Alaskan Luau. And not only is the Red Cross springing forward, but we are also taking time to look back at the history of this organization and celebrate those who's vision became a living legacy of preparedness and response.

Visionaries such as Clara Barton who founded the American Red cross on May 21st, 1881 on the steps of our nations capital. Barton headed the Red Cross for 23 years. During that time the first domestic and international relief efforts were executed and awareness was brought to the battlefield with increased communications between soldiers and their families during the Spanish/American War.

Dr. Charles Drew whom in 1941 became the director of the first Red Cross blood donor bank program and would receive national recognition amongst his peers as a pioneer in blood collection and plasma processing.

Jane Delano who not only was a pioneer in the Red Cross nursing movement, but also a visionary in modern nursing, bringing the images of care and compassion to life on a grand scale.

These are just a few who we will celebrate and remember this month and we invite you to help us continue the mission and increase awareness throughout our nation of preparedness and response by attending the island fundraiser on March 22 at 6:30 PM at Centennial Hall, an Alaskan Luau.

We will be serving up traditional island food, a live band, dancing and the always-fantastic silent auction. Tickets are available at both Hearthside Books location's, through the Red Cross website at or by calling our offices at 463-5713. Tickets are $90.00 for two or $50.00 for a single.

So come and celebrate spring and the continued mission of the Red Cross and have a fun time doing it, with your support, together we can help our communities prevent, prepare for and respond to disasters.