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Gov. Ricketts, First Lady Kick Off American Red Cross Centennial

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The American Red Cross is celebrating 100 years in Nebraska in 2017.



LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts and First Lady Susanne Shore hosted the American Red Cross in Nebraska for a news conference at the State Capitol to kick off the organization’s centennial birthday celebration.


“For 100 years, the American Red Cross has played a key role in helping support our communities not only in crisis, but also with day-to-day needs and preparation,” said Governor Ricketts.  “Throughout 2017, the Red Cross will be hosting events across the state to celebrate their 100 year anniversary.  Susanne and I encourage Nebraskans to get involved, and to consider volunteering for the Red Cross as a part of the Nebraska Impact Initiative.”


Centennial celebration events hosted by the American Red Cross in Nebraska include:


  • Experience the History Centennial Celebration in Lincoln on March 18th
  • Heartland Heroes and Jazz Event in Grand Island on May 4th
  • Heroes Gala in Omaha on June 10th


“Since 1917 the Nebraska volunteers of the American Red Cross have helped the men and woman of our armed forces during peace time and during war,” said American Red Cross Regional CEO Jill Orton.  “In the coming months we are going to honor and celebrate the accomplishments of the thousands of Nebraska volunteers and donors.  We invite everyone to join us at these events, and most importantly we invite everyone to join our team and volunteer for one of our many departments, or to donate blood and become one of the many heroes that I am proud to work with each day.”


At the ceremony, Governor Ricketts signed a proclamation declaring March as American Red Cross Month in Nebraska.  For more information on how to volunteer for the American Red Cross as a part of the Nebraska Impact Initiative, please visit

Gov. Ricketts, First Lady Kick Off American Red Cross Centennial