We rely on the support of people from all walks of life here at home and overseas. But, did you know that a portion of our volunteers and donators are also celebrities? We have partnerships with well-known public figures from a variety of categories such as athletes, musicians, actors, television personalities, and more. Their efforts and stories help us extend our reach to multiple people; maybe you’ve seen a few yourself?
The 9th season of The Bachelorette aired May 27, 2013 and featured bachelorette Desiree Hartsock. The American Red Cross was featured during the week 4 episode on June 17th. Desiree, her date, and a Red Cross representative toured the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. It was here that they met some of the victims of the hurricane, learned of its impact, listened to their stories, and learned what could be done to help.
March 3, 2013 marked the start of the “All-Star” Celebrity Apprentice. The show featured different celebrities making business decisions in hopes of raising funds and awareness for a charity of their choosing. American Red Cross spokesman Trace Adkins not only competed on our behalf, but he also won the contest raising more than 1.5 million dollars during the show. His dedication and support also earned him the Red Cross Crystal award in recognition of his efforts.
The American Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet was developed in 2002 to help the Red Cross highlight important initiatives and response efforts. Celebrity members are “on-call” for a full year term to help support in our mission, message, events, education, and relief efforts both locally and abroad. The current chair of the group is former CEO of Paramount Pictures, Sherry Lansing. This year’s cabinet features such names as Trace Adkins, Sara Evans, Eli & Peyton Manning, Demi Lovato, Amanda Peet, and Darius Rucker.
Many celebrities have also shared stories on how American Red Cross has had an impact on their lives.
Jackie Chan: “When I was a young schoolboy at the Beijing Opera Academy in Hong Kong, I was very poor and yearned for some of the most basic things in life. My fellow students were in similar need and it was at this time that a representative from the Red Cross arrived, bringing us supplies. My classmates and I were so grateful and touched and I vowed to always remember this generosity.”
Jane Seymour: “It’s a great honor to be asked to take part in this worthwhile endeavor for the American Red Cross for another year. I can tell you from personal experience that the time I spend volunteering and working with other volunteers has enriched my life. I look forward to continuing to support the Red Cross during the next year and as a mother, I hope to make a difference, especially with children’s issues.”