Claremore Daily Progress

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April 22, 2014

Port of Catoosa companies are Red Cross “Heroes”


Recently during the month of March, the local American Red Cross service center held it’s annual “HEROES for the American Red Cross” Campaign.  This is the only formal fundraising campaign they conduct each year.  This year’s Champaign Chairman is Bob Portiss, Port Director, Tulsa Port of Catoosa.  The goal is to raise $35,000. 
The “HEROES for the American Red Cross” Campaign is a grassroots campaign where members of the community (individuals, businesses, schools, churches or community organizations) come together to raise money to support the local work of the American Red Cross.  All money raised during the campaign stays local to help those suffering after a disaster, like a home fire or flood, with assistance with their immediate emergency needs (temporary lodging, food and clothing).  
 The following Port of Catoosa companies served as “Heroes” —  Air Products & Chemicals, Inc., AZZ Galvanizing Services, Bennett Steel Inc., Cargill Energy Transportation and Metals, Fleming Building Company, Inc., Gavilon Fertilizer LLC., ISTI Plant Services, Kloeckner Metals Processing, Linde Processing Plants, Inc., TMK IPSCO, Tuloma Stevedoring, Inc., Tulsa Port of Catoosa, Valmont Nemark, Valmont Oklahoma Galvanizing and Viking Packing Specialist.
 “I am so pleased so many Port of Catoosa companies are participating in the “Heroes for the American Red Cross” campaign, but I am not surprised.  These companies, their leadership and employees are always there to support their community,” said Bob Portiss, “Heroes for the American Red Cross” Campaign Chairman.  “Thanks to their help today, it will help insure that the American Red Cross will there anytime and anywhere for someone following a disaster.”
 Last year in Rogers County, the local American Red Cross service center responded to 34 fires, affecting 125 people, and providing close to $21,500 in direct assistance.  
In all three counties (Rogers, Mayes and Wagoner) the service center covers there were 85 home fires responded to, affecting 344 people, with over $52,000 in assistance provided.  

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