Claremore Daily Progress

February 5, 2014

Portiss named chair for upcoming ‘Heroes’ campaign

Tom Fink
Claremore Progress

CLAREMORE — Port of Catoosa Port Director Bob Portiss has been named  chairman for the upcoming Rogers County 2014 “Heroes for the American Red Cross” campaign.  

The campaign is scheduled throughout the month of March, also National American Red Cross Month, with a goal of $35,000.

 “Heroes for the American Red Cross” is an annual campaign, during which, members of the community, including individuals, businesses, schools, churches and community organizations are encouraged to volunteer to raise $1,000 or more to support the work of their local American Red Cross.  

“Heroes” may choose how they want to raise the funds — through fund drives, financial donations, special events or business promotions.  All money raised through the Hero Campaign stays in Rogers County to help those suffering after a disaster, like a home fire or flood, with assistance with their immediate emergency needs, such as temporary lodging, food and clothing.

 “I’m honored to have been asked to chair this year’s ‘Heroes for the American Red Cross’ campaign,” Portiss said.  “I think we’ve all seen and maybe even personally experienced some service or resource provided by the American Red Cross — whether it’s helping a family after a home fire or responding to a disaster like a tornado, if there is a need, the American Red Cross and their dedicated volunteers can always be counted on to be there to help.  

“Now, it’s our turn to help them,” he continued. “Money raised through this campaign helps to ensure that they have adequate resources available to respond at a moment’s notice to disasters and provide victims assistance with their immediate emergency needs of temporary lodging, food and clothing.”

According to the American Red Cross, home fires are the most common (American Red Cross) disaster response.  

Last year in Rogers County, the local Rogers/Mayes/Wagoner County Service Center responded to 34 fires, affecting 125 people, and providing close to $21,500 in direct assistance.  

In all three counties the service center covers there were 85 home fires responded to, affecting 344 people, with over $52,000 in assistance provided.

Additionally, when family members have an emergency and they need to contact a military member who is deployed, the American Red Cross is the communications link between the service members and their families back home.  Last year in Rogers County, there were 28 military communications sent and in all three counties there were 64 sent.   

 “We’re extremely pleased to have Bob (Portiss) as this year’s Rogers County ‘Heroes for the American Red Cross’ campaign chair,” said Mark Ogle, director, Rogers/Mayes/Wagoner County Service Center. “With Bob’s leadership skills and enthusiasm for his community, I know that this will be another successful campaign.

To learn more about becoming a “Hero” for the American Red Cross, contact Bob Portiss at (918) 266-2291, e-mail him at, or contact Mark Ogle at (918) 344-8442, or by e-mail at

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters, supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood, teaches skills that save lives, provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families.

The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.