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January 31, 2013

Rice to chair annual ‘Heroes for the American Red Cross’

CLAREMORE — Rogers State University President Dr. Larry Rice has been selected the Chairman for the Rogers County 2013 “HEROES for the American Red Cross” Campaign.

The campaign will take place in Rogers County throughout the month of March, which is “National American Red Cross Month,” and have a goal of $30,000. 
The “Heroes for the American Red Cross” campaign invites members of the community, including individuals, businesses, schools, churches and community organizations, to volunteer to collect $1,000 to support the work of their local American Red Cross.  
“Heroes” can 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.  The funds are used to provide food, shelter and other necessities for those suffering from a disaster.   
“I’m proud to have been asked to Chair this year’s “Heroes for the American Red Cross” campaign.  Rogers State University has a long history of partnering with the American Red Cross, whether it’s holding blood drives on campus to co-sponsoring the annual murder mystery fundraising event,” Rice said. “The American Red Cross and its dedicated volunteers make a vital difference in our community every single day.  Whether it’s helping a family after a home fire, or opening shelters in a blizzard or after a tornado, if there is a need, the American Red Cross is always there.  We’ve seen that time and time again.  
“Funds raised through the Hero Campaign is what helps make that possible,” he said. “I invite everyone to join in as a Hero and make this the most successful campaign ever.”  
Home fires are the most common American Red Cross disaster response.  Last year, the local Rogers/Mayes/Wagoner County Service Center responded to 88 home fires, affecting 304 people, with nearly $45,500 in assistance provided in the three counties it serves. 

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