Red Cross honors volunteers

Sharen Kurtz of El Jebel helps herself to some watermelon at the American Red Cross Western Colorado Chapter volunteer appreciation picnic at Hawthorne Park Saturday.



Responsible for helping the largest area in Colorado, the Western Colorado Chapter of the American Red Cross depends on volunteers to operate.

The local chapter serves a 10-county area from Durango to Craig and Loma to Vail.

As a way to thank volunteers, the Western Colorado Chapter held its annual volunteer awards presentation and picnic Saturday at Hawthorne Park. Dozens of volunteers turned out for the party and to share time and stories with each other about being part of the Red Cross.

“There are a lot of different things the Red Cross does that people don’t know about,” said volunteer and local Red Cross board member Randy Bogart. “We support the community, and we hope the community supports us.”

From local and regional emergencies such as wildfires, plane crashes, mud slides, house fires and avalanches to national disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and Sept. 11, volunteers respond to help clothe, feed and shelter victims.

“If it wasn’t rewarding, I wouldn’t do it,” said Bogart, who went to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina several years ago and victims of a Clifton apartment complex fire earlier this year.

In addition to the picnic Saturday, several awards were presented:

• Peg Foster received an overall award for more than 20 years of service as a retiring board member.

• Sharen Kurtz, Marcy Haynie and Sister Barbara Aldrich also received awards for service.
Community partnership awards were given to EnCana, Williams Production and St. Mary’s Hospital for their continued financial assistance and support of the Red Cross.

• A media award was given to local TV station KJCT.


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