Members of the University of Maine at Presque Isle Red Cross Club presented a check for $1155 to the American Red Cross of Northern & Eastern Maine this past week.

The club raised the funds during a successful Red & White Event Supper and Auction held earlier this spring at UMPI in celebration of National Red Cross Month in March.


Taking part in the check presentation are, from left, Carly Bell, club president; Leigh Belair, club co-advisor; Bonnie Corey, club member; Jonathan Cote, Aroostook Advisory Board Chair of the Northern & Eastern American Red Cross of Maine; Abigail Riitano, club member; and Kaitlyn Belanger, club member. Not pictured are Lisa Prescott, club co-advisor; and Errol Flynn, club member.  

March was first proclaimed as Red Cross Month in 1943 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as a way to raise awareness of the organization and its humanitarian mission in the midst of war. Since then, every president, including President Obama, has designated March as Red Cross Month. The American Red Cross is synonymous with helping people, and has been doing so for more than 130 years.

The Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on donations of time and money to carry out its vital work. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the American Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs.

More information about The American Red Cross of Maine can be found here.