Scottsdale residents honored by Red Cross for volunteer work

(Photo by the American Red Cross)

(Photo by the American Red Cross)

Comforting victims of disasters, organizing blood drives and easing troops back into civilian life are among the ways that American Red Cross volunteers in the Greater Phoenix area help alleviate human suffering.

The Red Cross Greater Phoenix Chapter on April 16 celebrated its century of service in Arizona and presented awards to volunteers who have made a difference through their acts of courage, compassion and leadership.

Award winners are:

  • Betty Grenig Service to Armed Forces Award: William Sleasman of Sun City;
  • Bill Bombeck Disaster Volunteer of the Year: Martha Iskyan of Fountain Hills;
  • Clara Barton Volunteer of the Year: Bob Wiedower of Phoenix;
  • International Humanitarian Service Award: Alexa Magee of Scottsdale;
  • Volunteer-Red Cross Employee Partnership Award: Linda Griggs and Manasa Nanduri, both of Phoenix;
  • Randi Knappenberger Exceptional Volunteer of the Year Award: Joy Richards of Glendale;
  • Rookie of the Year: Michael Young of Phoenix;
  • Volunteer of the Year: Kayvon Tadj of Scottsdale.

“The American Red Cross, through its strong network of volunteers, donors and partners, is always there in times of need. We aspire to turn compassion into action so that all people affected by disaster across the country and around the world receive care, shelter and hope,” stated David Emerson, CEO for the American Red Cross Arizona-New Mexico-El Paso Region, in a press release.  “There are always trained individuals nearby ready to use their Red Cross skills to save lives.”

The Red Cross Greater Phoenix Chapter, which serves Maricopa and Pinal counties, has about 1,000 adult volunteers and 500 youth volunteers who donated about 105,000 hours to help people in need.

For more information about volunteering, call the Red Cross Greater Phoenix Chapter at 602-336-6660 or go to

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