American Red Cross of Mid-South

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Tiffany Circle: A Very Special Group

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New Tiffany Circle Member Hack Witherington receives her Tiffany Circle bracelet from Louise Bairnsfather, Member and Co-Chair of the Nashville, Tennessee, area Tiffany Circle. Photo Credit: Paul Nolte/American Red Cross

The Tiffany Circle Society of Women Leaders is a group of over 800 women philanthropists across the nation who give their time, talent, and treasure to the American Red Cross. Between July 1, 2007 and June of 2013, members of the Tiffany Circle provided over $50 million in support of the humanitarian mission of the Red Cross.

Our local chapter of the Tiffany Circle is a critical component of the network of volunteers and donors who support the work of the Mid-South Chapter of the Red Cross in alleviating suffering in the immediate aftermath of disaster, be it a single home fire, or a wide-spread disaster due to flooding, tornado or other natural or manmade emergency.

Members of the Mid-South chapter of the Tiffany Circle recently gathered to welcome a new member, Hack Witherington. A native of Covington, Tennessee, Witherington is a long-time employee of Federal Express and has lived in many different places around the world on assignments for the company. Currently, she is a Program Management Advisor at FedEx TechConnect. Her work with the Red Cross carries on a family tradition started by her mother, Mary Harvey Witherington, who joined the American Red Cross during World War II and was sent to help set up entertainment facilities for military troops in the Philippines. “My mother would be delighted to know that I’ve become involved with the American Red Cross,” said Hack Witherington.

Victoria Raleigh, Southeast and Caribbean Director of Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces

Victoria Raleigh, Southeast and Caribbean Director of Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces. Photo Credit: Paul Nolte/American Red Cross

Victoria Raleigh, Southeast and Caribbean Division Director of Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces (SAF), was the guest speaker at the Tiffany Circle gathering. Through the medium of a fictitious story about a young member of the armed forces, Raleigh effectively illustrated the emergency communications and emergency financial assistance function of SAF, as well as the training and information services provided by SAF for members of the military both before and after deployment.

Members of the Tiffany Circle also participated in the holiday Mail for Heroes campaign by preparing more than 300 holiday cards for active duty members of the military, veterans, and patients at Veteran’s Affairs hospitals.

The Tiffany Circle is named for the Louis Comfort Tiffany stained glass windows at the Red Cross National Headquarters in Washington, DC. This unique work of art was financed by the philanthropic collaboration of women of the north and south following the Civil War. Their joint gift of $10,000 to make the windows is commemorated by a Tiffany Circle’s member’s annual gift to the Red Cross and embodies the virtues of the women depicted in the windows: hope, mercy, faith, charity, truth and fortitude.

For more information about Tiffany Circle, contact Gail Milnor at 901-672-6355 or gail.milnor@redcross.org

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Red Cross charm on a Tiffany Circle bracelet designed from image on the Louis Comfort Tiffany stained glass window at Red Cross National Headquarters. Photo Credit: Paul Nolte/American Red Cross

Tiffany Circle bracelets. A different charm, designed based on images from the Louis Comfort stained glass window at Red Cross National Headquarters, is added for each year of service.

Tiffany Circle bracelets. A different charm, its design based on images from the Louis Comfort stained glass window at Red Cross National Headquarters, is added for each year of service. Photo Credit: Paul Nolte/American Red Cross

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