2010-07-29 / General Stories

Cornyn to Deliver Keynote At Red Cross of Central Texas Youth Leadership Retreat

Senator Will Honor Red Cross-Trained Student Hero

Austin, July 22, 2010- U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) will honor 17-year old Jenny Thomas, who saved her friend’s life using her Red Cross training. Ms. Thomas will receive the Certificate of Merit, the highest honor bestowed on a lay person by the American Red Cross. The award is signed by President Barack Obama. The presentation will take place during the American Red Cross of Central Texas’ Youth Leadership Development Retreat on Saturday, July 24th at St. Edwards University in Austin. Sen. Cornyn’s remarks will begin at 12:20pm in Jones Auditorium on the first floor of the Ragsdale Center. The retreat is an intensive, two day conference on social awareness, community engagement, philanthropy, and personal development. Nearly half of the students attending will be military dependents, who have dealt with the unique challenges associated with having parents serving in the military.

Sen. Cornyn will speak to Texas youth about leadership and the responsibility they have as America’s future. As the son of a World War II veteran, Sen. Cornyn will also speak personally to the important sacrifices and contributions that children of military parents make on the home front.

“We are so proud of Jenny, who used her Red Cross training to save a life. It is truly fitting that Jenny will receive her award from Sen. Cornyn, a man who himself has dedicated his life to helping others,” said CEO Marty McKellips.

There will also be a short Q & A session where participants will have the opportunity to ask the Senator questions. Sen. Cornyn will be available for media questions immediately following his remarks. For further information contact Amir Roohi at 512-929-1293 or aroohi@centex.redcross.org.

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