On December 13, 2005, American Red Cross Senior Major Gifts Officer Barbara O’Reilly paid a personal visit to AGBU Central Office in New York to thank the organization for its generous $100,000 donation in support of Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Present for this special meeting were AGBU Central Board Member Michael Ansour, AGBU Director of Central Board Programs Anita Anserian and staff.
In quick response to the natural disaster in the American Gulf States, the AGBU Central Board of Directors, through special relief contributions, donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross. Over its 100 year history, AGBU has always responded to the plight of victims impacted by war and natural disasters, and supports the Red Cross so that it may continue its important work in helping the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
It is worthy to note that the Red Cross has a long history of helping Armenians around the world. In fact in 1896, American Red Cross founder Clara Barton traveled to Constantinople on the organization’s first-ever international humanitarian effort to bring relief to Armenian victims of Turkish oppression.