Island Resort Championship at Sweetgrass

Watch an exciting tournament and feel good knowing you are supporting the American Red Cross!

Known as “the Road to the LPGA” since 1999, the Symetra Tour has been denoted as the LPGA’s official developmental tour. With over 33 years of structured competition and an average winning score of 68, it is guaranteed to be 3 days full of excitement.

The Island Resort Championship at Sweetgrass Symetra Tour takes place June 27th-29th in Harris, Michigan.

Tickets to this event are only $10 for the 3 days. Your ticket not only gets you into the tournament, but also qualifies you to win a prize from the daily $2,000 prize pool.

Tickets purchased benefit the American Red Cross and many other local organizations. Tickets are available through the Iron Mountain Red Cross office located at 427 S Stephenson Avenue #L108, Iron Mountain, MI or call (906)774-2494.


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The Power of a Blood Donation: Greg Honeywell

Greg_HoneywellGreg Honeywell has collected several fond memories during his 30-year tenure as a pilot. Among them are playing cards with musician John Denver and flying former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole and his wife and former American Red Cross president, Elizabeth Dole.

But when he flew above the destruction that tornadoes had left behind in Greensburg, Kan., in 2007, Greg saw something he’ll always remember — a long line of Red Crossmarked vehicles heading to the devastating scene.

“The Red Cross vehicles were actually on site before the National Guard vehicles,” he said. “I was so impressed by the immediate action of the disaster services team and eventually had to get involved with this organization.”

Greg, a senior loan officer and avid golfer, began volunteering as a blood drive coordinator with the Red Cross in the fall of 2010. Closely involved with the Better Business Bureau and serving as the membership director of his local chamber of commerce, he has developed many professional ties in his community and has inadvertently sparked business ventures through his Red Cross volunteerism.

“I’m talking to at least a dozen business people every day,” he said. “When anyone mentions volunteerism or wanting to get involved somehow, I’m there to say, ‘Donate blood.’” Greg helps coordinate several blood drives every year and is currently working closely with local businesses to ensure employees are given an hour to donate blood on days when the Red Cross is in town. Additionally, Greg said the online scheduling system has enhanced his recruitment efforts and overall experience as a volunteer.

“I never want to get paid for something like this,” he said. “I get all the reward I need when I see people leaving that feel like they’ve done something to make a difference. It’s that warm and fuzzy feeling.”


Mike Petrick named Volunteer of the Year at Volunteer Awards Banquet

Volunteer of the Year Mike Petrick with (l-r) Judy Gregory, Regional Manager, Disaster Program and Dawn Comer, Office Manager, Iron Mountain.

Mike Petrick, of Iron Mountain, Mich., was named Volunteer of the Year at the Volunteer Recognition Awards for the American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin,  June 12, 2012.

He was recognized for his work on the Disaster Team and contributions to emergency planning services. Petrick joined the Red Cross in 2006 and has served as the Disaster Action Team Chairperson and Lead Responder. In this role, he organized monthly Disaster Team meetings and responds to fire calls and other emergency needs. He is an active member of the Iron Mountain Office Advisory Board as well.

He represents Red Cross at the Local Emergency Planning meetings in both Dickinson County, MI and Florence County, WI. He also works with the Dickinson County Healthcare System disaster planning committee. He has worked for many years with the Iron Mountain office’s main fundraiser, Red for Red.

Petrick was awarded the Volunteer of the Year Award for his continued service to the American Red Cross, reliability and passion for helping people. We are excited to present this award to such a worthy recipient. 

Local Red Cross volunteer

April 21, 2011
By NIKKI YOUNK – Staff Writer , The Daily News,

IRON MOUNTAIN – An Iron Mountain man is continuing his many years of service through the American Red Cross by volunteering for the tornado relief operation in North Carolina.

Vic Seppi departed on Wednesday for Raleigh, N.C. He will spend the next three weeks working as a warehouse supervisor.

“Vic will be responsible for helping manage supplies and other resources in a Red Cross warehouse where supplies will be coming in and going out to help those affected,” explained Nick Clippert, emergency services manager for the East Central Wisconsin chapter of the Red Cross.

This type of work is not new to Seppi. He has been volunteering with the Red Cross since he retired as the Sagola postmaster in 1998.

Seppi estimated that he has gone on 25 different relief assignments across the country in that time period. His resume includes volunteer work at ground zero after the World Trade Center attacks and in the Gulf Coast region after Hurricane Katrina.

Although the work can be intense at times, Seppi said that he enjoys volunteering over and over again.

“I’m just happy to go out on a relief operation again and be able to help people in need,” said Seppi.

Anyone interested in becoming an American Red Cross volunteer can stop by the Iron Mountain office at 427 S. Stephenson Avenue or call 774-2494.

American Red Cross Deploys Third Local Worker to assist with Southern Tornadoes

Marquizia Winston enjoys a sandwich at the American Red Cross shelter at the Garner United Methodist Church in Garner, N.C. Photo: Daniel Cima/American Red Cross

American Red Cross volunteer, Vic Seppi, from Iron Mountain, will be deploying to Raleigh, NC today to assist the relief operation for those affected by deadly tornadoes in the North Carolina area last weekend. He will be assisting in logistics as a Warehousing Supervisor. Vic will obtain his specific assignment and location once he lands inRaleigh,NC.  

“Vic will be responsible for helping manage supplies and other resources in a Red Cross warehouse where supplies will be coming in and going out to help those affected,” said Nick Clippert, Emergency Services Manager, East Central WI Chapter. “This will be one of many deployments for Vic who loves to go out and help people in any way he can.  It is great to know that we have wonderful volunteers like Vic in our area to help out when there is a need.” 

Vic has gone out on over 15 national disaster assignment including floods, wildfires, tornadoes, hurricanes, he has seen it all. “I am just happy to go out on a relief operation again and be able to help people that are in need,” said Vic Seppi. He has been a local volunteer with the Red Cross since 1998.

Vic is the third local Red Cross person to be deployed to help with the Southern Tornadoes. Earlier today, Tom Powell will deploy to Jackson, MSto assist as a mental health supervisor. Sunday, April17, Barbara Behling, regional community development officer for the American Red Cross Northeast Wisconsin, arrived inRaleigh,NC. She is working with the Red Cross Public Affairs Team.

The Red Cross depends on financial donations to help people affected by disasters like these tornadoes and wildfires. You can help by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross,P.O. Box 37243,Washington,DC20013.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at