Notable Names Join Red Cross Celebrity Cabinet

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The American Red Cross has unveiled its seventh annual National Celebrity Cabinet with fifteen new members. The National Celebrity Cabinet is part of a mobilizing force to urge people to perform extraordinary life-saving acts in dire circumstances through the assistance of the Red Cross.

Joining the Cabinet are Emmy Award winner Patricia Heaton, actress and “Dancing with the Stars” alum Jennie Garth, actor Masi Oka, pro skateboarder Tony Hawk, and NFL star Matt Leinart, who has already made a personal commitment to encourage CPR training nationwide.

Other new members include Penn Badgley of “Gossip Girl,” NASCAR champion Greg Biffle, Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees, Lisa Edelstein and Kal Penn of “House, M.D.,” Ana Ortiz of “Ugly Betty,” Sara Ramirez of “Grey’s Anatomy,” Judy Reyes of “Scrubs,” actress Brittany Snow and inspirational speaker and author Iyanla Vansant. In addition, the 2008 National Celebrity Cabinet will include thirty-two alumni, such as Super Bowl XLII MVP Eli Manning, Marcia Gay Harden, Miley Ray Cyrus, Julianne Moore, Elisabeth Rohm, Peyton Manning, Rascal Flatts and “Access Hollywood”’s very own Nancy O’Dell.

The 47 members of the 2008 National Celebrity Cabinet epitomize volunteer service to effect change, and throughout 2008, they will support the Red Cross and encourage others to change lives, starting with their own.

The 2008 National Celebrity Cabinet members are involved in one of the country’s largest volunteer networks and promote awareness of Red Cross services by participating in public service advertisements, donating their time, money and blood, aiding in disaster relief, and lending a helping hand to those in need.

The Red Cross has benefited from the involvement of public figures and celebrities dating back to World War I. Over the years, actors and artists committing their time and talents to the organization have played an important role in raising public awareness of Red Cross services nationwide.

Returning Celebrity Cabinet members including some names previously mentioned above: six-year veterans Heidi Klum, Marlee Matlin, Nancy O’Dell, Jane Seymour; five-year veterans Peyton Manning, Jimmie Johnson; four-year veterans Leeza Gibbons, Rascal Flatts; three-year veterans Sara Evans, Patti LaBelle, Julianne Moore, George Foreman; two-year veterans Jackie Chan, Jamie Lee Curtis, Marcia Gay Harden, Elisabeth Rohm, Eli Manning, Jimmy Smits, Daddy Yankee, Chayanne, Aisha Tyler, Pierce Brosnan, Amy Grant; one-year veterans Miley Ray Cyrus, Kristen Bell, Pat Green, actor Dwayne Johnson, Dr. Phil McGraw, Raven Symone, Niki Taylor, Burney Lamar and Bradley Whitford.

Sherry Lansing, former chairman and CEO, Motion Picture Group, Paramount Pictures and former member of the Red Cross Board of Governors, has once again agreed to chair this year’s National Celebrity Cabinet. “This is my sixth year serving as chair for the Celebrity Cabinet and it’s an honor to be a part of such a meaningful cause with such talented people,” said Lansing.

The American Red Cross provides relief to victims of disasters at home and abroad, collects and distributes nearly half of the nation's blood supply, teaches lifesaving skills, and supports military members and families. The American Red Cross, a charity and not a government agency, depends on voluntary contributions of time, money and blood to perform its humanitarian mission.

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