Red Cross CEO Gail McGovern to Address Haiti Recovery at National Press Club, Jan. 12

Dec 17, 2010, 12:16 ET from National Press Club

Haiti Relief Efforts Expected to Face Challenges on One-Year Anniversary of 2010 Earthquake

WASHINGTON, Dec. 17, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Gail J. McGovern, President and CEO of the American Red Cross, will deliver a speech entitled "One Year after the Haiti Earthquake: Progress and Challenges" at a National Press Club luncheon on Jan. 12, 2011.

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McGovern, head of the nation's largest humanitarian organization, will address ongoing recovery efforts in the wake of the Haitian 2010 earthquake, outlining challenges that have slowed the pace of progress and needs that remain.  McGovern will discuss the impact post-earthquake developments such as the cholera outbreak, fallout from Hurricane Tomas, and election-related unrest.  She will also discuss American Red Cross spending and program plans for the year ahead in shelter, health, and financial assistance.  The charity reported receiving more than $475 million in donations for Haiti, including a record-setting $32 million in text donations.

McGovern, named twice among Fortune magazine's most powerful women in corporate America, worked previously as a professors at Harvard Business School, as president of Fidelity Personal Investments, and as a senior executive for AT&T.

The National Press Club luncheon will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m., and McGovern's remarks will begin just after 1:00 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session. Advance reservations should be made by contacting reservations at the National Press Club, (202) 662-7501 or reservations@press.org. Cost of luncheon admission is $18 for National Press Club members, $29 for their guests, and $36 for general admission.

To submit a question in advance, put MCGOVERN in the subject line and email to president@press.org before 11 a.m. on the day of the luncheon.

Credentialed press may cover this event with proper ID. For media questions contact NPC Speakers Committee at melcharbonneau@aol.com.

The National Press Club is located at 14th and F Streets, NW, one block west of Metro Center. For more information about the Club and its programs, go to www.press.org.

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