December 1998

Ruth Roberts

by Joseph H. RADDER

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Ruth Roberts leads a life dedicated to helping others. Still active in the Greater Buffalo Chapter of the American Red Cross, this 86-year-old began volunteering there in 1941. During World War II Ruth made surgical dressings and also made clothes for refugees.

Since then, Ruth’s volunteer efforts have focused on fundraising. Her work has been instrumental in securing major donations for the Chapter and to help safeguard the headquarters of the Chapter at the Clement Mansion.

In 1994 Ruth received the Clara Barton Volunteer Leadership Honor Award. In 1996 the Chapter named Ruth its outstanding Philanthropist of the Year for her challenge grant of $25,000 to help increase board donations. The Chapter then named the Ruth C. Roberts Society in her honor for annual gifts of $5,000 or more to the Chapter. This past October Ruth received the Empire State Volunteer of the Year Award, for which she was honored in Syracuse.

“Ruth Roberts is truly one of a kind,” said Nancy Blaschak, executive director of the Greater Buffalo Chapter.

“She is an inspiration to all those who have the privilege of knowing her and her devotion to the Red Cross is something few can match.”

Joseph H. Radder is a freelance writer.


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