“Miracle on the Hudson” survivor, Dave Sanderson was guest speaker.
SARASOTA, FL, Friday, January 29, 2016…The American Red Cross of Southwest Florida honored donors and supporters at a January 28, 2016 “Compassion in Action” cocktail reception held at the Northern Trust Building in Sarasota. Guest speaker, Dave Sanderson, renowned motivational speaker who was the last passenger to exit US Airways Flight 1549 after its miraculous landing, otherwise known as the “Miracle on the Hudson” spoke to over 60 honored guests about the Red Cross’ mission.
Dave Sanderson is an inspirational survivor, speaker and author. His thoughts on leadership have made him an internationally sought-out speaker. When US Airways Flight 1549, or “The Miracle on the Hudson,” ditched into the Hudson River on January 15, 2009, Dave Sanderson knew he was exactly where he was supposed to be.
The last passenger off the back of the plane on that fateful day, he was largely responsible for the well-being and safety of others, risking his own life in frigid water to help other passengers off the plane.
Despite the hazards to himself, Sanderson thought only of helping others and emerged from the wreckage with a mission: to encourage others to do the right thing.
Sanderson has appeared at countless fundraisers that have raised over $7.5 million for the American Red Cross. He continues to donate his speaker services to the organization as an expression of gratitude for the care he received from the first person he saw after he was rescued and transferred to land in New Jersey: a Red Cross volunteer with a blanket.
Sponsors of the event were Williams, Parker, Harrison, Dietz & Getzen Attorneys at Law and Northern Trust.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.