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Central RED Society to Present “From Disaster to Hope and Healing”

Featured: Central RED Society to Present “From Disaster to Hope and Healing”

March 13, 2023

Central College’s Central RED Society will present “From Disaster to Hope and Healing” with Mary Glendening, hospital administrator, registered nurse and 1987 Central graduate, on Thursday, March 23.

Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. in Dave and Ardie Sutphen Common Room, Central’s Graham Annex. The cost is $15 per person and a cash bar will be available. The presentation will begin at 6 p.m.

In June 2018, Volcano Fuego erupted in Guatemala, burying towns and killing many families. Within 24 hours after the eruption, Glendening, along with two physicians, flew from Houston, Texas, to Guatemala City to provide disaster relief assistance. Glendening will present her experience after the volcanic explosion and the collaboration between Shriners Children’s Texas, the United States military and Guatemalan officials to safely transport pediatric patients to Galveston.

Glendening has worked at Shriners Children’s Texas, a nonprofit pediatric burn hospital, research and teaching center at the University of Texas Medical Branch, since 1999 in several nursing and leadership roles. In 2014 Glendening became the hospital administrator at this specialized pediatric hospital. Join Glendening on Thursday, March 23, for an inspirational presentation about hope and healing following a devastating disaster.

Central RED (Ready to Engage and Discover) is a volunteer-driven, lifelong learning and social organization with an abiding partnership with Central alumni and friends who wish to share knowledge, talents and experiences.

To celebrate Central RED’s 10-year anniversary, no membership fee will be charged from June 1, 2022, to May 31, 2023. All classes and workshops are available for the public to attend. You must register and pay meal costs in advance for each class you will be attending.

No affiliation with Central is required to join. For more information, visit central.edu/red or contact Mary Benedict by email at benedictm@central.edu or phone at 641-628-7641.