Nathan and Jennifer Brown and Sharon Cornette are leading the annual Heroes of the American Red Cross fundraising campaign for 2014. The campaign was kicked off with the Highland and Clinton County Heroes Awards Breakfast in March.
Part of the fundraising efforts of the annual Heroes Campaign will include Paint the Town Red on April 8 with Hillsboro’s Ponderosa and Greenfield’s Subway donating a portion of sales to the local Red Cross. The next event in Hillsboro is the Board of Realtors’ bowling event on May 16 with all proceeds going to the local Red Cross.
“We know the Red Cross does great work in our community such as responding to families that have lost everything with a house fire or helping a service man or woman getting home in a time of need. We hope that we can grow the Highland County Red Cross and educate more people about the work they do and the opportunities that are here locally,” said Nathan and Jennifer Brown.
Nathan Brown is the owner and operator of Brown Farms in Hillsboro. Jennifer Brown has been working for 13 years at the United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development office. She attended Southern State Community College and has a degree in agriculture production.
The Browns are involved with the Highland County Farm Bureau where Nathan serves as county board vice president. They are part of the Ohio Farm Bureau, State Young Agriculture Professional Advisory Team and Ohio Soybean Association, and Nathan is a Union Township trustee. They enjoy spending time with family, traveling, and camping. They have three children, 3-year-old twins Coy and Luke and 18-month-old Ella.
“We decided to become involved with the Red Cross Heroes Campaign because we like to be a part of something that gives back to our community,” the Browns said. “With the Red Cross there are so many things that they assist in, but not too many people know about. There are also so many volunteer opportunities not only locally, but nationally. It’s nice to be work with a group of people that have such a generous and giving attitude toward life. At the Heroes Breakfast we had the chance to reward and give our community members a pat on the back that they deserve.”
Sharon Cornette is an insurance producer for Phillips Insurance Associates, Inc.
She has been a bulletin editor for Hillsboro Rotary and also currently serves on the club’s board, is past treasurer of Wilmington/Clinton County Chamber of Commerce, and served as the chief operating officer at Smith-Feike-Minton, Inc. She attended Wilmington College. She is a member of Richland United Methodist Church and enjoys golf, reading, and water skiing.
Cornette was married to the late Douglas Cornette. Her family also includes a daughter, Kaitlin (Cornette) McFarlane; grandson, Graham Douglas McFarlane; and son, Adam Cornette.
“I decided to become involved with the Heroes Campaign because the Red Cross is much more active in the community than most people realize. I see at it as an opportunity to promote a great organization and serve the community also,” said Cornette.
In 2013 more than 650 people in Highland County received a service, education, or were touched by the American Red Cross, which is not a government-supported agency, Red Cross Community Relations Coordinator Kelley Robbins said. The organization relies on the contributions of community members and businesses throughout the county to carry out its humanitarian mission. All disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary gifts of time and money from the community. All donations stay local to help community members throughout Highland County.
For more information about upcoming events or about the organization locally, contact Robbins at 937-382-0083 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Angela Shepherd can be reached at 937-393-3456 or on Twitter @ashepherdHTG.