Second Harvest's longtime director has left to take for a job with the American Red Cross.
Kathye Kilgore served as director of Second Harvest Tri-Cities for almost eight years before being named lead fundraising development specialist for the Inland Northwest Region. She started June 11.
Before Second Harvest, Kilgore also worked for Columbia Industries, the Washington State Migrant Council and Tri-Cities Cancer Center.
"I'm excited," she said of her new job. "Like Second Harvest, the Red Cross too has an untold story in the sense that many people do not realize everything they do. You can sum it up just by saying they save lives, which is true, but they do it in so many different ways."
Kilgore will be based in the Benton-Franklin Chapter office in Kennewick.
"Her role will be to develop donors and organize fundraising events in the Tri-City area. She'll be working with individuals and corporations and making the rounds, sharing the Red Cross mission," said Kris Pitcher, regional chief development officer for Inland Northwest Region.
The Benton-Franklin Chapter is part of the larger Inland Northwest Region that includes 17 counties in central and eastern Washington, and five counties in northern Idaho.
"I'll primarily be energizing people, educating them how important it is to support the Red Cross and its services not just for the house fire today, but so that the Red Cross will be there for them next year too," Kilgore said.
This is not a new position within the Red Cross, rather more of a restructuring and refocusing, Pitcher said.
"The Tri-Cities is a large community and we get a lot of support from there. It's important we have the focus of a full-time person," Pitcher said, speaking from her Spokane office. "I do a lot of the fundraising for the Inland Northwest Region, but I'm based in Spokane. It's hard for me to be everywhere.
"Kilgore hit the ground running," Pitcher said. "Her first task is the upcoming Rouge Royale fundraising event happening June 29."
The fundraiser will be at the Moore Mansion in Pasco, and includes food, wine, music and a chance to bid on a variety of auction items.
Kilgore also will have some opportunities to play a regional role with the Red Cross.
"Especially with those corporate donors who like to give on a regional basis, whose gifts touch the footprint of Walla Walla and Yakima as well as the Tri-Cities," Pitcher said.