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American Red Cross Launches 2016 Clara Barton Society Campaign

The support of donors and selfless volunteers has always been the foundation of the Red Cross's strength and success.

The American Red Cross announced today that is has launched its 2016 Clara Barton Society Campaign. The Clara Barton Society Campaign is the organization’s annual major gift fundraising campaign to support the mission and services of the Red Cross.

This year’s Campaign is co-chaired by community leaders Tom and Ariel Trouche. The Clara Barton Society honors businesses and individuals who share a sense of caring, commitment and compassion, generously expressed through their financial support of the Red Cross. Members of the Society are active partners in carrying out the work of the Red Cross. Membership in the Clara Barton Society begins with a financial contribution of $1,000 or more.

Clara Barton Society members embody the characteristics of Clara Barton herself: dedication, compassion, leadership. Committee members include Gary Baldwin, Sid Boone, Mason Holland, Paul McKnight, Steve Meyer, Russ Robinson, Stuart Smith, Wyman Haigler, Ann Burnett, Mary Schiavo, Stuart Smith, Doug McElveen, Allston Moore, and Weesie Newton.

“From 1000 year floods, to house fires, to military families needing help during and after deployments to helping in the immediate aftermath of the terrible tragedy at Emmanuel AME church – the Red Cross is always there to help,” said Tom Trouche, Clara Barton Society co-chair and President & Chief Executive Officer for ServisFirst Bank. “Whether it is food, shelter, supplies and / or health and emotional support, the humanitarian support from the Red Cross is vast. Therefore we are honored to serve as Co-Chairs for the 2016 Clara Barton Campaign for the Lowcountry SC chapter. It is a meaningful and effective way for all of us to give back to our community.”

Right here in the Lowcountry, during 2015, the Red Cross assisted 2,813 individuals affected by disasters, served 33,701 military members and families through briefings or emergency messages, trained more than 13,000 individuals in first aid and water safety classes and collected more than 32,000 units of blood.

“To fulfill the mission—preventing and alleviating human suffering—and to ensure that the organization is always ready to respond when our community is in need, the Red Cross depends on the generosity of compassionate individuals and businesses,” continued Trouche. “The support of donors and selfless volunteers has always been the foundation of the Red Cross's strength and success.”

Tom and Ariel Trouche and the entire 2016 committee, invite individuals and members of the business community to learn more about the meaningful ways you can make a difference by becoming a member of the Clara Barton Society. If you would like to learn more about how you can make a difference in our community, please call (843) 764-2323 x 368.

The American Red Cross of Lowcountry SC serves Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Georgetown, Hampton, Jasper, and Williamsburg counties and is part of the American Red Cross, Palmetto SC Region.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or @RedCrossSC..