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Red Cross in SC Kicks Off 2013 Clara Barton Society Campaign

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Members of the Society are active partners in carrying out the work of the Red Cross.

Annual fundraising campaign will support the mission and service of the Red Cross

CHARLESTON, SC, March 29, 2013 – Last night the American Red Cross launched its 2013 Clara Barton Society Campaign at the Gateway Center rooftop terrace in downtown Charleston. 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, Erica and Dixon Woodward and honorary chair, Anita Zucker. 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.

“In our region, the Red Cross responds to a disaster every 6.5 hours,” said Dixon Woodward, Clara Barton Society co-chair and coastal market president for TD Bank. ”One in every 12 persons across our region is touched by Red Cross services in some way, and membership in the Society makes these valuable programs and services of the Red Cross possible.”

Right here in the Lowcountry, during 2012, the Red Cross assisted 1,171 individuals affected by disasters, served 17,923 Military members and families through briefings or emergency messages, trained 19,996 individuals in first aid and water safety classes and collected 36,090 units of blood.

“Every year we see a dramatic increase in the need for our services by those devastated by hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, wildfires and home fires, but the generosity of our donors continue to sustain the compassionate, caring response that the Red Cross strives to deliver,” said Woodward.

Committee members include Maria and Gary Baldwin, Ann and John Ballantyne, Robin and Jimmy Boozer, Jim Brogdon, Jim Bryan, Ann Burnett, Henry Chambers, Hugh Gouldthorpe, Wyman Haigler, Bill Hall, Brantley Harvey, Laura Hewitt, Mason Holland, Emmett McCracken, Clay McCullough, Mike McFee, Laurie and Steve Meyer, Mary Stewart Murphey, Russ Robinson, Bob Shirley, Stuart Smith, Katie and Shannon Stephens, Tom Trouche, Dan Vroon and Marcia Wood.

Anita Zucker along with Erica and Dixon Woodward and the entire 2013 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 Carolina Lowcountry Chapter serves Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Hampton and Jasper counties and is part of the American Red Cross, Palmetto SC Region.