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Red Cross Central SC Chapter Celebrates Legacy Society

Red Cross Central SC Chapter Celebrates Legacy Society
A gift to the Red Cross through the Legacy Society will ensure this incredible organization will be here for future generations.

The Red Cross of Central SC Chapter celebrated the Legacy Society at MoMo’s Bistro on Devine Street Jan. 13, honoring and recognizing the first-year founding members.

The Legacy Society honors individuals who have included the Red Cross in their will or trust, made the Red Cross a beneficiary of a retirement plan, insurance policy, or investment account, or established a charitable gift annuity or charitable remainder trust with the Red Cross as a beneficiary. There is no minimum gift requirement to become a Legacy Society member.

“We could not do what we do without your support,” said Bill Cronin, Central SC Chapter executive director, told the gathered Legacy Society members. “It’s so important for us to continue helping our neighbors across town or across the country.”

With 34 members in the inaugural class, the aim is to grow to at least 50 members by next year.

Peter Hodes, a senior gifts planning officer with the American Red Cross, said making a legacy gift to the Red Cross is simple to do.

“A gift to the Red Cross through the Legacy Society will ensure this incredible organization will be here for future generations,” Hodes said.

Many new Legacy Society members were on hand to be recognized including board members Bill McElveen, Beth Shwedo, Bruce Hughes, Chris Boyce, , and Maria Smoak as well as several longtime donors who have also included the Red Cross in their estate plans.

To learn more on how to become a member of the Legacy Society, please contact Peter Hodes at 866-620-8060 or peter.hodes@redcross.org. To learn more about planned gift options you can visit www.redcrosslegacy.org.

Because of trained disaster volunteers and financial assistance from the community, Red Cross has assisted more than 2,700 individuals who have been affected by disasters in the Palmetto SC region since July 1. On average, the American Red Cross, Palmetto SC Region responds to a disaster every 6.5 hours. The Palmetto SC Region is made up of seven Red Cross chapters spanning 35-counties of South Carolina.

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 Redcross.org.