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Joe Craver Named Mr. San Diego 2010

SAN DIEGO, September 2, 2010 – Mr. Joe Craver was selected Mr. San Diego 2010 by the Rotary club of San Diego. The San Diego Rotary club has been awarding the Mr. San Diego award to people who have contributed to outstanding community improvement for the San Diego region in a variety of ways, through his or her efforts over a long period of time, since 1952. Mr. Craver is the CEO of the American Red Cross San Diego and Imperial Counties Chapter.

Mr. Craver joined the local Red Cross as Chief Executive Officer in 2007. In his short time at the Red Cross, Mr. Craver has brought about many changes that have led to a more collaborative and results-oriented organization and more importantly, rebuilt the community’s faith in the American Red Cross. In addition to successfully guiding the Red Cross to becoming a stronger organization, Mr. Craver’s military, professional and community-based accomplishments are impressive.

Mr. Craver served our country in the U.S. Air Force for 26 years, retiring after achieving the rank of colonel. Craver earned over 28 awards and decorations including a Silver Star, Legion of Merit Distinguished Flying Cross’s, Bronze Star for Valor, Air Medals and the Purple Heart.

Craver has chaired ConVis, the S.D Regional Chamber of Commerce, Work Force Partnership, S.D. Regional Airport Authority, the 95 Military Base Realignment and Closure Committee, and he presided over the Holiday Bowl. Craver also headed an S.D blue ribbon committee that in 2002 first shed light on the extent of city pension under-funding.

Mr. Craver currently serves on the Board of Directors of Fleetweek, the USS Midway, the Rotary Club and the Holiday Bowl. He is also the Chairman of the City of San Diego Public Facilities Financing Authority.

Mr. Craver earned a BA from Arizona State University and an MA from Stanford University. He lives in San Diego with his wife of 57 years. They have one son who is the president of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and three grandchildren.

About the American Red Cross San Diego and Imperial Counties Chapter

The San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross is leading the effort to make San Diego and Imperial Valley Counties “America’s Most Prepared Community.” As a charitable organization and not a government agency, the Red Cross depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The 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 local chapter also provides nutritional counseling through the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. For more information, please call (858) 309-1200 or visit www.sdarc.org.