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Derek Dugan Selected as New Red Cross Aiken Area Chapter Executive Director

AIKEN, S.C., Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 – Derek Dugan has been selected as the new American Red Cross Aiken Area Chapter Executive Director. Dugan, who has more than 15 years of not-for-profit work, began his new position with the Red Cross on Oct. 31.

“Derek has a solid background working in the community and he brings a wealth of experience to this position,” said Louise Welch Williams, regional chief executive officer for the Palmetto SC Region. “He brings new energy and we are excited about where will lead the chapter.”

Dugan said he is deeply inspired by the Red Cross mission and the heroes of the Red Cross. He was previously with the Salvation Army managing the Kroc Center project, and served as Community Relations Director with the Golden Harvest Food Bank.

“I am eager to get started telling the Red Cross story,” Dugan said. “It’s a great organization and loved by so many. Here in the Aiken area I want to continue the momentum of the wonderful things already happening in this chapter.”

Dugan, who has lived in Aiken since 1997, has three children and is a member of South Aiken Presbyterian Church. He is a 1994 graduate of the University of Alabama where he studied Political Science and History.

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.

The Aiken Area Chapter serves Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell and Edgefield Counties. It is part of the Palmetto SC Region, which is made up of seven Red Cross Chapters that span 35-counties of South Carolina. On average, the American Red Cross Palmetto SC Region responds to a disaster every 6.5 hours. Since January 2013, the Palmetto SC Region has responded to the needs of more than 1,400 families and 4,300 individuals affected by disasters.

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