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Red Cross to Hold Third Annual Roast and Toast Fundraiser

AIKEN, S.C., Friday, October 18, 2013 – The American Red Cross Aiken Area Chapter will hold its third annual Red Cross Roast and Toast fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Big Red Barn on Chime Bell Church Road in Aiken. The event, presented by WSI-SRS, includes an oyster roast, lowcountry boil, beverages, a silent auction, and live entertainment by Lo Down Brown.

The fundraiser, co-chaired by Patty Oakland and Susan Reynolds, supports the mission of the American Red Cross. Tickets are $50 each or $500 for a table of eight and must be purchased in advance. Only a few tables remain, so interested individuals should contact the Aiken Area Chapter at (803) 641-4152 immediately for reservations.

“The community loves the Roast and Toast fundraiser so much that tickets sell out every year,” said Don Cheeks, board chairman, American Red Cross Aiken Area Chapter. “Not only does the Roast and Toast support the critical services provided by the Red Cross 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week, but it also allows friends to gather for great food and entertainment. This event cannot be missed.”

Generous event sponsors include: WSI-SRS, Southeastern Tool Company, Lo Down Brown, Bechtel Corporation, Chick-fil-A, J.C.’s Seafood, Jimmy Hicks – The Deft Chef, and Luc and Liz Godard.

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 1,200 families and 3,700 individuals affected by disasters.

For more information, please visit or follow us on Twitter @RedCrossSC.