Red Cross Honors Volunteers at Annual Meeting

June 26, 2009

COLUMBIA, SC – June 26, 2009The American Red Cross of Central South Carolina and the South Carolina Blood Services Region hosted Past, Present & Future, 2009 Annual Meeting at the South Carolina State Museum on June 24.

The meeting was chance for the Red Cross to honor staff, key volunteers and sponsors and to celebrate its lifesaving work in the local community and beyond.

Award recipients were:

  • Donor of Distinction: Francis Herndon, David Shealy & Robert Stump
  • Bill Carroll Health & Safety Award: Jade Dean
  • George Hall Disaster Award: Ron Smithwick
  • Elizabeth Poat Award: Larry Nettles
  • Charlotte Berry Ambassador of the Year Award: Michael Fey, S.C. State Museum

The Red Cross also presented Gene Sansbury, Biscuit House owner, with a photo collage of the ‘Final Drive’ blood drive and fundraiser held June 5.

Charlotte Berry was keynote speaker for the meeting encouraging those in attendance to be more active with their local Red Cross, and detailing the work she put into bringing the Red Cross museum exhibit to life. Following Berry’s remarks, attendees were invited to view the exhibit one last time.

The nearly three-month run of Our National Treasure: The American Red Cross will end June 28. Following the meeting, attendees will be invited to view the exhibit. Our National Treasure: The American Red Cross made its debut here in Columbia, and will soon travel around the country.


The American Red Cross helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. An average of 90 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs. The American Red Cross of Central South Carolina responds to approximately one disaster every 17 hours. The Red Cross is not a government agency; it relies on donations of time, money, and blood to do its work. To make a monetary donation, call 803-540-1225, donate online at, mail your check to American Red Cross P.O. Box 91, Columbia, SC 29201, or e-mail [email protected].