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Volunteer Receives Presidential Award for 7,000 Hours of Service to Red Cross
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Red Cross
October 17, 2008

Eileen Hadbavny has spent 7,000 hours of her life volunteering for the American Red Cross. Her efforts were rewarded recently when President George W. Bush visited Charleston, S.C. and presented Eileen with the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

President George W. Bush presents the President’s Volunteer Service Award to Red Cross volunteer Eileen Hadbavny.
President George W. Bush presents the President’s Volunteer Service Award to Red Cross volunteer Eileen Hadbavny. Photo credit to Airman 1st Class Timothy Taylor/U.S. Air Force

The President's Council on Service and Civic Participation created the award as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service.

Eileen has been an American Red Cross volunteer for 20 years in both the Montgomery-Floyd Chapter, Blacksburg, VA, and the Carolina Lowcountry Chapter, North Charleston, S.C. A nationally registered Red Cross nurse, she serves as the Lowcountry Chapter Health Services lead, helping ensure volunteers are properly trained in Disaster Health Services. Elaine also serves as the Health Services Representative for the Disaster Action Team, and is chairman of the Services to Armed Forces and International Services Committee. She provides annual deployment and hurricane briefings to military members and their families.

"I came to the Red Cross because I believe in the fundamental principles that the Red Cross follows of serving humanity not just nationally, but internationally, as well," she said, adding she was humbled at being selected for the award and thrilled to receive it.

"The Carolina Lowcounty Chapter is grateful, proud and lucky to have such a volunteer as Eileen Hadbavny among our ranks," said Lisa Miller-Willsk Carolina Lowcountry volunteer director. The Lowcountry Chapter nominated Eileen for the award.

President Bush presented Eileen with the President’s Call to Service pin. She welcomed him on behalf of the chapter and presented him with the Lowcountry Chapter Sand Dollar Red Cross pin.

About the American Red Cross:
All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. You can help the victims of thousands of disasters across the country each yea by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to victims of disaster. The American Red Cross honors donor intent. If you wish to designate your donation to a specific disaster please do so at the time of your donation. Call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P. O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting www.redcross.org.


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