On March 19th, Sam Craig, former University of Georgia Red Cross president, was presented with the “Presidential Award for Excellence” in Humanitarian Services at the American Red Cross National Headquarters in Washington D.C.
“This prestigious award is presented to American Red Cross employees and volunteers who have demonstrated superior job performance that aligns with the organization’s priorities. It recognizes those who truly demonstrate exemplary performance, passion, and dedication for the Red Cross mission.”
Of the American Red Cross’ 500,000 volunteers and 30,000 employees, the organization recognized a total of 23 national award recipients this year in the areas of Biomedical Services, Humanitarian Services and Corporate Services, as well as the Ann Magnussen Nursing Award and the Navin Narayan Award for Excellence in Youth Leadership.
Craig was president of the UGA Red Cross student organization from March 2012 to March 2014, as well as a member of the Red Cross East Georgia Chapter Board of Directors. While the UGA Red Cross had previously been focused solely on blood drives, Sam helped the organization reach its full potential by incorporating blood services, disaster response, marketing and fundraising. In 2011, it had raised less than $100 for the East Georgia Chapter, and under Sam’s leadership the organization increased its proceeds to $8,500 in 2012 and $73,000 in 2013. Craig has also extended his influence beyond Athens and helped to launch the first Red Cross student organization at Georgia State University.
As Christy Terrell, Red Cross East Georgia Chapter Board Chair, stated in her endorsement of Sam for this award, “Sam is innovative, determined, and results oriented. Sam has been a vital part of the success of the East Georgia Chapter’s ability to engage college volunteers and deliver mission services.”