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A Letter from the Director of Fund Development

I joined the Foundation for America's Blood Centers (FABC) at the end of February, after Lauren Larsen stepped down at the beginning of the year to focus on her health. I am thrilled to be a part of such an experienced and dynamic group of people, both within America's Blood Centers and with our wonderful and dedicated member blood centers and industry partners. Within three weeks of joining the team, I attended America's Blood Centers' 50th Annual Meeting and Anniversary Celebration in Scottsdale, Ariz. where I was introduced to many members and friends of America's Blood Centers. The meeting truly motivated me to jump right in and continue the Foundation's mission of raising funds for grants to award our members so that they can continue to take the lead in providing a safe, effective, and efficient blood supply to all of our patients, while setting the standard for the rest of the world.

Lauren developed and implemented a solid strategy for the FABC, with the Annual Gala and Links for Life Golf Tournament as our base fundraising activities every year, which combined account for more than 50 percent of our annual donations. I am excited to continue that tradition and to expand our outreach by focusing on individual campaigns and other innovative fundraising activities.

Thank you to all of the supporters of the FABC, and I look forward to working with each of you to continue exploring new and original ways to raise the funds needed to support our members and to help ensure a safe and adequate blood supply for everyone who needs it.

Second Annual Links for Life Golf Tournament

With Carter Blood Care hosting the 2nd Annual Links for Life Golf Tournament at Cowboys Golf Club in Grapevine, Texas on Oct. 4, 2011, the Foundation was able to raise more than $86,000. Golfers were treated to an exciting day at the world's only NFL themed golf course, as well as a fun reception at Uncle Bucks Brewery and Steakhouse. Joining the golfers, comprised of both blood center executives and medical directors as well as industry executives, were PGA pro-golfers D.A. Points and Rory Sabatini. The Institute for Transfusion Medicine sponsored the pro-golfers with a generous donation. Golfers and other guests had a great time at this year's event and are looking forward to the 3rd Annual Links for Life Golf Tournament in October 2012.


2011 Links for Life Sponsors

Double Eagle ($25,000)

Abbott Laboratories

Terumo BCT *

Eagle ($15,000)

Roche Diagnostics

Birdie ($5,000)

Carter Blood Care
Fenwal, Inc.
Institute for Transfusion Medicine **
Oklahoma Blood Institute
Shepeard Community Blood Center


*CaridianBCT contributed $15,000 and Terumo contributed $10,000. The companies recently merged to form Terumo BCT
**In addition to a $50,000 in-kind donation in the sponsoring of PGA players attending the event

Saving Grace: A Night of Hope and Gratitude

On Nov. 12, 2011, at the Hilton New York, the Foundation for America's Blood Centers held it's first annual gala. The Foundation joined forces with the Preeclampsia Foundation to raise awareness and funds for both organizations. The partnership was a perfect fit, as blood plays a tremendous role in saving the lives of mothers and babies suffering from this pregnancy-related disorder. The gala was a huge success, as guests were treated to an elegant evening featuring music from renowned musician Jim Papoulis, who wrote and composed the evening's theme song, "Saving Grace," specifically for the event. Guests also listened to an uplifting performance by the New Jersey Youth Chorus and touching testimonials from featured speakers and co-chairs Lauren Larsen, Patrick Dignan, and Eleni Tsigas. With sponsorships, a live auction, and an exciting text-to-give blitz during the event, both organizations were able to raise over $160,000 to help further their causes.

The Foundation for America's Blood Supply is thrilled to be partnering with another affinity organization, Sickle Cell Disease Association of American, for our 2nd Annual Gala to be held in September 2012 at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore, Md. We look forward to partnering with an affinity organization each year to continue to emphasize the role that blood donation and blood transfusion play in treating many diseases and illnesses.

The Foundation for America's Blood Centers Takes Its Cause to the Annual Meeting

In March, America's Blood Centers' members and staff arrived in sunny Scottsdale, Ariz. to celebrate the 50th anniversary of America's Blood Centers. The Foundation participated in a variety of ways at the annual meeting, beginning with the Putting Green Challenge that took place on the first night of the meeting. Taking place on the beautiful grounds of the Scottsdale Plaza Resort after a wonderful concert featuring Jenni Alpert, 20 meeting attendees got their competitive juices flowing and hit the green. The golfers had three putts, in increasing difficulty and distance. If a putt was missed, the golfer was eliminated, unless he or she wanted to buy back in, an offer that many of our competitive executives couldn't pass up! It was a close match and the excitement of the spectators was palpable. Dirk Johnson from Blood Source took home the coveted trophy and the Foundation raised more than $2,000.

After a successful annual meeting all around, the Foundation was honored to present awards to corporations and individuals, who have gone above and beyond in helping the Foundation for America's Blood Centers achieve its mission of helping our blood centers ensure that everyone who needs it has access to a safe and adequate blood supply. The awards were handed out during the 15th AnnualAwards of Excellence.

Grants Awarded

The Foundation for America's Blood Center was proud to award $90,000 in grants to our members this year. The Foundation was thrilled to receive numerous submissions this year. The grants committee reviewed all the requests and decided to award the following grants:
Blood Systems Incorporated (BSI) was awarded $40,000 for their "Recruiting African American Donors" program. Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center and Memorial Blood Centers received a grant of $25,000 each for their joint program "Iron Depletion and Replacement in Donors."

Although all the submissions were innovative and promising, the grants committee decided that these two grants would best service the entire America's Blood Centers membership. The grant awardees gave brief presentations at the Interim Meeting. The results and all materials are available to members of America's Blood Centers.

Foundation for America's Blood Centers 2011-2012 Award Recipients

President's Circle Award ($100,000 to $249,999)

Institute for Transfusion Medicine (ITxM)

Pacesetter Award ($50,000 to $74,999)

Abbott Laboratories

Johnson & Johnson Development

Patron Award $25,000 to $49,999

Ortho Clinical Diagnostics

Terumo BCT

Coastal Bend Blood Center

ITxM Award for Excellence in Technical Operations

Marjorie Doty

President's Award


Volunteer of the Year Award

Peter Scott

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