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
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.
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.
Terumo BCT *
Carter Blood Care
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Institute for Transfusion Medicine (ITxM)
Johnson & Johnson Development
Ortho Clinical Diagnostics
Coastal Bend Blood Center
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