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A Joint Letter from FABC Board Chair, Francine Décary, MD, PhD, MBA & Jodi Zand, FABC Director of Fund Development

This past year brought a number of exciting events and programs to the Foundation for America's Blood Centers.  With Francine Décary taking over as Board Chair in August from Michelle Stefan, whose hard work and dedication to the Foundation has been invaluable in getting the FABC into a strong position, and Jodi getting her first full year under the belt,  it was definitely a year of transition.

Building upon the base that was set before either of us joined the FABC, we moved forward with our two signature fundraising events-the annual gala and the Links for Life Golf Tournament, which combined raised over $80,000! We also introduced new campaigns such as the CEO Challenge, and the Dr. Celso Bianco Speakers Series, to which colleagues and friends of Dr. Bianco from across the globe eagerly pitched in, donating close to $25,000 to start a fund to begin a lecture series at upcoming Annual Meetings.  And of course, it all paid off when we awarded over $180,000 to America's Blood Centers' member blood centers and to programs provided by America's Blood Centers that benefit the entire membership and help them continue to stay on the cutting edge in all things blood banking.

As we move into 2014, we will be continually looking at our structure, goals , and mission to ensure that we are meeting the needs of those we serve and the entire global blood community.  But most of all, without the help of our generous donors and supporters, we would not be able to award these grants that celebrate and highlight our member blood centers' innovation, drive and passion to  ensure there is always a safe and adequate blood supply for anyone who needs it  both here at home and across the globe.

 CEO Challenge

Inspired by a generous $50,000 contribution from Dan Connor at Blood Systems, Inc. given at the 50th Annual Meeting and followed by another generous five year, $100,000 pledge from Byron Buhner at Indiana Blood Center, the FABC kicked off the 2013 year with the CEO Challenge, a peer to peer campaign involving blood center CEOs asking their peers at other member blood centers to pledge a long term (5 years) contribution to the FABC.  With a joint letter signed by both Dan and Byron, and an additional $100,000 pledged over the next four years from Blood Systems, Inc. to "get in the spirit," eight  member blood centers stepped up to the plate, pledging $392,500 over the next five years to help the Foundation sustain and better plan it's grant program.  A large thank you to the following centers who contributed in the 2012 CEO Challenge:

Blood Systems, Inc.


Indiana Blood Center


Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center


Lifeblood Mid-South Regional Blood Center




Blood Bank of Delmarva


BloodCenter of Wisconsin


Memorial Blood Centers




Unity Gala with Sickle Cell Disease Association of America

In September 2012, the FABC and the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America (SCDAA) joined members of the sickle cell disease and blood communities for the Unity Gala at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel. The gala took place at the conclusion of the SCDAA 40th Annual Convention.

VIP guests were treated to a reception prior to the start of the gala where they enjoyed light hors d'ouevres and cocktails  before taking their seats in the ballroom in anticipation for the evening to begin. Gala guests dined on a delicious meal while mingling with their colleagues and peers.  After dinner, guests were treated to the smooth sounds of veteran R&B/Urban Jazz songwriter and vocalist, Phil Perry who delighted the crowd as he sang a mix of original hits and classics that got the crowd to the dance floor.

The Unity Gala raised over $41,000 for each organization and will go a long way to help both the SCDAA and the FABC continue to fund programs that continue to look for a cure for sickle cell disease and maintain a safe an adequate blood supply in our communities at all times.

A special thanks to the following sponsors of the Unity Gala:

Gold Sponsors:

Silver Sponsor:

Bronze Sponsors:

Patron Sponsors:

 Novartis  Terumobct  Roche -small

America's Blood Centers

 Johnson    Hologic

Blood Bank of Delmarva


Carter BloodCare


Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center


Indiana Blood Center


Munich American Reassurance Company

 3rd Annual Links for Life Golf Tournament

More than 70 golfers from blood centers and the blood banking community came out in support of the Foundation for America's Blood Centers at the 3rd Annual Links for Life Golf Tournament in October 2012. The event raised $42,000 and took place at the Champions Retreat Golf Course hosted by Kevin Belanger, CEO of Shepeard Community Blood Center with administrative support from HemoCue.

The evening before the tournament, golfers and guests were treated to a reception and dinner where they had an opportunity to participate in a putting challenge and a Big Break obstacle challenge, both of which were on-site fundraisers for the FABC. Golfers were back at the course bright and early the next morning where they registered and received their Nike golf shirts that were generously donated by the Institute for Transfusion Medicine (ITxM), as well as a brand new pair of Adidas Powerbrand 4.0 golf shoes and other gifts.

Golfers were delighted to have the opportunity to meet PGA Tour players D.A. Points and Rod Pampling.  D.A. played in a foursome and mingled with all golfers at lunch while Rod shot one hole with each team during the tournament. As in tournaments past, the pro golfers were generously sponsored by ITxM and are a special treat for golf aficionados. Both pro golfers were happy to take photos and chat with the tournament participants.

The FABC would like to thank the following sponsors of the 3rd Annual Links for Life Golf Tournament


Twilight Breaking Dawn Part II Fundraising Event

When Andrea Hayes, a self-admitted super fan of Twilight, the vampire book and movie series, wroteAddicted to Twilight: Confessions of a Twilight Momin 2009, she probably never guessed that her light-hearted book would lead her to raise more than $20,000 for the FABC. Along with donating $1 of the proceeds from each book sale, Ms. Hayes has held numerousTwilightthemed book and movie release parties to benefit the FABC.  Andrea's final Twilight Event took place in November 2012 to celebrate the release of the final movie in theTwilightsaga, "Breaking Dawn Part II," and raised more than $8,500 for the Foundation.

More than 300 guests packed into the Oviedo Mall in Florida for a party and private screening of the movie. This event was sponsored by Andrea and her group "Confessions of aTwilightMom - United and Giving Back", which formed shortly after she wrote her book and reached out to some of her fellow "Twilightmoms" to coordinate events where they could share their love forTwilight, but also contribute to a good cause. 

The FABC Awards over $170,000 in Grants

The FABC rolled out Request for Proposals (RFP) for the grant program in late October 2012 and received numerous submissions.  The Grants Committee was pleased to select the following  blood centers to be awarded grants from the FABC:

At the completion of each of these projects, the recipient blood centers will give a presentation of the projects and results at either the America's Blood Centers Annual or Interim Meeting.  Upon completion, these programs are  made available to all member blood centers to utilize or customize.

The FABC also awarded close to $90,000 to support programs provided by America's Blood Centers that benefit the entire membership. Some examples include:

The FABC Participates in America's Blood Centers' 51st Annual Meeting

Previous FABC Grant awardees LifeStream and LifeSouth Community Blood Centers updated members of America's Blood Centers on the results of their FABC grants.

With the 51st America's Blood Centers Annual Meeting coinciding with St. Patrick's Day, the FABC treated guests to an "Irish Pub Night" at the historic Decatur House, located just steps from the White House.  Attendees enjoyed light hors d'ouevres and cocktails while listening to Irish folk songs in the background. In between tours of this former home of many Secretaries of State,  attendees revved up their competitive juices for a dart throwing contest taking place on a large, inflatable, Velcro dartboard. Although imagination had to kick in to envision an actual dart contest, guests were amused and cheering on the third round finalists until Blood Donor Advocate Larry Frederick hit the winning mark to be declared the winner! The event raised close to $3,000.

The FABC honored and recognized its supporters that donate their time and passion to the Foundation's mission during theAwards of Excellencebanquet.  The ceremony ended with a moving tribute to Gargi Pahuja, a volunteer for the FABC and patient advocate who lost her battle with Thalassemia.  Gargi's mother and family accepted an award on her behalf  and gave a moving tribute that brought the audience to their feet. We would like to congratulate once again, all of the award winners:

2013 FABC Award s of Excellence Winners
President's Circle: $100,000 to $249,000: Blood Systems, Inc., Indiana Blood Center
Pacesetter: $50,000 to $74,999 Institute for Transfusion Medicine, Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center, TerumoBCT
Patron: $25,000 to $49,999 Abbott Laboratories, Blood Bank of Delmarva, Johnson & Johnson, Lifeblood Mid-South Regional Blood Center, OneBlood
President's Award Kevin Belanger
ITxM Award for Excellence in Technical Operations Kathy McKibben
Terumo BCT Award of Excellence in Donor Recruitment Suncoast Communities Blood Bank
Volunteer of the Year Award Gargi Pahuja, Posthumously

The Foundation ended its portion of America's Blood Centers 51st Annual Meeting with an all day board meeting focused on developing a strategic plan for the Foundation that will ensure we are meeting the needs of the members of America's Blood Centers, while also looking to diversify our donor base and examining creative and efficient ways to continue to raise money to support the Grants program.


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