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America's Blood Centers Professional Institute (API) Capital Campaign

The Foundation for America's Blood Centers (FABC) kicked off an extensive 18-month capital campaign to fund the API. The goal is to raise $900,000 to support the development and implementation of the API.  The FABC developed a comprehensive marketing brochure and gift table that has been used to give potential supporters a better understanding of the campaign. To date, the FABC has raised more than $260,000 towards the goal. The capital campaign runs through March 31, 2016.

A special thanks to the following sponsors who have already contributed:







Jerry Haarmann Memorial Campaign

In April 2014, the blood industry was saddened by the sudden passing of Jerry Haarmann, a leader in the industry for more than twenty years. To commemorate and honor his contributions, a group of former friends and colleagues joined together to launch the Jerry Haarmann Memorial Campaign under the auspices of the FABC.

The committee established goal of raising $50,000 through the FABC in an effort to name a Blood Bank Leadership Certificate after Mr. Haarmann offered through the API. The committee members reached out to blood center leaders, industry partners, and others who knew Mr. Haarmann and asked for personal or corporate contributions to the fund. The campaign has raised more than $56,000 in pledges and donations and the Blood Bank Leadership Certificate program will be named after Jerry Haarmann for six years starting from its launch. Thank you to all who contributed to the campaign, and a special thanks to the following donors who will receive virtual bricks on the API's website recognizing their contribution:

Large Bricks ($10,000 Sponsors)


Small Bricks ($1,500)

Kevin Belanger           


Roy Roper


Jenny & Darin Ficenec


Mr. & Mrs. Mike Smith

Dean Gregory


Todd & Millicent Tracey


Michael & Annette Parejko


Christine Zambricki, DNAP, CRNA, FAAN



ABC's Got Talent

The Foundation for America's Blood Centers held its first-ever talent show fundraiser, ABC's Got Talent in March 2015! Last fall, blood center employees, volunteers, board members and families were asked to submit videos of their talent to the FABC. Thirteen contestants submitted videos of their talents ranging from rope tricking to belly dancing to everything in between! The contestants were given online fundraising pages and were asked to share their videos with friends, family, and colleagues. The solicited "votes" in the form of $10 donations to the FABC.

The top six contestants who garnered the most support through funds raised in their online campaigns were invited to perform live at the 18thAnnual Awards of Excellence Event in conjunction with 53rd Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. in March 2015. Attendees voted for their favorite performances by purchasing $20 tickets, which each counted as one vote.

Emily Shenk-DeMay, from Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center, Des Moines, Iowa, won the live performance, taking home the grand prize, a trip for two to Napa Valley, Calif.! The talent show raised close to $32,000 for the FABC. A special thanks to all of the participants and donors who made the event a huge success!



 Monumental Views, Political Satire, and Backyard Games

The FABC really put the "fun" in fundraising this year. At the Summer Meeting in August 2014, held in Seattle, the FABC hosted a fundraising tournament featuring the backyard game "cornhole." Contestants paid a $100 entry fee to partake in the popular summer yard game in which contestants form teams and take turns tossing a small bean bag into a hole in a board for points. Guests who chose not to play supported the FABC by wagering on who would win the tournament and participating in a silent auction. The Summer Meeting events raised more than $2,000 for the FABC.

At the Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. in March 2015, attendees were invited to a cocktail reception hosted by the FABC at the Top of the Town in Arlington, Va., which offered breathtaking views of the Washington skyline. Guests were treated to a hilarious performance by the world renowned Capitol Steps, a political comedy group that had the crowd doubled over in laughter as they poked fun at the antics on Capitol Hill. Guests also had a chance to bid on silent auction items such as White House cufflinks, art, and other Washington-themed items. Following the reception, VIP ticket holders were treated to a moonlight limousine tour of the Washington monuments.


The FABC Recognizes Awardees at America's Blood Center's 53rd Annual Meeting

The FABC recognized the organizations and individuals that have contributed to the Foundation over the last year during the 18th Annual Awards of Excellence Event at America's Blood Center's 53rd Annual Meeting.


2015 FABC Awards of Excellence

President's Circle Award: $110,000                                        


Pacesetter Award: $50,000                                                                          


FABC President's Award:

Dean, Gregory, Fresenius Kabi

FABC Volunteer of the Year Award:

Richard Gamble

ITxM Award of Excellence in Technical Operations:

Hollee Hulderman, SunCoast Blood Bank

Terumo BCT Award of Excellence in Donor Recruitment:

SunCoast Blood Bank

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