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Greater Alleghenies Blood Services Region

June 7, 2011

Individuals and organizations in 25 counties among awardees

Individuals, businesses and organizations from 25 counties throughout the 100-county American Red Cross Blood Services, Greater Alleghenies Region, were honored today at the region’s annual meeting, “Inspiration…Motivation…DONATION!”

The Greater Alleghenies Region’s annual meeting was held (June 7) at The Conference Center at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.

Thirty-nine awards were presented in the following categories (for detailed list of awards and awardees see below):

  • All-Star Volunteer Award (2)
  • Blair Bice Award for Outstanding Media Support
  • Edgar Cheely Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service
  • Civic Partnership Award
  • Clara Barton Award
  • Community Partnership Award (6)
  • Community Sponsor Coordinator Award
  • Corporate Good Neighbor Award (3)
  • Government Partnership Award (2)
  • High School of the Year Award, under 400 students and over 400 students (2 total)
  • High School Spirit Award (2)
  • Hospital Partnership Award (2)
  • Legacy of Caring Award (2)
  • Pint Size Heroes Award (3)
  • Private High School Award
  • Religious Group Sponsor Award (4)
  • University Spirit Award (4)
  • Unsung Heroes Award           


Recipients of the above awards were selected by a group of Red Cross volunteers and staff members, and represent the highest quality of service to the Red Cross and hospital patients.

This year’s honorees are from or headquartered in the following counties:


Kentucky: Greenup County

Maryland: Allegany, Garrett and Washington counties

Ohio: Scioto County

Pennsylvania: Allegheny, Beaver, Blair, Butler, Centre, Clearfield, Somerset and Westmoreland counties

Virginia: Page, Warren and Winchester-Frederick counties

West Virginia: Berkeley, Cabell, Hardy, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Kanawha, Pendleton and Wood counties


            Regional CEO John A. Hagins and blood recipient families from Portsmouth, Ohio, and Powhatan Point, Ohio, also gave remarks.

            The region also conducted its annual election of members to serve on its volunteer board of directors.


All-Star Volunteer Award: Brian Wong, Marshall University, Huntington, W. Va.

Brian Wong, an incoming junior at Marshall University, became interested in donating blood at age 14, when his mother was being treated for melanoma. Although she did not receive transfusions, he witnessed other patients receiving transfusions. When his mother passed away, Wong became determined to make a difference by donating blood when he was old enough. He has actively volunteered at Marshall’s blood drives since January 2010 and is the founder and current president of the Marshall University Red Cross Club. Wong, who is O positive, has donated over eight times. Hard-working and loyal, he is the reason why the university’s blood drives are successful; he has worked at all 15 drives the university hosted this school year. He recruits donors and helps with clean up and reloading supplies onto the Red Cross truck.. Wong was presented the award during the June 7 event.


All-Star Volunteer Award: Lois Duppstadt, Somerset, Pa.

Duppstadt organizes and schedules all volunteers for Somerset County blood drives that do not provide their own. Most of the time she schedules herself as one of the volunteers. Despite her health problems, Duppstadt still attends most of the drives in the Somerset area. She holds a 56-day drive at First Christian Church and will occasionally hold other blood drives at other locations other than her 56-day drive if additional blood collections are needed. She always attempts to recruit students from the church to hold a scholarship drives. She also contacts Donor Resources if there is a drive or if a lead surfaces that the Red Cross may not know about. Duppstadt was presented her award during the June 7 event.


Blair Bice Award for Outstanding Media Support: The River 95.3 WZRV, Front Royal, Va.

This radio station provides ongoing support to the Red Cross by broadcasting live remotes from Red Cross blood drives twice a month. The on-air personalities also promote blood drives throughout the station’s wide listening area and frequently include blood drive sponsors, board members and the Marketing & Communications Department as on-air guests. In times of urgent blood needs, such as during the summer, holidays or winter storms, they have welcomed the Red Cross as guests on the station’s Valley Today talk show on short notice.


Edgar Cheely Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service: Lela Bender, Grantsville, Md.

In March 2011 Bender celebrated 50 years of volunteer service with Red Cross Blood Services. Her involvement grew out her family’s experience of having one son diagnosed as a hemophiliac and hospitalized many times for blood transfusions. Her husband and five other children have all given blood, volunteered or both, at one time or another. She first served as a volunteer recruiter, then as volunteer coordinator for all Grantsville blood drives. Grantsville previously held two blood drives annually but now holds drives every 56 days, which net an average of 50 donations per blood drive. Bender has helped to secure blood drive sites, and even though she is grooming her daughter, Lila, to succeed her as coordinator, she continues to recruit volunteers and provides homemade refreshments for donors. These include sandwiches and cookies at each drive, plus special treats such as donuts, cinnamon rolls and cake at special holiday or “in honor of” blood drives. She also tracks donations and provides recognition items when donors reach their gallon marks. Bender received the award during the meeting.


Civic Partnership Award: Darlington Lions Club, Darlington, Pa.

In 2007-08, community blood drives in Darlington, population 300, produced 65 donations or less each year and had no recruitment sponsor. In 2009, the Lionesses and Lions Club were approached to sponsor at least one blood drive a year. Both parts of the organization took on

the challenge  and both bloodmobile goals were met with success. When no other organization would help, the Lions Club would step in and sponsor a mobile. The club now sponsors six blood drives annually and is the ideal blood drive sponsor. Members call and schedule every  donor including double reds; pre-schedule the donors for the next mobile; schedule all volunteers and distribute all of the print material. To date, the Darlington’s Lions Club has collected 142 units of blood, 20 over last year and the club still has one more drive in June. Club member Mark Carter accepted the award.    


Clara Barton Award: Maxine Halterman, Moorefield, W. Va.

Longtime community blood drive coordinator Maxine Halterman organizes the Moorefield community blood drive held the second Thursday every other month. She reserves the drive site, distributes posters and helps recruit donors and volunteers. She also volunteers at blood drives held at the local Walmart, bank and factories. Halterman first volunteered as a youth, helping at Red Cross blood drives held overnight at the local chicken processing plants. She has reported for volunteer duty on an hour’s notice when the Red Cross has scheduled additional blood drives. If she is unable to volunteer she recruits someone to take her place. Last but not least, Halterman is a kind individual who has come to the assistance of regional employees experiencing vehicle difficulties. Halterman received the award during the meeting.


Community Partnership Award: Chick-fil-A, Beaver Valley Mall, Beaver, Pa.

Diane and Larry Brosius, who accepted the award on behalf of their store, have sponsored Pint Size Heroes blood drives in Beaver County for over three years. They donate cards for as a thank you gift to students who participate. The cards can  be redeemed to receive a free food items. The Chick-fil-A calf has appeared at elementary schools to assist with recruiting and to hand out the thank you gifts after the mobile. Chick-fil-A has also sponsored the refreshments at the Beaver fixed site on Monday holidays (Labor Day & Memorial Days) in addition to bringing the wheel to entertain the donors. The Brosius’ were presented the award during the meeting.


Community Partnership Award: Chick-fil-A, Hagerstown, Md.

This year, this Chick-fil-A location has committed to providing all Washington County donors a coupon for a free Chick-fil-A sandwich. The sandwich value is $2.79 and to date the American Red Cross has received 3,000 coupons totaling $8,370. Christa Whittington is the Marketing Director and Randy Scott is the owner. They were unable to attend the June 7 event.


Community Partnership Award: Chick-fil-A, Winchester, Va.

The Winchester Chick-fil-A sponsors the annual Virginia Tech Alumni Drive each April 16, providing a full canteen for the blood drive, which has a goal of 145 units. Owner Chuck Guffee and his daughter Kerri Swope, our contact and a Virginia Tech alumna, also provide a restaurant coupon for each presenting donor and also underwrite the cost of the t-shirt given to every presenting donor. They were unable to attend the June 7 event.


Community Partnership Award: Papa John’s Pizza, Front Royal, Va.

Papa John’s Pizza had been providing pizza for the Front Royal community drives as requested by sponsors for quite some time when they volunteered to step it up a notch and advertise the drives on the pizza boxes two-three weekends before community blood drives. John McDonald, owner, reports that the franchise provides 20-30 pizzas to community blood drives each month and this number seems to be increasing. Papa John’s provides pizzas to Riverton United Methodist Church drives as well as other community drives, our two high school drives at Skyline and Warren County, Christendom College and Randolph Macon Academy. McDonald accepted the award at the meeting.


Community Partnership Award: Pizza Mia, Bellefonte, Pa.

Pizza Mia has supported Red Cross Blood Services for approximately six years. Beginning last summer, Pizza Mia has increased its donations, serving thousands of pizzas annually. During the past 12 months, Pizza Mia supplied pizza for at least 33 community blood drives and the 18 blood drives held at Penn State during the Michigan State Donor Challenge. They even deliver pizzas to Snow Shoe for drives held at the Ambulance Building, a distance of over 30 miles round-trip. Owners Johnnie and Melissa Jennings feel a strong bond with the Red Cross because of its international principles of humanity and impartiality.


Community Partnership Award: Queen City Creamery, Cumberland, Md.

The Queen City Creamery and Deli was the dream of Terry and Rick Michels long before it became a reality in Cumberland in 2002. Both born and raised in Indiana, they grew up with ice cream stands and corner soda fountains as part of their "family traditions." But when they moved their family to Maryland in 1981, they had to travel several hours to find good old fashioned frozen custard. That is when they decided to open their own creamery and over a 20-month period lovingly renovated an office and apartment building originally constructed in 1908 as a 1940’s era soda fountain furnished with many authentic items from Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Queen City Creamery first sponsored its “Pint for Pint” promotion with the Red Cross in 2007, donating a coupon for a free pint of ice cream for every presenting blood donor at Allegany County blood drives during November. Since then more than 2,000 coupons have been distributed. Area donors love the promotion and look forward to it annually. The Michels were unable to attend the meeting; the award will be presented at a later date.


Community Sponsor Coordinator Award: Wesley Walls, Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center, Clarksburg, West Virginia

Since Walls, the medical center’s public relations director, has taken over the blood drives, they are doing so well that the blood drives are now closed to the public except for walk-ins who happen to see the drive going on. His creative style has created excitement. He offers a promotion called give and hour get an hour (actually 59 minutes). Each employee who donates not only get time on the clock to donate blood but the get a coupon for 59 minutes they can use any time they want to with notice to their supervisor. Mr. Walls was presented the award during the June 7 event.


Corporate Good Neighbor Award: CASCI, Charleston, W. Va.

CASCI and sponsor coordinator Leigh Ann Spurlock are loyal Red Cross blood drive sponsors. The Red Cross has been forced to cancel CASCI’s blood drives a half-dozen times due to vehicle mechanical problems. Spurlock has remained positive, true to the Red Cross mission and always reschedules the drives. She has also identified a site at CASCI to hold the blood drive. Under Spurlock’s leadership CASCI strives to meet its goal of 45 donations and also holds blood drives during critical periods such as the Christmas holidays and Summer. CASCI was unable to send a representative to the event – it was holding its Red Cross blood drive! The award will be presented at a later date.


Corporate Good Neighbor Award: CNB Bank, Clearfield, Pa.

CNB Bank made a generous contribution toward the cost of custom t-shirts to help promote a High School Blood Drive Challenge held in December 2010 among Clearfield, Philipsburg-Osceola, West Branch and Moshannon Valley high schools. The t-shirts given to each presenting donor were mentioned as a donor incentive at recruitment presentations conducted at each high school, generating excitement and playing an important role in encouraging

students to donate blood, many for the first time. The winning school, Moshannon Valley, had an impressive 32% participation rate among eligible students age 16 and older. The High School Blood Drive Challenge netted a combined total of 250 donations prior to the holidays. Jennifer Mowery accepted the award on behalf of CNB Bank.


Corporate Good Neighbor Award: Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc., State College, Pa.

Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc.’s community outreach extended to Red Cross blood services this past year. The company was a major contributor to the region’s Penn State Bleed Blue campaign, specifically by providing t-shirts for all presenting donors at the Red Cross’ first-ever blood drive at Beaver Stadium. The firm also recruited employees and their families and friends to donate. The blood drive, held in the Mt. Nittany Club at Beaver Stadium, netted 191 units on a goal of 215. A total of 207 people presented to donate blood.


Government Partnership Award: USCG National Maritime Center, Martinsburg, W. Va.

This sponsor hosts blood drives quarterly and its employees come out in force to support their Red Cross blood drives. They consistently fill up the e-donor appointment schedule and are always willing to do what ever they can to help make the drives a success. The blood drive coordinator, Bob Anderson, is an enthusiastic sponsor who encourages participation and enlists support from the management team.  


Government Partnership Award: Washington County Department of Social Services, Hagerstown, Md.

Prior to this February, this group had no recruitment committee and limited support, and as a result the blood drive held at this location met goal only once since 2006. Then Carrie Aaron, new sponsor coordinator, started active recruitment and does pre-scheduling, or 56-day sign-ups. Her first blood drive she exceeded goal, and the second missed by one donation. Aaron  obtains donated refreshments for donors, Chick-fil-A sandwiches for the first drive and spaghetti, meatballs, salad and breadsticks for the second drive. Aaron was presented the award during the June 7 event.


High School of the Year Award (under 400 students): Claysburg-Kimmel High School, Claysburg, Pa.

The Claysburg-Kimmel High School Chapter of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) sponsors five blood drives during the school year. Club members volunteer their time as greeters, canteen workers and walkers during the blood drives. Students also volunteer to help with set-up and clean-up. As a result of their efforts, the high school has placed in the top five of the FBLA state competition for community service each of the past five years. Claysburg-Kimmel High School has 450 students in grades 7-12. Several seniors earn their gallon pin before graduation and former students report that they continue to give blood after graduation. Present to accept the award were teacher Angie Russell and students Kala Brumbaugh and Lindsay Long.


High School of the Year Award (400+ students): Penn-Trafford High School, Harrison City, Pa.

Penn-Trafford holds two double-shift blood drives each school year plus an additional drive during July. The school averages about 175 donations per drive, which includes approximately 120 from the students, faculty and staff and 50 from the community during the drive’s second shift. Motivated by her and her family’s experience as blood recipients, Karen Smith has served

as sponsor coordinator for more than 30 years. Smith, a pre-school teacher, is an effective

recruiter of high school students to do an amazing job signing up their fellow students. Her husband, Dave,  volunteers his time as a former teacher to fill in her as a substitute teacher at the pre-school while she is managing the blood drive. Smith and her student volunteers coordinate, schedule and manage donor flow with amazing ease. She has the designated student volunteers where there strongest talents are best utilized which makes the job of our collections staff so much easier, knowing where each of the volunteers should be stationed and easily call upon the students when their help is needed. Present to accept the award on behalf of the school was Karen Smith, blood drive coordinator.


High School Spirit Award: Luray High School National Honor Society, Luray, Va.

Two years ago, Luray High School added a third blood drive during the school year. This year, the school’s blood drives collected a cumulative 103% of goal and the average donations per drive increase by 75%, from between 50-60 donations to 87 donations. The uniqueness of this drive is that all students participate in some fashion, either by donating or helping at the drive.  There were 337 eligible donors in the school as of the last drive date; 158 students signed up to donate, 138 presented to donate, and 108 donations were collected. This represents a 46.8% participation rate by eligible donors. Under the leadership of Delynda Hendricks, the school’s blood drives are events that receive total school support. Hendricks credits administration, faculty, staff and students, and also the school’s National Honor Society and community organizations such as the local rescue squad. On being informed of Luray High School’s honor, Hendricks commented, “It is our goal to continue the support, raise our goals and train the next generation to be consciously ‘paying it forward’ for years to come. Thank you again for this honor. We humbly accept it and will use it to challenge ourselves further.” The school was unable to send a representative to the event; the award will be presented at a later date.


High School Spirit Award: Russell High School, Russell, Ky.

This school holds three blood drives annually, which during the past two years have produced more than 90 units of blood each year. The third drive of the 2009-10 school year was in Honor of Regan Arnold, a student being treated for a rare form of cancer. This January Regan passed away and the drive on May 2 was held in her memory; it netted 45 donations. Jenny Bates, the drive coordinator, has decided to dedicate the school’s final drive each year to the memory of Regan Arnold. The students of Russell High School have done an excellent job of volunteering and donating during the school year. The school was unable to send a representative to the event; the award will be presented at a later date.


Hospital Partnership Award: Huntington VA Medical Center, Huntington, W. Va.

Last December, a new blood drive committee assumed responsibility for the blood drive with the support of the management team. Committee members have really been working hard to improve blood collections, incorporating the use of eDonor and pre-scheduling donors for the hospital’s next drive. Members are also now covering the volunteer jobs the day of the drives. One committee member even creates email fliers to keep everyone’s attention and remind them to make appointments or how to be added to the walk-in list. Blood drive productivity has increased from an average of fewer than 20 donations to 39 for the last three drives. Suzanne Luck accepted the award on behalf of the hospital.


Hospital Partnership Award: WVUH – City Hospital, Martinsburg, W. Va.

City Hospital has sponsored American Red Cross blood drives for more than 20 years. Drives are held four to five times a year on the fifth Friday of the month and routinely produce 35 to 40 donations each drive. Employees are encouraged to schedule appointments online. The

hospital makes announcements over the loud speaker and sends out email updates on the day of the drive. They also provide a wonderful canteen for the donors.  The hospital was not able to send a representative to the June 7 event.


Legacy of Caring Award: The Storm Bratchett Family and Christ’s Community Church, Portsmouth, Ohio

On November 18, 2008, a simple outing between classes by two friends would result in tragedy not only for a Portsmouth, OH, family, but for an entire community. However, from that tragedy the spirit of the community came together to honor a young man who made an impression on everyone around him. While at a friend’s house, 17-year-old Storm Nathanael Bratchett was accidently shot in the chest by an arrow from a compound bow. He was immediately rushed to a local hospital, and emergency medical workers worked unsuccessfully to save Storm’s life, a process that involved transfusions of over 40 pints of blood. His family recalls that Storm “a rarity…he enjoyed life, he had fun. He liked sports, and playing music and singing were big parts of his life. But he was all about his faith…He knew from a young age he wanted to be a preacher.” He was also a high honors student and took college-level classes while in high school. On March 4, 2010, which would have been Storm’s 19th birthday, the Bratchett family held an In Memory Of blood drive at Christ’s Community Church, where the family worships. A total of 236 people presented to give blood, resulting in 197 successful donations. In addition, area high schools holding blood drives around the same time dedicated them to Storm’s memory. This year the family sponsored at two-day drive, March 3 and 4, at Christ’s Community Church, with a goal of collecting 200 donations. A total of 257 donors presented, netting 253 donations. Rick Clark, the Bratchetts’ pastor, said the blood drives are a perfect way to honor Storm’s memory. “The idea of asking people to give of themselves to help others describes Storm in a nutshell. He was always so willing to give of his time to help anyone.” The Bratchett Family (Lynn Bratchett) and Pastor Clark were present to accept their award.


Outstanding Religious Group Sponsor: Riverton United Methodist Church, Front Royal, Va.

The Church’s Outreach Ministry sponsors the Red Cross blood drive the last Tuesday of every other month. At one time this group struggled to meet its 45-pint goal, but now these faithful volunteers consistently deliver 55 to 65 donations each drive. The group recruits spectacular refreshments, from Papa John’s Pizza to homemade tea sandwiches and brownies and other items from the church volunteers, fresh donuts donated by Handi-Mart, and sodas and juice donated by the local Martin’s Grocery. It’s a neighborhood place where the donors don’t mind the wait as long as things keep moving along, and there’s always someone there you can visit with awhile!  The group’s leadership volunteers are Edie Reil, Ann Cooper, Jeanie Stoots, Neda Duncan, Wanda Darr, Betty Smith and Pat Derflinger. Their families also help with snow shoveling, escorting donors and other volunteer responsibilities.


Outstanding Religious Group Sponsor: Springs Mennonite Church, Springs, Pa.

Springs Mennonite Church is a new sponsor account which has hosted in honor of, in memory of, bone marrow and high school blood drives. In addition, the church held an information session in April, and despite a tornado watch, 45 people (40 Amish) from several church districts (Salisbury, Garrett, Rockdale, Springs, Meyersdale, & Pocahontas) attended the event, which included information on whole blood, double red cell and platelet donation, plus a CPR demonstration and health and safety topics provided by the Western Potomac Chapter in Cumberland, Md. Springs Mennonite Church and church members set up the hall, contributed food and beverages and fresh flowers, and assisted with guest registration and transportation of attendees requesting it. The Amish community in Flemingsburg/Mays Lick, Kentucky, has

already discussed holding a similar educational/recruitment event for its youth. Present to accept the award were Pastor Casey Rohrer, Merlin Maust, Felicia Maust, Melinda Gibson, Mark Brenneman and Karin Miller.


Outstanding Religious Group Sponsor: St. James the Greater Catholic Church Knights of Columbus, Charles Town, W. Va.

Steve “Hoot” Gibson started this drive with the Knights of Columbus as sponsors. He had lots of questions at his planning meeting and twice as much determination and enthusiasm to have the blood drive reach his personal goal of 75 units. He did all the right things. He had 75 presenting donors at a first time June drive, and the expected productive units. The church added a second drive three days before Christmas and continues to hold two drives annually when it’s needed most: summer and December. This last December their drive produced 73 units and it is Gibson’s last drive. He has taken early retirement and is currently in Alabama helping his mother recover from the devastation of the recent tornados. The Red Cross wishes him and his wife, Linda, the very best as they relocate to Alabama and looks forward to working with the church’s new blood drive coordinator.


Outstanding Religious Group Sponsor: St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church Confirmation Class, Bellefonte, Pa.

For more than 20 years this parish’s service to the community has included giving life to those who need blood. Each December, under the leadership of Shirley Boldin, the confirmation class at St. John's has sponsored a blood drive for which every confirmation candidate is asked to recruit at least five donors from among friends and family. Over the past 20 years they have collected more than 2,000 units of blood.


Pint Size Heroes Award: Hollidaysburg Area School District, Hollidaysburg, Pa.

The district’s four elementary schools – Allegheny 1, Charles W. Longer, Foot of Ten and Frankstown – have sponsored a collaborative blood drive each February since 2007. The drives, which are attended by parents and teachers from all four schools, are held annually at Charles W. Longer Elementary School. Each year the Red Cross recruitment representative kicked off the blood drive by making presentations by grade level at each school. Students took home invitation letters and recruited their parents and relatives. The drive has collected 330 pints, averaging 65 pints per year, and helping to save almost 1,000 lives over the course of their five-year long-standing commitment to the Red Cross. Tim Gildeh of Charles W. Longer Elementary School accepted the award on behalf of the district.


Pint Size Heroes Award: Ripley Middle School, Ripley, W. Va.

This school’s blood drive was held this past April 11 in honor of Ross Taylor, a local resident who recently underwent a liver transplant and was transfused with more than 100 blood products. The blood drive was goaled at 75 donations; 139 individuals registered to donate and 114 productive donations were given. The school was unable to send a representative to the event; the award will be presented at a later date.


Pint Size Heroes Award: South Jefferson Elementary School, Healthy Choice Ambassadors, Charles Town, W. Va.

This school has consistently delivered successfully on goals of 45 each year. Due to the school’s new safety policy enacted in 2010, blood drives had to be moved to dates when school is not in session. The school’s 2011 drive was held on Martin Luther King Day and coordinated

by a new sponsor, the Healthy Choice Ambassadors. This group of 4th and 5th grade students

engages fellow students in healthy, active pursuits and community service. Students helped to recruit donors and made announcements daily concerning blood donation and heart facts. Members and their parents gave of their time and talents on their school holiday to give others the gift of life and plan to make this an annual project. Rick Jenkins is the school principal and (Mr.) Chris Atkins, physical education teacher and 2010 Jefferson County Teacher of the year, is the sponsor contact.  School representatives were unable to attend the June 7 event.


Private High School of the Year Award: Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School, Altoona, Pa.

Prior to September 11, 2001, Bishop Guilfoyle hosted one blood drive a year; since then, the school has held as many as five annually. These drives have included “In Honor Of” blood drives for faculty and students undergoing cancer treatments. Refreshments are provided by the generous donations of local restaurants and stores. The school participates in the Red Cross Making a Difference Scholarship Program, and three students benefit from monies earned, the president, student blood drive coordinator and student assistant blood drive coordinator from the Student Council, which organizes the blood drives. Occasionally, a student will host summer blood drives in order to earn scholarship money. Present to accept Bishop Guilfoyle’s award were Rebecca Davies, Student Council president; Nick Ciambotti, student blood drive coordinator; Carolyn Silveira and Suzanne Thoma, faculty advisor.


University Spirit Award: Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Duquesne’s successful blood drives are due to the leadership of Rebecca Jamrozik, director of Greek Life, who accepted the award on behalf of the university. She coordinates two blood drives each year, inspiring the fraternities and sororities to meet the goals of each mobile. She assigns Greek officers who are required to get sign-ups and schedule donors and volunteers. She finds and schedules the site, which can be challenging on this size campus, and arranges for free parking for the staff. While she has many other activities and responsibilities, Jamrozik makes certain the blood drives are successful. At the last blood drive, 180 people presented to give blood. Her enthusiasm and positive attitude motivates the students to do their best.


University Spirit Award: Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, Pa.

During the 2010-11 school year, the newly founded Slippery Rock University Red Cross Club held three successful Red Cross blood drives. Under the leadership of Mike Crum, the Club significantly increased the school’s donations over previous years. For its second drive, held in December, the Club partnered with the John P. Bell Family Foundation to bring Lizzie Bell and her mother to the school to help promote the blood drive and meet donors. Bell, diagnosed in infancy with Diamond Blackfan Anemia, a congenital disorder that affects only 500-700 people worldwide, speaks about her experience as a blood recipient. This blood drive netted 98 donations on a goal of 75 and plans are in the works to expand the Team Lizzie blood drive next year. The school’s February blood drive was held in memory of a deceased student; the drive produced 102 donations toward an initial goal of 75. Crum leads efforts to obtain food and other sponsors; promote blood drives through traditional and social media; and partner with campus and community agencies. Crum accepted the award along with Dr. Carol Holland of the University.


University Spirit Award: West Virginia University at Parkersburg, Parkersburg, W. Va., and Jackson County Center, Ripley, W. Va.

During the 2010-11 school year, the Parkersburg campus increased its blood drive productivity by 17% over the previous year, to 82 donations. In April the Jackson County Center campus held its first blood drive in ten years, netting 43 donations toward a goal of 35. Kudos to Tom Yencha and his student committee at Parkersburg and Violet Mosser and her student committee at the Jackson County Center for their recruitment efforts and other assistance provided before and during the drives. Present to accept the award along with Mosser were Erica Folden and Barbie Dunbar.


Unsung Heroes Award: Bob & Millie Tuckerman, Franklin, W. Va.

Bob and Millie Tuckerman began sponsoring the Pendleton Community drive in January 2000.  For four to five years, he wrote a check each time for the rent of the library room, even though he was on the board and could have asked to use it.  When asked why he said, “They needed the money.” The Moose now underwrites the cost of the room rent for each blood drive. Millie takes their responsibilities seriously. She couldn’t attend the annual meeting due to foot surgery, which was planned around their next blood drive on June 20, when they are celebrating 25 gallon donors’ contributions throughout the years. This drive will include a celebration cake and coverage by the local newspaper. The other loves in the Tuckermans’ lives are their four children, seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild and traveling to see them in Utah, Maryland, Virginia, Arkansas and Texas, as well as enjoying the deer at their home so deep in the West Virginia mountains they truly don’t get mail delivery to their home.