Bob's Discount Furniture $100,000 High School Heroes Scholarship Program Grand Prize awarded to Academy at Charlemont students
July 16, 2012 (Charlemont, MA): Bob’s Discount Furniture and the American Red Cross announced the grand prize winner of the Bob’s Discount Furniture $100,000 High School Heroes Scholarship Program is The Academy at Charlemont in Charlemont, Massachusetts. The Grand Prize was awarded to The Academy at Charlemont for the highest percentage of participation at their high school blood drives in the 2011-2012 school year. The Academy at Charlemont conducted two blood drives during the 2011-2012 school year, collecting 114 blood donations. Since one unit of blood can help up to three patients, the school’s efforts may have helped as many as 342 patients.
The Bob’s Discount Furniture $100,000 High School Heroes Scholarship Program honored eight outstanding high school seniors at The Academy at Charlemont who made exceptional contributions to their schools’ volunteer blood donor programs.
“We have partnered with the Red Cross for more than 15 years because it is a great way to give back to the communities and individuals that have made us successful,” said Bob Kaufman, President and Co-Founder of Bob’s Discount Furniture. “It is an honor for the Bob’s team to offer these scholarships in recognition of these students and their efforts to help the Red Cross save lives, because to give the gift of life is the ultimate gift.”
“The Bob’s Discount Furniture $100,000 High School Heroes Scholarship Program helps the Red Cross make a difference in the lives of patients and empowers high school students to take a leadership role,” said Donna M. Morrissey, Director of Communications, American Red Cross Northeast Division. “This year, 30 schools in Massachusetts will receive scholarship awards for 60 students through the Bob’s Discount Furniture $100,000 High School Heroes Scholarship Program for their work on increasing blood donations from high school blood drives.”
The Bob’s Discount Furniture $100,000 High School Heroes Scholarship Program recognizes outstanding high school seniors in Massachusetts and Connecticut who have made exceptional contributions to their schools’ volunteer blood programs by awarding $100,000 in scholarships each year. Students who host at least two high school blood drives per year and achieve an annual participation rate of at least 30 percent of their schools’ age-eligible student population are qualified to win a base scholarship of $250. They are also eligible to win additional scholarships, including up to eight $1,000 grand prize scholarships per winning school. For complete rules, visit mybobs.com.
About the Bob’s Discount Furniture and American Red Cross Partnership:
Since 1996, Bob Kaufman has been supporting the Red Cross in New England by hosting blood drives at Bob’s Discount Furniture stores. Through the generosity of Bob, employees, customers and members of the community, Bob’s Discount Furniture Blood Drives have collected more than
33,000 units of lifesaving blood. In 2005, Kaufman wrote a personal check for $175,000 to buy the Red Cross a new bloodmobile. Since being put into operation, this bloodmobile has collected over 17,000 units of blood for patients in need.
Bob knows the crucial importance of a sufficient blood supply. Medical crises required two of his family members to undergo regular blood transfusions. Bob lost his father Leo Kaufman and his 16-year-old nephew Scott Mulready to leukemia. The Kaufman family is forever thankful for the extra time with them made possible, in part, by blood donors from across New England.
In recent years, Bob’s Discount Furniture has extended its commitment to support the Red Cross by partnering with the New England Patriots to host super drives at Gillette Stadium. In March 2008, Bob Kaufman received the Biomedical Achievement Award, from the American Red Cross national headquarters in Washington, D.C. This national award recognizes selfless service and dedication to the mission of the Red Cross, and is one of the highest honors bestowed by the American Red Cross.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.