GLOUCESTER, Va. (November 22, 2016) — Gloucester resident Mary Beth Mayer was recognized today by Cabot Creamery Cooperative with the Cabot Community Celebrity Award for her selfless volunteerism as an American Red Cross outstanding blood drive coordinator.
For 23 years, Mayer has acted as a passionate blood drive coordinator throughout Gloucester County, helping to collect 16,000 units of blood. As a former nurse and cancer patient she understands the need for donations. Each month she hosts a drive and alternates locations at the south and north parts of the county – allowing everyone the opportunity to give the gift of life. Over the years, Mayer has built strong relationships and partnerships with churches, businesses, civic clubs and county/state organizations within Gloucester. These strong relationships are shown by the support of her donors who love her and come out to the drives to lend their support.
Mayer and a guest will join more than 60 other altruistic individuals and their guests on an all-expenses paid Alaskan cruise aboard the Celebrity Cruise Solstice, departing Seattle, Washington in June 2017. Celebrity volunteers and their guests, along with the Cabot team, will set sail to ports of call including Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway, Alaska as well as Victoria, British Columbia.
“The farm families who own Cabot are often the first to volunteer in their community,” said Roberta McDonald Senior Vice President of Marketing for the dairy cooperative. “Our farm families want to show their gratitude to those changing the lives of others for the better and strengthening their local communities.”
The 2017 Cabot Community Celebrity Cruise marks the sixth time that the farmers who own Cabot Creamery Co-operative have honored volunteers in such a grand manner. Since 2010, the Cabot Community Celebrity Awards have recognized the contributions of select volunteers across the country, spotlighting those who serve others and make notable contributions to their communities, rewarding them with the trip of a lifetime.
“Blood drive coordinators are essential members of the Red Cross family, and serve as a vital link in the lifesaving chain that connects generous blood donors with the hospital patients in need of blood and blood products,” said Donna M. Morrissey, director of national partnerships, Red Cross Biomedical Services. “We appreciate the efforts of Cabot Creamery Cooperative to highlight and reward the remarkable contributions of these dedicated volunteers.”
Red Cross blood drive coordinators support their communities by providing a convenient way to give back by hosting blood drives. Through their efforts, volunteer blood donors can help save the lives of hospital patients in need of lifesaving blood. To find out more about how you can become a blood drive coordinator and host a blood drive in your community, visit redcrossblood.org.
For more information on the Cabot Community Celebrity Award Cruise, or to learn more about true community celebrities, visit: www.cabotcelebritycruise.com
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 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
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About Cabot Creamery Co-operative:
Cabot Creamery Co-operative has been in continuous operation in Vermont since 1919, and makes a full line of cheeses, yogurt, sour cream, cottage cheese and butter. Widely known as makers of “The World’s Best Cheddar,” Cabot is owned by the 1100 dairy farm families in New England and New York For more information on Cabot, visit: http://www.cabotcheese.coop