Pontiac Community Blood Drive Coordinator Inducted in the Fenwal Donation Hall of Fame

October 3, 2011

Heart of America Blood Services Region blood donor Dixie Vogel has been inducted into the Donation Hall of Fame, sponsored by Fenwal, Inc. The Donation Hall of Fame recognizes individuals nationwide who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to blood donation.

Heart of America Blood Region will team up with Fenwal to induct Vogel into the Donation Hall of Fame at a ceremony to be held during the Pontiac Community blood drive on October 26, 2011 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Pontiac VFW Hall, 531 Lincoln Ave. in Pontiac, Ill.  At 1 p.m. Fenwal, Inc. will honor Vogel for her many contributions to people in need of blood transfusions.

“It’s a fitting tribute to one of our most dedicated blood drive coordinators,” said Shelly Heiden, CEO of Heart of America Blood Services region of the Red Cross. “Dixie Vogel has selflessly given the gift of life to patients in need and is a hero to the Pontiac community.”

Vogel has served as chairperson of community blood and platelet drives in Pontiac for more than 30 years.  She is one of 12 inspiring donation stories across the country selected for the Fenwal 2011 Donation Hall of Fame.

Each month, during her 30 years of volunteer service with the Red Cross, Vogel coordinates a blood drive collecting platelets, whole blood, and double red cells. She averages more than 75 donors at her blood drives. A couple of years ago, a young woman in the Pontiac community was diagnosed with lymphoma and required blood products during her treatment. Vogel rallied the community in support of this family and recruited many first time donors and platelet donations. She organized an additional platelet drive every month, on a Sunday, in honor of the young lymphoma patient. Even though this woman lost her battle, Vogel has continued to host all 24 platelet drives each year and continues to grow the Red Cross presence in the community.

Vogel has recruited multiple churches as sponsors who donate their space, volunteers, and canteen services. Her positive energy is unwavering. Her joy and enthusiasm have made the blood program in Pontiac truly stand out. She continues to be active in other community organizations as well, chairing the Needy Kids Fund, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and foster care programs, and has been recognized as Pontiac’s Volunteer of the Year in 1999 and Citizen of the Year in 1990. Vogel recently joined the Heart of America Blood Services board of directors.

Blood centers across the country submitted nominations for this year’s Donation Hall of Fame. Winners were chosen based on their demonstrated commitment and passion to donating blood and/or encouraging blood donation. Each winner will receive a personalized award from Fenwal and will be featured in the company’s 2012 product-dating calendar they provide to U.S. blood centers.

“Each and every donor inducted into the Donation Hall of Fame is an amazing individual, and we are honored to be able to recognize Dixie Vogel with this award,” said Ron Labrum, Fenwal president and CEO. “The gift of blood is a gift of life and we hope these donors’ stories will inspire others to support their communities through blood donation.”

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.  Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. 

About the American Red Cross

Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.

About Fenwal

Fenwal is a leading, global healthcare company focused on the development, manufacture and marketing of products and services for the transfusion medicine industry. The company provides a comprehensive portfolio of products and services for manual and automated blood collection, processing and storage. For more information, please visit www.fenwalinc.com.