Press release from the American Red Cross:
Allen County residents, organizations and businesses honored
Red Cross Distributes Awards for Outstanding Support
On Friday, Oct. 2, the American Red Cross Blood Services, Indiana-Ohio Region, hosted its annual meeting and recognition luncheon at the Orthopaedic Capital Center in Winona Lake. Many awards were given out, including the Outstanding Blood Donor, Youth Volunteer, Volunteer Service, Lifesaver, Growing by Leaps and Bounds, First Time Sponsor, Faithful Friend and Creative Genius Awards.
The Outstanding Blood Donor Award recognizes the individual in each county served by the Indiana-Ohio Region who had the highest donation frequency in Fiscal Year 2009. If there was a tie for highest frequency in a county, the donor with a combination of highest donation frequency and highest lifetime donations was recognized.
- Leonard Harlan of Fort Wayne was honored for donating 183 units in his lifetime and seven times this past year.
The Outstanding Youth Volunteer Award recognizes the young members of the community who take responsibility for the success of a blood drive in their area.
- Travis Armstrong of Fort Wayne, Elmhurst High School
The Outstanding Volunteer Service Award recognizes the countless Red Cross volunteers at blood drives, donation centers and local Red Cross chapters who serve the community.
- Dorothy Ward of Fort Wayne
- Mary Howell of Fort Wayne
The Lifesaver Award recognizes the blood drive sponsors who were especially accommodating to the Red Cross during times of need.
- Canterbury High School
- Wayne High School
The Growing by Leaps and Bounds Award recognizes the blood drive sponsors who have increased the units of blood donated at their blood drives by at least 25 percent or who have increased the number of blood drives they hosted in the last year.
- Parkview Corporate
- Fort Wayne Metals
The First Time Sponsor Award recognizes the businesses, churches and community organizations that held their first American Red Cross blood drive during the last year.
- Hear Care Audiology
- Books Comics and Things
- Vera Bradley
- Glenbrook Dodge Hyundai
The Faithful Friend Award recognizes the sponsors and platelet donors who have continuously shown support to the American Red Cross and blood donation.
- Timothy J. Hicks of Fort Wayne was recognized for his dedication to donating platelets every two weeks and for actively encouraging others to give platelets.
The Creative Genius Award recognizes sponsors who keep a blood drive successful year after year with new ideas to grow the donor base, to execute a smooth and successful drive and to achieve a team approach to organizing and implementing a blood drive.
- Fort Wayne City-County Building
The Jump Start Award was given to a sponsor who started off the new fiscal year with a bang. This sponsor surpassed its goal of collecting 300 pints of blood in one day and broke the record for the biggest one-day community blood drive in Fort Wayne.
- Fort Wayne TinCaps
The Red Cross wishes to thank the communities of Allen County for their support of blood donation.