LUFKIN, TX - Carter BloodCare is taking a night to honor their top donors at its Annual Dinner and Awards Banquet. The banquet was held Thursday night, March 12, 2009 at Ralph & Kacoo's.
Carter recognized blood donors in the Lufkin area who have reached significant milestones in their giving history, as well as recognition to blood drive hosts and chairpersons for their contributions in 2008. Donor awards include: 5 gal and 10 gal, 100+ lifetime donations, and at least 10 apheresis donations in 2008. Awards were given to some local high schools for their excellence in the high school blood drive program as well as local businesses and community programs for their achievements in 2008. In addition, one blood drive sponsor of the year award will be honored.
Carter BloodCare collected about 44,000 units of blood helping to supply local East Texas hospitals and care centers. "There is no substitute for human blood," Executive Director, Joe Ridley said. "The only way our centers can operate and provide the blood needed for lifesaving transfusions is by people choosing to donate."
Carter BloodCare provides blood to 96 percent of hospitals and healthcare facilities throughout 54 North Central and East Texas counties. Carter Bloodcare is accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks, licensed by the Food and Drug Administration and is a member of America's Blood Centers.
Everyone is encouraged to save lives by giving blood. Potential donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good general health, although Carter recently began accepting 16 year old donors with parental consent. More information about blood drives, donor center locations or hours of operation can be found at www.carterbloodcare.org or by calling 1-800-252-5584.
Carter BloodCare saves lives by making transfusion possible.
BLOOD DONOR RECOGNITION
JERRY DEAN COKER --- LUFKIN
MICHAEL SCOTT DAVIS --- LUFKIN
DAVID LEON EAVES --- JOAQUIN
LYNDA JEAN LANGSTON --- LUFKIN
WILLIAM LEON MEWBORN --- ZAVALLA
MICHAEL E RAMSEY --- LUFKIN
DAVID MERLE CULP --- LUFKIN
CECIL JAMES HALEY --- LUFKIN
BLOOD DRIVE EXCELLENCE AWARDS
High Schools Awarded with Blood Drive Excellence Awards:
Elkhart High School
Central High School
Westwood High School
2008 High School of the Year:
Palestine High School
Corporations Awarded with Blood Drive Excellence Awards:
UPRR Palestine Car Shop
Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Palestine
2008 Corporation of the Year:
Texas Energy Support - Palestine
2008 Blood Drive Chairperson of the Year: