Invitees and their guests enjoy the annual Gold Club Dinner at Hodel’s.
The 2016 Gold Club Dinner was held at Hodel’s on Saturday March 19th. Two hundred and fifty donors gave gold products on our trima machines at least 6 times in 2015 for an invitation for themselves and a guest to the dinner. A list of these frequent Gold Club donors appeared in the Bakersfield Californian on March 18, 2016 as provided here.
After the generous buffet, President and CEO, Greg Gallion provided those present with Houchin’s year in review. Greg was joined by Patrick Clary, Materials and Blood Inventory Manager, who discussed our commitment to avoiding outdating any products.
Bob and Tennie Pomroy were the guest speakers sharing his fight against cancer.
They were followed by a heartfelt keynote address by Bob Pomroy and his wife Tennie. Tracy Hunter, Community Development Account Manager, introduced the couple, and told how Bob’s request to be squeezed in for a platelet appointment showed him to have a seriously low platelet count which ultimately lead to months of very difficult, but ultimately successful, treatments for a rare form of leukemia.
Bob and Tennie credit the early detection made possible by the pre-screening at Houchin; Bob’s excellent local treatment which required many blood products; and their faith, for seeing him through to remission. They thanked all the donors present for the gifts of life that Bob received, and for their ongoing service to other patients.
Daniel Reed and his wife enjoyed the dinner, especially when he was chosen winner of a special prize.
Gold Club members can enter a special drawing each time they donate for a $50 monthly prize. Those entry tickets were saved all year, and 10 selected for a special drawing. The pre-selected donors were asked to stand while the one winning name was drawn. Daniel Reed ran happily to the stage to collect his one-of-a kind Gold Club cooler and $50 BevMo gift card.
Gary Ketchell was recognized by President and CEO Greg Gallion for his 1000 Gold Club achievement in 2015.
Greg Gallion, recognized Gary Ketchell for being the first to reach the 1000 platelet/plasma donation mark. Gary was presented with a unique Gold Club jacket and travel case marking this momentous achievement, as well as a $100 gift card to his favorite restaurant. Gary’s son works for Arnold Schwarzenegger, who sent a cell phone video of congratulations available here.
Prize drawings ended the evening, and each guest took home pistachios provided by Gary Ketchell, and Rold Gold pretzels compliments of Gold Club Member Mike Mayo and Frito Lay. The embroidered awards were provided compliments of Wall Street Imprintables. Terumo BCT was recognized for a cash contribution to the evening, and the following businesses were recognized for providing monthly Gold Club prizes in 2015:
- Cruz Thru Express Car Wash
- Stanley Black & Decker
- The Home Depot
- BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse
You can access more photographs of the Gold Club Dinner at our Facebook Album.
For information on how you can attend the 2016 Gold Club Dinner, call Peggy Smith at 661-616-2540.