2015 EAKC Monthly Donor Drawings

Updated EAKC Drawing logoFor a second straight year, the Executives’ Association of Kern County is sponsoring a Monthly Donor Prize valued at $500 or more.  All donors are automatically entered to win! there are no slips to fill out, your entry form is your blood, platelet or plasma donation. Each visit to the blood bank serves as an entry that month, so whole blood donors could be entered to win 6 times, and platelet/plasma donors as many as 24 times throughout the year if they maximize their donations completely.

The EAKC was founded in 1984, and has 75 local business members, meeting weekly to network.  EAKC’s motto is “Expect the Best” and the organization prides itself on being Bakersfield’s “oldest and most trusted business network group”. Only one business can join per category, so it is an exclusive group of business leaders. Houchin Community Blood Bank has been a member since 2002. A downloadable list of EAKC’s member businesses is available here.  We hope you will consider these fine people who support blood donation in our community when you need services and supplies.

Here are the exciting prize packages for 2015:

EAKC 2015


Join us for Our Annual Spring Fling

Spring fling cropSpring Break may be great for everyone to enjoy a week off from school or work, it is hard on blood banks nationwide. Between travel and family activities, we know it is hard to find time to donate blood, platelets and plasma. But we hope you will try!

To remind donors that Spring Break is actually a great week to find an hour to save lives, we host a Spring Fling Blood Drive each year. Universal Studios 50thThis year’s dates are March 23 to April 4, 2015. Each day during the drive, 4 lucky donors will win a free Kern Value Card (KVC) membership, and all donors during the drive will be entered to win two 3 day admission passes to Universal Studios Hollywood and a gas card to get there. Universal Studios Hollywood is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year with new rides and attractions.

Kern Value Card LogoKVC members receive special admission pricing to many attractions besides Universal Studios, such as Six Flags (r) Magic Mountain, Disneyland (R) Resort , Legoland (r) California Resort and Knott’s Berry Farm. KVC members also receive hundreds and hundreds of discounts on dining, shopping and retail, services and entertainment. Click here for a full list of participating merchants.

The need for blood never takes a vacation, so we hope to see you over Spring Break!


St. Patrick’s Day Pints Lead to Gold

Pint for GoldGranite Construction is sponsoring a St. Patrick’s Day Blood Drive at both donor centers again this year, on Tuesday, March 17th.  Participating in blood drives to celebrate the holiday is a nationwide effort for Granite. Together we encourage you to bring your own pint and celebrate with us. In fact, bring a friend with you!

St Pats 2014 (1)All day at both centers, the canteens will have special treats and refreshments.  Each donor will be able to “go for the gold” and pick a coin from our Granite Pot o’ Gold. Coins are marked with a prize. Prizes will include California Lottery Scratchers, Irish-for-a-Day goodies, assorted gift cards, and $20 certificates at McMurphy’s Irish Pub.   Two grand prize winners of $50 will be drawn from all the donors, one from each donor center!

Since 1922, Granite has continued a commitment to its St Pats 2 (1)clients at the private, local, state and federal level, providing award-winning construction services in mining, earthwork, water/sewer, power, tunneling, rail, highway and bridge construction. Granite also produces construction materials, such as sand, gravel, ready-mix, recycled asphalt product and asphalt concrete. As one of the largest diversified heavy civil contractors and construction materials producers in the United States, Granite strives to provide customers with the highest standards of quality, value, and service on every project.

granite-construction-squarelogo-1387305403388Granite is proud of its commitment to each community it touches.  According to former CEO Bill Dorey: “As residents of the communities we work in, we are community minded and people oriented. We take pride in knowing that the facilities we help build will benefit our friends and families. We firmly believe that our time-tested philosophy of doing each job right the first time and providing good value to our customers is the true secret of our success. It made good sense a hundred years ago, and it makes good sense today—no matter how large or how small the project.”

We appreciate Granite’s annual support of our St. Patrick’s Day Blood Drive!

EAKC Pot o’ Gold for March

$500 Pot of Gold CroppedThanks to Continental Labor & Staffing Resources we really do have a pot o’ gold for one lucky March donor. The Executives’ Association of Kern County (EAKC) prize for the month is $500 in cold hard cash! Easy to spend, easy to win.  All you need to do is donate on a mobile drive or at either donor center during the month.

Continental Labor and Staffing Resources is proud to be the chosen employment service provider in the EAKC. A  leader in staffing and safety since 1993,  Continental specializes in traditional staffing solutions including temporary help, temp-to-hire positions, and direct hire recruitment. With branches in Ridgecrest, Paso Robles, Visalia and Bakersfield, Continental is proud to serve employers in a wide variety of industries by linking them with the employees they need, on a temporary or permanent basis.

continental laborContinental’s motto is “Helping Your Company Grow One Person at a Time”, with a focus on meeting the employment needs in these areas: Heavy Industrial, Construction, Clerical, Manufacturing & Distribution, Light Industrial, and Automotive Industry. Job safety is a primary concern, so at Continental, extra care is given to ensuring that each person being placed understands that “if you BELIEVE in Safety, you will act SAFELY”. Continental’s vision is “To be recognized as the leader in staffing in the communities in which we serve and to achieve excellence in human resource solutions”.

Businesses in the Executive’s Association of Kern County provides a donor prize each month to encourage volunteers to donate blood, platelet and plasma to serve the transfusion needs of local patients.

$100 a Day Fuel Prize in February




Thanks to an anonymous business sponsor, we have extra encouragement for donors to save lives during February.  Each day there will be a $100 fuel card drawing from among all donors at mobiles and at both donor centers.  To enter, just register to donate at any location.

We are always looking for business sponsors to help forward the cause of blood, platelet and plasma donation in Kern County.  Just give Community Development a call for more information at 661-616-2500 or info@hcbb.com. It’s just another way to join our team and help save lives!

Houchin Miracle Kathy Agapiou

We are starting a new program to connect our donors to people who have survived a variety of life threatening situations and illnesses thanks to blood donors.  We are calling these people our Houchin Miracles, and they want to thank the anonymous donors who provided the blood, platelets and plasma which helped save their lives.

Our first miracle is Kathy Agapiou of Tehachapi who has survived numerous heart surgeries and cancer with the help of blood products.  This video tells her story and allows her to say thanks.

We are looking for more patient stories to feature this year.  If you, or someone you know, might want to be recognized as a Houchin Miracle, please send an e-mail to info@hcbb.com with contact information and the basic story to share so we can follow-up with you.  We look forward to sharing these stories through social media and other means to help remind us all why we are here each day to provide lifesaving products to people we will never know.  Thanks for helping us put a face to the patients blood donation helps!

Pick-Me-Up Prize for February Donors

Woman with thumbs up cropThe monthly Executives’ Association of Kern County prize all February donors will be automatically entered to win is what we are calling the Pick-Me-Up Prize. A pick-me-up is something that makes you feel better and more lively, and we could all use that this time of year! The prize consists of a $300 Master Card sponsored by Mahalo Pool Care and Alcorn Aire, plus $500 in tile, stone, and carpet care services from Clean Sweep.

This is the second year EAKC has celebrated local blood donors with a monthly prize. EAKC has been in business for 31 years fostering business networking in our community. We thank these fine business partners for contributing this month’s donor drawing prize:.

AlcornAireLogosizedAlcorn Aire, Incorporated is a family owned and operated company providing sales, service, and support for HVAC systems in both business and residential buildings throughout central California. The company was founded in 1988 by Harry Alcorn, who now has over 25 years experience in the air conditioning and heating industry. The business is based on integrity, skilled employees and solid principles. Alcorn is one of the finest providers of HVAC service in Bakersfield because of its core operating principles of fair pricing, time sensitivity, quality, and safety.

Clean Sweep Logo1Clean Sweep is owned by Ken and Kathy Pistoresi, who have helped people with their floor cleaning needs in the Bakersfield area for over 30 years. Ken is a certified expert in stone and tile restoration and cleaning, grout re-color, permanent grout sealer, concrete stains and coatings, and carpet and upholstery cleaning.  Clean Sweep has the expertise to provide warranty service work for major carpet manufacturers, and believes in educating the consumer about needed service to make the best informed decision on possible cleaning and repair techniques. Clean Sweep can advise on the best course of action for the consumer no matter how damage occurred or how serious the flooring or furnishing problem seems.


Mahalo Pool Care  is a professional and reliable pool service company owned by Erik Straub, whose motto is: “Enjoy Your Pool – We’ll Do The Rest”. This family owned business prides itself on being aware of each pool owner’s needs and concerns. They know that besides the wish for a crystal clear pool, their customers want a healthy and enjoyable environment for their families.

Help People Like Kathy Today

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Kathy is able to enjoy her granddaughter Delila thanks to blood donors like you.

Every two seconds someone needs blood.  Blood must be on the shelves at hospitals to save lives. Blood cannot be manufactured, it can only come from volunteers like you. Please join our lifesaving team today. For more information, call Peggy at 661-616-2540, or e-mail us at info@hcbb.com.

For hours and locations click here.

For information on the donation process click here.

Blood donors are welcome to drop in to either donor center, but convenient appointments are available here.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

First Annual Larry Luntz KRV Drive

JoAnne and Larry Luntz were honored at our Kern River Valley appreciation evening on October 16, 2014

JoAnne and Larry Luntz were honored for their years of service at our Kern River Valley appreciation evening on October 16, 2014.

The regular Kern River Valley Community Blood drive on February 10 from noon to 6 at the First Baptist Church in Lake Isabella has been designated the first annual Larry Luntz Memorial Blood Drive.  Larry Luntz died on December 31, 2014.  He was a treasured friend of the blood bank, and our long time blood drive volunteer in the Kern River Valley along with his wife, JoAnne.  “We were so sorry to lose Larry, but know his legacy will continue with this annual tribute drive. Larry was very motivated to encourage others to donate blood, and to see that our drives in the Kern River Valley were a success for years and years”, said Christina Scrivner, Houchin’s Account Manager for eastern Kern County.

We hope to see all our regular donors turn out for this community drive, not only to impact patient lives,  but to honor Larry’s longstanding service to blood banking in the Kern River Valley.

Resolve to Get Fit and Save Lives

Alma checks Justin's blood pressure.

Alma checks Justin’s blood pressure.

Donating blood can be an ongoing part of a healthy lifestyle.  Not only do the blood products save lives every day in hospitals county wide, but volunteer blood donors get a “mini physical” each time they donate.  From the blood pressure check to the finger stick to the cholesterol results, each of these tests helps ensure a healthy person is donating for others.

To encourage blood donation during National Blood Donor Month, Kern Family Health Care is offering a great, health-enhancing donor prize as we Resolve to Get Fit and Save Lives together in January 2015.  Throughout the month, all donors can enter to win a Wii U Family Fit,  2 player bundle which includes the console, balance board, game software and controllers, PLUS a new TV!

Kern Family LogoAccording to CEO Doug Hayward: “Kern Family Health Care recognizes the importance of donating blood.  As the largest health plan in Kern County, we know that our members rely on blood products being available when they are needed.  We are proud to partner with Houchin Community Blood Bank to promote blood donations to ensure an adequate supply of blood and blood products in our community.”

Kern Family Health Care is dedicated to improving the health status of its members through an integrated managed health care delivery system. We are pleased to join with the organization to celebrate our donors with this great month-long prize drawing, which will provide a new way to increased health for one lucky donor.