Houchin Community Blood Bank nominated two of its valued community partners for national awards from America’s Blood Centers under their 17th Annual Awards of Excellence program, and both won! KGET TV 17 won the Media of the Year Award from among all media partnerships presented by blood banks of any size, and Outdoor Galore won the Most Creative Blood Drive Award from those submitted by small blood banks like ours for the annual Givin’, Grillin’ and Chillin’ the OG Way Blood Drive.
Houchin’s Joy Invina, and Kiyoshi Tomono, Anchor of 17 News at Sunrise discuss the KGET mobile drive in 2013
KGET TV 17 received the highest national media honor for their annual kick-off of the Community Wide Blood Drive (CWBD), staged across the street from the station at “Compassion Corner” in downtown Bakersfield, for seven straight years. This one day drive has grown from 71 to 229 pints. According to the nomination: “The station challenges the public to support the CWBD to ensure we have adequate supplies to get through the end of summer. The kick-off day outside their studios is a high energy happening thanks to their all-day live coverage”. KGET also promotes the drive leading up to the kick-off Monday, then reminds the public that the drive is continuing throughout its run. This year’s KGET TV 17 kick-off of the CWBD is scheduled for Monday, July 28, 2014 from 5:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Sarah Grimes and Mackenzie Tidwell encourage donation at the first Outdoor Galore blood drive.
Outdoor Galore was recognized for organizing the very unique Givin’ Grillin’ and Chillin’ the OG Way Blood Drive developed to celebrate the opening of their ultimate outdoor living store in May 2012. Outdoor Galore organizes fantastic prizes for a donor drawing, a free barbeque, and event t-shirts to celebrate our VIP blood donors. The third annual event is coming up in April, with the mobile drive at Outdoor Galore scheduled for the weekend of April 5 and 6, 2014, from 11-5 on both Saturday and Sunday.
Our sincere congratulations go to these outstanding partners for receiving this recognition from America’s Blood Centers! Videos submitted with the winning nominations are available below.
Well-known for his enthusiastic personality and giving heart, Bob Foreman is a formidable blood donor. He received his 26 gallon license plate while donating at the Taft community blood drive on February 4, 2014. Bob has been a resident of Taft since 1948 and is well-recognized in his community. When he received his license plate, all the media from Taft captured the moment!
Bob is admired in Taft because he is known for his compassionate nature and ambitious personality. When Bob was 23, he was drafted to the military and the army required military personnel to donate blood. “I never had the opportunity to donate blood because there weren’t any blood drives in Taft and donating in the military made me realize the need for blood donors,” explained Bob. When Bob was in Korea, he helped support an orphanage because he witnessed the tribulations of the children that lost their parents during the war, “I witnessed innocent lives suffering and I wanted to help make a positive impact in their lives.”
Bob was encouraged to donate again when his boss told him there was a great need for blood in Kern County. Without skipping a heartbeat, he went to the blood bank to donate. Now, Bob is a well-known advocate for the blood bank. Every morning at 5 am, he stops by Foster’s Donuts in Taft, to converse with locals meet new people. He loves to discuss the need for blood donations. “I wish more people donated blood because it is always needed. That is why any opportunity I get, I encourage others to donate.”
Bob is a jack of all trades: he enjoys photography, volunteering at the West Kern Oil Museum in Taft, serving on the museum’s Board of Directors and for 30 years he volunteered with Kern County Sheriff Department’s Search and Rescue group. His photographs have been used in the museum’s brochure. Also, he used to be an avid motorcyclist and owned 27 motorcycles. Even though he still has a passion for motorcycling, Bob needed to take a break from riding because he wanted to put more energy into time with his wife, Sharon. “You always risk your life when you’re riding and I wanted to focus my time with my wife.” Bob encourages others to donate, “if you are healthy, why not give it a try? It is an honorable thing to do and there are not enough donors to meet the needs and demands of the community, so now I am going to work on hitting my 27th gallon.”
Our great friends at Rusty’s Pizza Parlor have heard our calls for additional donors at both donor centers and decided to do something about it. Throughout March 2014, donors, and friends of Houchin who can’t donate, can send in or bring in a new donor, and both will receive a coupon for a delicious FREE two item large pizza! All you have to do to participate is pick up as many “Send a Friend” forms as you need at either donor center, or download the form here.
Just fill in the top part for yourself, and have your new donor fill in the bottom and turn it in when they donate. Each of you will receive your free pizza coupons in the mail directly from Rusty’s. The coupons are good through May 31, 2014 at any of Rusty’s nine convenient locations.
This is a fabulous opportunity to earn a free large pizza for yourself while you help us find more new donors. And that’s not all. You can recommend more than one new donor to us for additional free pizza coupons! This fantastic opportunity is only available during March, so start planning who you can ask to become a new donor today! People often report they have never donated blood because they weren’t asked. Here is a great chance to change that by asking people to become donors this month.
Since its beginning in 1969 in the Santa Barbara area, Rusty’s Pizza has been involved in the community with a strong emphasis on children through school programs, youth organizations and a number of community engagement projects.
We just cannot thank Rusty’s Pizza of Bakersfield enough for their ongoing support of our mission to provide a safe and adequate blood supply for Kern County. Regular donors are familiar with the free individual pizza coupons offered quarterly each year and on all high school drives. Now, through this generous “Send a Friend” offer, Rusty’s is helping us reach new donors through a network of friends like you, so send in your new donors today!
The Bakersfield Condors are now owned by the five-time Stanley Cup Champion Edmonton Oilers and one lucky donor will score a great new prize during this year’s Condors Out for Blood Drive: the use of the Condors VIP Suite with a great view of all the game action. Everyone will really be impressed with the luxurious accommodations including a ride up the VIP elevators and no-host waiter/waitress service. Optional catering is also available in the suite.
Hopefully you have seen our fun commercial with the Bakersfield Condors on local television shown above.
The Condors have been treating families to a great night out for 16 years, while on the ice they are getting ready for the playoffs and are one of the hottest teams in the league. They have one of the best goalies in the ECHL, two of the leading scorers and they aren’t afraid to drop the gloves!
For your chance to win this fabulous night out in Condorstown, donate during this year’s Condors Out for Blood Drive which takes place from Monday, March 10 to Saturday, March 22, 2014. During the drive, every donor will receive a voucher good for a $1 ticket to the game on March 25th against the rival Aces. With a $1 ticket, that leaves extra cash to enjoy your choice of refreshments while watching an action-packed game! The grand prize winner will be drawn at 12:00 noon on Friday, March 21 so the lucky donor can plan their guest list for the VIP Suite.
There will be a social event scheduled to meet the Condors mascots and players, and enjoy a live remote by KUZZ with prize wheel at the Bolthouse Donor Center on Monday evening, March 20 to kick off the drive. Follow us on Facebook to find out all the details on this family event as it develops, or better yet, make an appointment here, or call 616-2505, and we can share the details with you.
The Bakersfield Condors are very active in the community sponsoring such annual favorites as the Teddy Bear Toss for less fortunate children, and making public appearances at special events all over town. The Condors have become internationally know for their promotions, including the infamous escaping condor video on YouTube, which now has well over a million views! The Condors obviously like to show their fans a great time, and we hope all our donors who are not yet into this exciting sport will give a game a try with their voucher.
What would you do with a $500 Visa Card? Pay bills or make some dream come true? As part of the year-long 30th Anniversary celebration of the Executives’ Association of Kern County (EAKC), a monthly prize will be awarded to one lucky blood donor drawn from all donors each month throughout 2014. No prize slips are necessary to win the fantastic March prize sponsored by Reliable Moving and Storage.
Reliable Moving and Storage is a local, family owned moving and storage company in business for 40 years. The Reliable team provides the highest level of service backed by the full resources of United Van Lines, the largest moving company in the world. Reliable’s highly trained staff can move goods, including high-value electronics or delicate items, just about anywhere in the world. They have moved thousands of families and businesses across town, the nation and the world. We appreciate their support of blood donation in our community with this drawing prize!