September Donor-Sky Plotner

IMG_0159Many 15 year old’s think about getting their driver’s license when they turn 16, but Sky Plotner was thinking about saving a life. She began to talk blood donation over with her mother. “I told my mother what it was, what the qualifications were, and that I needed her permission.” On her 16th birthday she began to donate blood at Liberty High School.

Sky is a member of our Gallon Grad Club.The letter of recommendation that students get when they reach the gallon mark can be used for school and job applications. “I found it helpful when applying to schools for the fall, Sky says.”

Sky is interested in doing something more to save lives. She has her heart set on doing automate donation on our Trima machines so she can donate platelets for cancer patients and plasma for burn victims. She likes the fact she will be able to donate these products more often throughout the year. “It might take a little longer but, it’s a little extra something that I can do to help someone’s life.”

She donates on a regular basis because, “it makes me happy to save someone’s life.” When it comes to donating, “I believe that if you are eligible you should get in and donate.” Although Sky donates on a regular basis, she learned something new recently. “I always thought that the blood went from me straight to the other person. I didn’t know that so much went into providing the blood for someone else.”

In her spare time, Sky likes to read mysteries, watch her favorite shows on the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon, and travel to Arizona to visit family. We are proud to have this fine young lady as a dedicated donor!

September Donor Can Win Spree!

ShoppingWe all know the drill, back to school means buying lots of new stuff from clothes to electronics and everything in between. So it makes perfect sense that the Executives’ Association of Kern County (EAKC) 30/30 Drawing for September is a $500 Valley Plaza Shopping Spree, compliments of  Baldwin-Georgeton Insurance Agency, Inc. Each month throughout 2014 member businesses are offering a donor prize in honor of EAKC’s 30th Anniversary.

Baldwin-Georgenton Insurance Agency is a full service Health and Life Insurance Firm serving the community for over 75 years. Baldwin-Georgenton Insurance Agency is staffed by knowledgeable professionals, specializing in employee benefits, claims services and administration practices. 

Georgenton InsuranceBaldwin-Georgenton Insurance Agency is run by founder Bill Georgenton’s daughter Tamara Georgenton and son Bill Georgenton, Jr. Tamara is very active in the local community. She serves on the Board of Religious Education at St. Philips and she is active in the Junior League of Bakersfield and EAKC. Both Tamara and Bill continue their father’s legacy of serving the community by sharing their knowledge of insurance and financial services, and responding to their client’s challenges with real world solutions. We appreciate their support of blood donation in our community with this great drawing prize!

To enter to win this great prize, all you have to do is donate blood, platelets or plasma during September; no drawing slips necessary! To find out more about the EAKC 30/30 monthly prize drawing during 2014 click here.



Fair Wristband Drive Returns

wristbandThanks to  Mish Funeral Home – Oildale, we are able to offer our donors the chance to win one of 18 carnival ride wristband coupons for the 5th straight year.  This year the drawings will be held from Monday, September 15 to Wednesday, September 17, 2014. The winners receive “advance sale coupons” which are good for a carnival ride wristband once inside the great Kern County Fair The Fair is scheduled from September 17-28, 2014, and this great drawing is always a hit with donors, so schedule your appointment today!

Kern County Fair carnival ride wristbands are valued at $30 each at the fair or $25 in advance.  They are good for all rides, all day, unlimited on any one day of the Fair. They do not include admission or parking at the Fair, and there are height and other restrictions on those who can ride. Winners will be announced daily so wristband coupons can be picked up in plenty of time to enjoy the rides at the Fair!

Mish DignityMish Funeral Home – Oildale is an award-winning firm offering families a comforting environment with a hospitality room, children’s play room, spacious chapel, exceptional service and a highly professional staff with Spanish-speaking capabilities. They provide the convenience of an on-site crematory, and are proud to be a member of the Dignity Memorial® network of funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers. 

We thank Mish Funeral Home – Oildale for their support of blood banking in our community by making this 5th annual event for our donors possible!

Give Twice this Summer!

2013 Twice is Nice1There is still time to pledge to take the Twice as Nice Pledge 2 Give this summer if you have given at least once since May 1, 2014. The goal of the Twice as Nice Campaign is to encourage people to Pledge 2 Give twice between May 1 and September 30 each year so we can keep our blood supply steady to meet patient needs throughout the season. Donors who keep their two donation pledge will be entered into a drawing to win a fabulous computer. To qualify, you must give once by August 5 then again by September 30 and sign up for the drawing below.


One lucky donor will win this fabulous HP Pavilion 15t Touchscreen Laptop!

Dedicated donors last year noticed that three donations could be made from May 1 to Septemeber 30, so this year we are recognize those who are Thrice as Nice! Donors who give three times this summer, will have two chances to win the HD touchscreen laptop pictured, which features BeatsAudio with Dual Speakers, Windows 8.1, a webcam and disc slot for movies and games.

Two qualify for two chances on the laptop your first donation had to be made between May 1 to June 10, and the second by August 5. The final donation is due by September 30. The random drawing will be made from those pledging below after September 30.

So pledge today using the form below: