A Special Tribute to KRV Donors

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOn October 16, 2014 we celebrated our wonderful Kern River Valley donors with an appreciation evening at The Lodge at Painted Rock in Lake Isabella.  We have an ongoing and very special relationship with our donors in the Kern River Valley, where we collect an average of 70 pints a month at the community drive. The Kern River Valley blood drives have grown substantially due to the tremendous support and giving spirit of the people who live there.
Christina Scrivner, Account Manager for Eastern Kern, served as Master of Ceremonies for the event, which featured remarks from Greg Gallion, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Amanda Mason, Chief Operations Officer. Donors were treated to a delicious meal catered by the Chatterbox Cafe.  More than 75 people were in attendance. We were able to show appreciation for all our donors, and give special thanks to our previous chair people Larry and Joann Luntz, as well as our current chairperson Kathy Agapiou. Kathy is also a blood recipient and shared her amazing story at the event.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe surprise honoree was Byron “Dean” McClellan, who has donated 24 gallons and was recognized with a certificate and flag flown over the United States Capitol from Congressman Kevin McCarthy’s office, as well as certificates from State Senator Jean Fuller and Kern County Supervisor Mick Gleason. “The generous blood donors in the Kern River Valley continue to make such a meaningful impact to our county’s blood supply, we were very excited to host this event as a small token of our thanks and gratitude!” said Christina Scrivner.

November 2014 Donor of the Month

photo 1 (2)When you become a donor of any sort it means that you are thinking of someone other than yourself and Ronald “Tiger” Rossi lives by this statement on a daily basis. Tiger is a blood, marrow and philanthropic donor.

Tiger began donating when a couple of his close friends were in a terrible boating accident. His friends needed blood products so the doctor asked if friends and family members could donate for them. Without any hesitation, Tiger and his friends went to our old G Street location to donate blood. “I always wanted to donate but, this incident gave me a reason to start and to keep donating,” explained Tiger.

Now, Tiger has donated 18 gallons, “as long as I am healthy, I will continue to give and hopefully I will pass the great donors, George Kimm and Emery Barnes,” said Tiger. Tiger has had many memorable moments at the blood bank. Tiger was the first donor at our first mobile at Liberty High School and also at Frontier High School. Tiger is a supportive parent and he wanted to show his children how easy it was to make a difference in someone’s life.

Golden Empire Concrete

Tiger worked for Golden Empire Concrete and this was his truck that he use to drive around town. He wanted to help promote blood donation where ever he went.

A few years ago, Tiger registered to become a bone marrow donor because he was inspired by Mikella McAuley’s story, “her grandfather was my UPS deliveryman and he was raising awareness and I wanted to help give another tomorrow for patient’s like Mikella.” Fast forward to 2013, Tiger became a bone morrow donor on Father’s Day. He helped gave a 67 year old another chance at life. “It is always a great feeling when you receive thank you letters from recipients. This proves to me that wow, I am a superhero and I do save lives,” Tiger said.

Besides being a super donor, Tiger enjoys spending time with his family and he is heavily involved with the CSU Bakersfield’s Athletic Department. Tiger encourages others to donate,” I am an every 8 week blood donor and when I can’t donate, especially knowing that a child needs help, it makes me upset. That’s why I hope that someone can take my place or cover for people that can’t donate, to give the gift of life.”

Destination for Your Donation Back

hawaii_twilightThe annual Destination for Your Donation Blood Drive is back and bigger than ever.  We thank Paramount Farms for sponsoring a Hawaii Vacation Package for one lucky donor good for five nights and six days in our great vacation state.  All you have to do to enter is fill in an entry slip when you donate between November 17 and 29, 2014.  This annual drive helps us kick off the holiday season, just in time to remind people that the need for blood, platelets and plasma will not decline as holiday festivities get underway.

Paramount FarmsParamount Farms is the world’s largest grower and processor of almonds and pistachios. Working with their Grower Partners, they farm 125,000 sunny acres that deliver 450 million pounds of nuts. We are thrilled that this internationally recognized corporation has chosen to recognize the contributions of Kern County blood donors with this awesome prize drawing again this year.

Bricks to Honor Veterans

Veterans brickDo you have a veteran in your family to recognize this Veterans Day? Consider a brick in our Path of Life at the new Bolthouse Donor Center. Bricks start at just $125 and are located at the entrance to our new headquarters building at 11515 Bolthouse Drive. This path is a permanent installation surrounded by lush landscaping and beautiful water features.

Larger gift opportunities are also available, such as tiles on our Friends of Houchin Wall and benches in our lovely gardens. To order a brick or tile, or to learn more about how your 100% tax-deductible gift can be permanently incorporated into our new facility, call Pam Hornbuckle at 661-332-5677.


Win Groceries in November

Woman holding grocery bagOne November blood donor will win a $500 Albertsons Grocery Store Gift Card thanks to Kern Computer Corporation.  Wouldn’t that be great for the holidays? There are no forms to fill out as your donation of blood, platelets, or plasma at any mobile drive or at either donor center serves as an automatic entry during the month. 

This drawing is part of the Executives’ Association of Kern County 30/30 Drawing, which offers a new prize each month during 2014 to celebrate the organization’s 30th Anniversary. Kern Computer Corporation was happy to underwrite an Albertsons gift card because we organize blood drives throughout Kern County at Albertsons store locations. This is one way to show our appreciation for Albertsons’ ongoing support of blood donation in our community.

KCClogo484stackedKern Computer Corporation has been in business for 32 years, catering to the computer needs of a select clientele. Services include computer hardware consultation and support, networking and repair. Kern Computer Corporation has been a proud member of the Executives’ Association of Kern County for decades and is proud to give back to the community through this donation supporting the volunteer blood donors of Kern County.