Gold-level Groups Honored at Annual 'Celebration'
The Blood Center honored its gold-level donor groups on Feb. 20 at the annual "A Celebration of Life" luncheon and awards presentation. More than 800 businesses, churches, schools and other organizations achieved this distinction in 2012 by hosting blood drives at least once every quarter.
Held at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, the event celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Commit for Life program. Several blood recipients who participated in the Commit for Life campaign photo shoot over the past 10 years were invited to attend as guests of honor.
The event also featured a testimonial by Ann-Marie Servos, who received blood transfusions in addition to a stem cell transplant throughout her battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.
Jennifer Reyna, traffic anchor from KPRC Local 2, presented Special Category Awards to groups that went above and beyond in their life-saving efforts in 2012.
Award recipients were:
Church of the Year – St. John Vianney Catholic Church
College/Education Group of the Year – College of the Mainland
Community Advocates of the Year – Champions Community Advocates
Corporation of the Year - KBR
Group of the Year (Small) – Mary Queen Catholic Church
Group of the Year (Medium) – Shell - Deer Park
Group of the Year (Large) – Knights of Columbus #2490
High School of the Year – Barbara Jordan High School for Careers
Hospital of the Year – Memorial Hermann Healthcare System
New Group of the Year – Glazier Foods Company
Bill T. Teague Award – Kyle Russell, The Woodlands United Methodist Church