The Indiana-Ohio Region of American Red Cross Blood Services hosted its annual recognition dinner at the Fort Wayne Marriott. This year’s theme of “Saving Lives by the Numbers” highlighted the many ways in which lives can be saved and how many those lives can affect. Guests at the dinner also learned Hands Only CPR so more lives might be saved in the future.
Awards were presented to recognize the outstanding achievements and volunteer service of individuals and businesses in our region. The following were recognized from LaGrange County.
Maple Grove Church was honored with the Faithful Friends Award, which recognizes those sponsors who are always willing to open their doors when we need to use their facilities, even on short notice. They are dependable and dedicated to hosting blood drives especially when there is a critical need.
St. Joseph Catholic Church and Splash Universe were awarded the Growing by Leaps and Bounds Award that recognizes those blood drive sponsors who have either increased the pints of blood donated at their blood drives by 25 percent or more, or they have increased their drive frequency in the last year.
JoAnn Bovee of Stroh and Madonna Price of LaGrange were both given the Outstanding Volunteer Service Award. They were recognized for the countless Red Cross volunteers who serve the community at blood drives, donation centers and local Red Cross chapters.
The Red Cross thanks these honorees and the entire community for its support of blood donation.