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Blood Drive Sponsors Save Lives in Their Communities

September 26, 2017

(St. Paul, Minn.)—Memorial Blood Centers (MBC) was pleased to recognize top Metro blood drive sponsors at an appreciation breakfast held at the Metropolitan Club. Emceed by KARE 11 Sunrise's Tim McNiff, the event brought community advocates and blood drive hosts together to celebrate.

Sponsor winners

The top 20 sponsors from 2016 (and the number of units of blood they collected) are: 

  • UnitedHealth Group1541 units 
  • Target Corporation1211 units 
  • Wells Fargo1078 units 
  • Cushman Wakefield Northmarq
    1042 units 
  • Ryan Companies737 units 
  • Best Buy721 units 
  • General Mills700 units 
  • Ameriprise Financial663 units 
  • Seagate502 units 
  • Donaldson Company488 units 
  • University of Minnesota485 units
  • Cargill464 units
  • North Memorial Health Care428 units
  • CBRE422 units
  • Honeywell359 units
  • RBC Capital Markets, LLC356 units
  • Mound Westonka Community334 units
  • Xcel Energy328 units
  • Centerpoint Energy304 units
  • Starkey Hearing Technologies301 units

In addition to these top sponsors, MBC identified several community partners whose work contributes to the success of supporting hospital patients in the Metro. These include:

Rookie of the Year: Omni Brewing Co. Omni held its first MBC blood drive in April of 2016, and has scheduled three more since then—including a drive to be held immediately after Christmas, in order to help MBC’s supply during the holiday.
Battle of the Badges Winner: Rogers Police and Fire Departments. (Pictured, above.) The departments collected 74 units of blood at their Battle of the Badges blood drive this August—125% of the drive goal. To encourage donors to give blood, they served each donor a handmade banana split sundae.
Canteen Award: Mike Skelly. Mike has been volunteering with MBC since 2006, and is a permanent fixture at some blood drives. He also volunteers twice a month as a driver, delivering blood to hospital partners.
Community Citizen Award: Randy Hoefs, Isanti Community. After stepping into the role of blood drive coordinator for the Isanti Community in April 2016, Randy has coordinated nine blood drives in quick succession. He makes it his business to thank each and every blood donor for saving lives.
Holiday Hero Award: Mary Sellke, Surly Brewing. Mary strives to help MBC when we need it the most: over the holiday season. She and Surly Brewing understand the effect social media can have on an audience, and they use the tool regularly to promote their drives as part of the community service arm Surly Gives a Damn.
College Partner of the Year Award: Dianne Detloff, Augsburg University. Dianne has been a blood drive coordinator for Augsburg University since 2010. She fully believes in the important work of MBC and the value of saving lives by donating blood.
Coordinator of the Year Award: Kristi Jereska, Best Buy. In addition to coordinating blood drives for Best Buy, Kristi is often the first to donate at every Best Buy drive.

The event featured a special conversation with Andrea Gerres, her cancer-surviving son Austin, and one of Austin’s blood donors, Carroll. Andrea shared the story about the day they learned that Austin, just three years old at the time, had leukemia, and about the life-saving story of superhero blood that brought him courage through treatment. Carroll, a 48-gallon blood donor, joined them on stage to share how it feels to know that his blood helped save the life of this very special child in his community. Watch the story on YouTube by clicking here, or see it below. You can also read Austin’s story here.

About Memorial Blood Centers
Memorial Blood Centers (MBC) has been saving lives for nearly 70 years as an independent nonprofit. MBC relies on the local community to donate blood to help ensure a safe and stable blood supply is available to area hospitals and other partners throughout the country. Operating 10 donor centers and conducting hundreds of blood drives each month, MBC also provides comprehensive testing and expert technical services as a national leader in transfusion medicine. For more information, call 1-888-GIVE-BLD (1-888-448-3253) or visit MBC.ORG. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.