KBC to Honor Volunteers in Somerset April 16, 2009

Recognition Luncheon at the Center for Rural Development Will Spotlight Those Who Help Save Lives

SOMERSET, Ky. – The Kentucky Blood Center is honoring Somerset area volunteers Thursday at a Recognition Luncheon at the Center for Rural Development.

Many of those being recognized Thursday are people who coordinate blood drives. These volunteers work diligently to coordinate successful blood drives at their workplace, community center, church or school. Volunteers with the following organizations are being recognized today:

American Cancer Society Somerset
Baptist Regional HealthCare
Casey County Hospital
Christian Appalachian Project
Clear Channel Radio Somerset
Christian Health Center
City of Somerset
Ft. Logan Hospital
Hospice of Lake Cumberland
Knox Central High School
Lake Cumberland District Health Department
Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital
Laurel County Cookie Factory
Laurel Grocery Company
Monticello Wal Mart
Outdoor Adventure
Rockcastle Hospital
Russell County Hospital
Saint Joseph London
Senture, LLC
Somerset Community College Laurel Campus South
Somerset Dept. of Highways
Somerset Forcht Bank
Somerset Houseboats
Somerset Nursing & Rehab
Stephens Pipe Steel
Tarter Gate
Wayne County Hospital
Wayne Supply
West Lake Regional Hospital

The Partner of the Year Award is being presented to Clear Channel Radio in Somerset for the radio’s continued support of Kentucky Blood Center. From live remotes to ticket giveaways to public service announcements, Clear Channel Radio has been a friend of KBC for many years, enthusiastically encouraging people to give blood.

In addition to the organizations, KBC is also acknowledging many of its dedicated blood donors. Guests at the luncheon include frequent donors who have given many gallons of whole blood, red cells, platelets or plasma – donors like Tommy Roe of Somerset who has given blood or platelets more than 215 times.

The Kentucky Blood Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring a safe, adequate blood supply for patients at nearly 70 Kentucky hospitals and clinics in more than 60 counties. In the past year KBC processed and distributed 82,000 red blood cell units and 127,000 blood components in total.