FORT WAYNE | Norma Hoffar, of Hobart, and Becky Wos, of Crown Point, received the Outstanding Volunteer Service Award at the recent Indiana-Ohio Region of American Red Cross Blood Services annual recognition dinner.
The award, presented at the Fort Wayne Marriott, recognizes Red Cross volunteers who serve the community at blood drives, donation centers and local Red Cross chapters. They were among several Lake County residents and groups honored for outstanding support.
This year’s theme, 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.
Also recognized from Lake County were Mona Nour of Crown Point High School and the Outcast Thunder travel baseball team with the Outstanding Youth Volunteer Award. It recognizes exemplary youths who find the time in between band practice, sports and academics to be involved in blood donations through the American Red Cross.
The Outstanding Blood Donor Award recognizes individuals in each of the counties served by the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region who had a combination of high donation frequency in fiscal year 2011 and high lifetime donations. Henry Peters was recognized.
The Faithful Friends Award 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.
Our Lady of Consolation Church, St. Andrew the Apostle Church and St. Joan of Arc Church, all of Merrillville, drew accolades.
The Creative Genius Award recognizes blood drive sponsors who gave employees incentives to donate or found additional organizations to provide food for donors. They developed creative promotions which gained media attention or sent individualized thank you notes to donors.
Culver’s Restaurants, Schererville, was the recipient.
The Growing by Leaps and Bounds Award 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. Merrillville High excelled in this category.
The Lifesaver Award recognizes blood drive sponsors and coordinators who replaced drives that were canceled, demonstrated flexibility when asked to sponsor a drive on short notice, accommodated unexpected scheduling changes, and still met or exceeded their goal.
Culver’s Merrillville, First Baptist Church and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers qualified for honors.