Salt Lake City, April 26, 2012 — On May 1, 2012 at 11:30 AM, the American Red Cross Blood Services Region will conduct its annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon.
“Volunteers are crucial to our operations,” said Vickie Morgan, Volunteer Coordinator for Utah, “this appreciation luncheon gives us a chance to thank them.”
Unique to the program this year is the venue, the caterer and the keynote speakers.
The National Parks Council of the Boy Scouts of America has donated a large meeting room in its office building for the luncheon. The food will be provided by Milagros, the Mexican food restaurant in Orem. Dave Tuomisto, owner of Milagros, said he is “proud to support the American Red Cross and its lifesaving mission.”
Speakers at the luncheon include Tyler and Elizabeth Fish whose daughters, Natalie and Alice, have been the recipients of many units of blood. The girls have a variant of Severe Combined Immune Deficiency. Their bodies “leak” enough immunity to fool medical tests into thinking they have a functioning immune system, but instead of protecting them, that leakage attacks their bodies.
The American Red Cross has held several blood drives in honor of Natalie and Alice resulting in the collection of 462 total products collected from 475 presenting donors including 145 first-time donors.
It is anticipated that 100 volunteers will attend the event, including many blood drive sponsors.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.