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Date of Issue: June 15, 2006

Blood drive: 270 donors, $22,500 for Island charities

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Billy Malfese, student reporter for The Islander, makes his first-ever blood contribution at the Islandwide Blood Drive. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

A total of 270 donors volunteered their blood at three locations in the Islandwide blood drive over the weekend, bringing $22,500 to four Island organizations from an anonymous benefactor.

The net result was 225 units of blood for the Florida Blood Services, more than the 200 units it had anticipated.

The anonymous benefactor had offered to give $100 for every unit of blood donated to the donor’s favorite charity (or combination) from four selections:

Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center $10,050, Anna Maria Island Community Center $4,900, Anna Maria Island Privateers $4,500, and West Manatee Fire & Rescue Volunteers $3,050.

Blood was taken at blood mobiles at the The Islander in Holmes Beach, where 104 donors gave; BeachHouse Restaurant in Bradenton Beach, 94; and Publix Super Market, 72 donors.

All donors got free donor-recognition T-shirts and some gifts from the Florida Blood Service, such as water-bottle “coolies.”

The organizations benefiting in cash will put the money to good use, they said.

Wildlife Rehab provides treatment and care for injured and orphaned wildlife to return native species back to the environment, and provides classes for schools and civic groups to heighten environmental awareness. It can be reached at 778-6324.

The Privateers annually puts the money to use for scholarships to high school graduates and past award-winners receive continuing aid. The organization supports youth activities on the Island and sponsors the Fourth of July parade and celebration, when the scholarship recipients are recognized. Privateer Liz Cline can be contacted at 778-8519.

The Center for 45 years has served Island children, families and seniors with cultural, educational, fitness, family support, recreational and sports programs. It is currently raising funds for a new facility. Phone 778-1908.

Fire district volunteers vitalize the history of the district, maintaining the Bradenton Beach Historic Volunteer Station and an antique fire truck for children to visit, as well as for parades. Phone 737-9025.

The blood drive is sponsored for Florida Blood Services this year by A Pine Avenue Salon, the BeachHouse Restaurant, Publix, SunCoast Real Estate, Sun & Surf Resortwear, Spinnakers Vacation Cottages and The Islander.

Prizes for blood drive participants

New this year, blood drive participants had an opportunity to sign up for prizes at each of the blood donation sites, including dinner for two persons at Ooh La La! Bistro in Holmes Beach, a ride on either the Privateer ship or the fire district antique fire truck in the July 4 parade, dining certificates from the Chiles Group Restaurants, and other certificates, including movie theater tickets and FBS gift items. Some prize winners were notified by phone or e-mail, and some winners are listed here:

Ooh La La! Bistro certificate: Herta Bowes.
Privateer July 4 ride: Linda Skelton.
Fire truck July 4 ride: Frances Derr.
Chiles Group certificates: Bob Connors, John Rudacille and Jessica Hoffmann.

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