Bleedership Blount draws blood for Medic, status as ‘Best’ for Class of 2011

Margaret Ingman gets help from Leadership Blount Class of 2011 members Keith Elrod, Aaron Killian and Susan Stout at Bleedership Blount.

Margaret Ingman gets help from Leadership Blount Class of 2011 members Keith Elrod, Aaron Killian and Susan Stout at Bleedership Blount.

The Leadership Blount Class of 2011’s legacy project was a bloody success.

The Class of 2011 topped all other class in number who donated blood to Medic as part of their Bleedership Blount blood drive. The event was the legacy project for the class and was held May 6 and 7 at Blount Memorial Hospital and Maryville College.

When totals were in, 188 units of much-needed blood had been collected by Medic.

Leadership Blount executive director Katherine Caputo said the Class of 2011 had the most folks give blood - 27, followed by the Class of 2010, who had 20 members donate.

“The class was very pleased with the number of Leadership Blount alumni who came out,” Caputo said.

Another measure of success was the number of new donors. “They had 15 donors who had never given, which was also a good basis for measuring success,” Caputo said. “Typically Medic has two or three new donors during a blood drive, so to have 15 in a weekend is incredible. Medic was very pleased.”

Caputo said it was good project because there was collaboration involved.

“I thought it was smart. It does serve a need. One doctor said there is no better legacy than giving the gift of life,” she said. “I had several alumni say they thought it was a great idea. I thought it was a creative way to use what you already have. To use the alumni base was very smart, and it engaged alumni without asking for money.”

Eric Bellah and Vallie Collins served as co-chairs of the event.

Bellah said he was very pleased by the response. “Only 38 percent of people can give. That is a stat that stood out because it shows how valuable those people who can donate blood are,” he said.

Collins said the class members were surprised by the total response. “We didn’t know what to expect. While we collected 188 units, we had a total of 220 people come out and try to donate,” she said. “Christy Fightmaster said it was a great success. I think we were pleased.”

No good project is complete without a wrap-up party, so the class invited all who participated to Courtyard Grille on the evening of May 7 to celebrate the end of their legacy project. The trophy for “Best Class Ever” was given out to the class of 2011 for having the most donors. “It was a good way for the class to enjoy one another and enjoy the success of the drive,” Caputo said.

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