To increase the amount of giving in area campaigns, Henrico County Manager Virgil Hazelett challenged other local governments in the region to a friendly competition aimed at increasing community levels of giving. We invite employees and residents to join the competition and help push their locality’s totals to new highs.

The Virginia Blood Service (VBS) has given Henrico its 2003 Award of Excellence in recognition of our outstanding campaign results. In 2003, we collected 1,037 pints of blood, 2004 donations were 1,081 pints and 2005 donations reached 1,225 pints. These donations translate to 3,343 pints of blood products or 10,029 lives saved by this unique gift of life. This superb achievement subsequently led to Henrico receiving further recognition from VBS for the most donations collected by any county for the past 3 years running — thereby beating Chesterfield in our on-going “friendly competition.”

The Henrico County Blood Program (HCBP) received a national award for its “outstanding commitment” to blood-donation efforts during 2005. America’s Blood Centers, the nation’s largest network of community-based blood programs, has recognized HCBP with the Platinum Blood Drive Award – its highest honor – in the employer/medium category. The organization will present the award March 6 at its national meeting in Houston. Virginia Blood Services, a member of America’s Blood Centers, nominated the Henrico program for the award.

On March 6, 2006, County Manager Virgil Hazelett, Blood Drive Coordinator Dave Ambrogi, along with Virginia Blood Services representative Jenny Madden traveled to Houston, Texas to receive the award. The award was the result of an essay written by Jenny Madden outlining the 91% increase in blood donations from 2001 to 2003. “Community service is a top priority for Henrico County, and our blood program plays a leading role in that effort,” said County Manager Virgil R. Hazelett, P.E. “This award is a tribute to the employees who volunteer their time and talents to make the program such a success.”

“It’s a great experience to be a part of such a dedicated group of people,” Ambrogi said. “The donation of one pint of blood saves the lives of three people – what else could you do to have such an impact on our community – “

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