It will be a day of celebrating on Jan. 28 at the annual United Blood Services luncheon to honor hundreds of volunteer blood drives coordinators that host blood drives throughout New Mexico.
Las Vegas will be represented by Chuck Griego, winner of the Outstanding Government Agency award, and Jackie Romero, winner of the Outstanding Collegiate Drive award. Winners were selected from coordinators throughout the state.
Tribute will be paid to Griego and Romero and other coordinators at the Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid Hotel.
Each year United Blood Services holds a luncheon to thank and honor the coordinators who are integral in the recruiting of blood donors. About 60 percent of the blood products collected throughout the state and Four Corners region is through the efforts of mobile blood drives. United Blood Services is the state’s only nonprofit community blood provider and serves 42 hospitals throughout the state and the Four Corners region.
Griego, who works for the city of Las Vegas, will be recognized for his work for a 2008 blood drive in the community that resulted in the collection of 15 more units than projected. Additionally, the drive was substantially larger than past Las Vegas community blood drives. Bonnie Chavez, a United Blood Services donor recruitment representative who works with Griego on the blood drives, said, “We chose Chuck for this award because of his passion and commitment to blood drives and for the significant growth the drive has shown. He understands how important the need for blood is as he used to be a police officer for the city of Las Vegas. Chuck supports United Blood Services staff and encourages donors to give. His blood drives have grown so much, we had to move them out of the city chambers to the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. We just needed more space.”
Griego said he wanted people to know another blood drive was set for 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 7 at the city’s recreation center. To schedule an appointment, call Griego at 454-3832.
Romero, who works for Luna Community College, will be honored for her outstanding work on her 2008 collegiate blood drive, which collected 14 units more than previous blood drives.
Romero has also committed to hosting four blood drives during the upcoming school year.
Chavez said about Romero, “United Blood Services selected Jackie from among all university and college blood drive coordinators because she finds what motivates her donors and she is able to offer students extra credit for donating or helping with the blood drive. Not only does this bring students in to the blood drive in droves, it also gives them time to do something amazing for their community. Jackie’s blood drive has also grown so big, that we are moving her blood drive to the Luna Community College fitness center.”