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March 13, 2005 - Bonfils Bloodhounds in Boulder

What: Scavenger Hunt and Awards luncheon

Where: Boulder Theater and the Pearl Street Mall

When: March 13, 2005

Time: 1 – 6 pm

Beneficiary: Bonfils Blood Center Foundation

Master of Ceremonies: Jeff Larsen

Gala Chairperson(s): David Gilman, Chairman and President, First National Bank of Colorado

Founders: Helen G. Bonfils and Dr. Osgoode Philpott

Executive Director: Douglas G. Laub

Staff: Suzi Stolte, Shauna Levinson, Chris Stengle and Carrie Sullivan

Welcome: Suzi Stolte

Catering: A Spice of Life

Entertainment: Polytoxic

Sponsors: A Spice of Life, Alice 105.9, Boulder Theater, CBS4, Gambro, Liquor Mart, Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, Rocky Mountain News, AlloSource, Boulder Community Hospital Foundation, First Bank Holding Company, Geomega Kaiser Permanente, Micro Motion,Terumo Medical Corporation, Wells Fargo Bank and Hospital Shared Services

Attendance: 200

Attire: Bloody Good Costumes

Board of Directors: James A. Dierker, Nanine Odell, L. Willam Schmidt, Dr. Ben Galloway, Hollie Trow and Dr. William C. Dickey

Blacktie Photos by: Marcelo Mainzer

 Don’t worry Bee Positive - First Place Winners; Janice Mechem, Yvonne Reall, Christine Jerritts, Cher Sereto, Britt Cartwright and Rick Ditmars from Geomega Inc.
Don’t worry Bee Positive - First Place Winners; Janice Mechem, Yvonne Reall, Christine Jerritts, Cher Sereto, Britt Cartwright and Rick Ditmars from Geomega Inc.

Bonfils has always been a great community partner throughout Colorado and on Sunday, March 13th, on a cold and snowy day, they held the Foundation’s annual charity Scavenger Hunt and party at the Boulder Theatre and on Boulder’s Pearl Street Mall.

In many spiritual traditions blood is life and for the thousands who receive donated blood that is more than a metaphor. Since 1943, the then, Belle Bonfils Memorial Blood Bank, have been collecting this precious resource and saving lives, in times of peace and war.

Today, Bonfils Blood Center has become an important part of the healthcare system throughout Colorado. It now operates nine community donor centers, serves over 115 statewide healthcare facilities, collects more than 200,000 units of blood every year, and offers a variety of services to better meet the needs of the community, including the Colorado Marrow Donor Program and Laboratories at Bonfils.

To support the Bonfils Blood Center the Bonfils Blood Center Foundation was established in 1995. They provide financial support for many of the organization's life-saving efforts, including the development of Cord Blood Services and numerous transfusion medicine research projects.

Suzi Stolte,Director of Special Events, took it all in stride with a smile as the participants began to fill the theatre. And a weird and wonderful assortment they were; the “Platelet Heads” team of George Baker, Ed Kosorok, Dennis Thacker, Angela Baker, Sheryl Ellis and Cindy Thacker were ready for a Cabo vacation decked out in flower shirts and grass skirts. For shear cuteness the “Bee Positive” team; Janice Mechem, Yvonne Reall, Christine Jerritts, Cher Sereto, Britt Cartwright and Rick Ditmars from Geomega Inc. took the cake. And if there were an award for attitude it would have gone to “Bloodbrothers” team of Shannon Winkelman, Nicky Myrsiades, Danielle Smedra, Brooke Kennel, Brea Olson and Tiffany Anderson behind dark glasses. And of course “The Superhero’s” Batman-Aaron Veil, Xena-Linda Perry, Zoro-Jay Petrin, Batgirl- Rina Mendelowitz, Wonder Woman-Katherine Thompson and Robin-Nico Novelli saved the day.

Working the silent auction table was Leslie McCall who speaks to medical and educational organizations relating her courageous history with heart disease and remarkable recovery, due in part to receiving donated blood and plasma. Throughout the theatre lurked The Bloodhound, a delightful red stuffed hound that is available from Bonfils. And for those who prefer their hounds alive, Deputy Cathy Bryarly with the Boulder County Sheriffs office brought her dog Sally.

Acting as emcee Jeff Larsen, whose wife owes her life to the generous people who donate blood, was suave and sophisticated in the face of the controlled mayhem. From time to time Doug Laub, the President of Bonfils Blood Center Foundation, took the microphone and made announcements that kept the flow moving smoothly.

Judging the costume and talent contest were President of the Foundation Board Jim Dierker, A.G. Edwards Senior Vice President-Investments Nan Odell and CBS4 Producer Murray Froehlich. The Blood Brothers “attempt” to bribe them was unsuccessful of course.

The entertainment for the day was provided by “Polytoxic” Chad Johnson-Vocals/Drums, CR Gruver Vocals/Keyboards and Tori Pater Vocals/Giutar a powerful three-piece band with a nice mix of moody soul and rock. Drummer Chad Johnson also provided the drum rolls and rim shots that enhanced the announcements and awards.

At the close of the event Jane Jenkins, Executive Director of Downtown Boulder Inc., insured that the Scavenger Hunt would grow to be another Boulder tradition by voicing how glad Boulder was to be chosen for the eclectic event by Bonfils.

Giving, community, laughter and fellowship are the life’s blood at Bonfils Blood Center.

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