Elon receives Golden Heart Award for blood collection efforts

The Piedmont Carolina Chapter of the American Red Cross honored Elon University at a Nov. 1 banquet for collecting more pints of blood through various drives last year than any other local sponsor.

During the 2010-11 fiscal year, the university collected 378 pints, for which it received a Golden Heart Award from the Red Cross. Elon has now earned the top honor for 10 consecutive years.

Tammy Cobb, assistant director for community partnerships, accepted the plaque on behalf of the Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement and the Elon community.

Other top productive blood unit leaders recognized at the dinner included LabCorp, Alamance Regional Medical Center, Emmanuel UMC and the Knights of Columbus at Blessed Sacrament. Individual awards included The Exceptional Volunteer of the Year and Service Area Awards in Blood services and Emergency Services.

The two current student coordinators for blood drives are Kacy Nichols and Morgan Gregg, and the director for blood drives is Jordan Duffy.

During the banquet, Elon alumna Andrea Sjogren spoke about her relationship to the Piedmont Carolina Chapter, first as a student and how she became affiliated through the Federal Work Study program at Elon, and now as a staff member who works with donor recruitment in the Durham region.