MKBC’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

MKBC’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

On Thursday, April 7, Miller-Keystone Blood Center welcomed approximately 250 guests
at the Centennial Event Center at the Homewood Suites for our 50th Anniversary Celebration.
The event celebrated many of the individuals
and organizations that
have contributed to our success since the founding of the Blood Center in 1971.


A very special thank you our evening’s emcee, Ashley Russo,
and to ASR Media for creating these amazing videos,
which debuted during the course of the evening:

MKBC at 50: A History of Community Service

The Importance of Volunteers             Our 100-Gallon Donor Club

Why Sponsor a Blood Drive           Sofia’s Story


Thank you also to transfusion recipient, Sofia Groves, for sharing the story of
her road to recovery, and to our Honorary Pledge Chairman, Tony DaRe,
who appealed for the audience’s assistance in eliminating the current
blood shortage that is impacting not only our community, but the entire country.
Guests were asked to pledge to donate one additional time during the year,
and to recruit 5 of their family members, coworkers or friends to give the gift of life as well. 

Possibly the evening’s most entertaining highlight came with the
introduction of MKBC’s new mascot, Half-Pint!

Introducing our new Mascot          Welcome Half-Pint          Fetch, Half-Pint, Fetch!

The Blood Center is sincerely grateful to everyone who attended our very special
Anniversary Celebration. We are also thankful for the many donors, blood drive sponsors
and others supporters who were unable to join us, but who are so critical to our lifesaving mission.

You are our heroes! 





50th Anniversary Celebration

Diamond Sponsors




Gold Sponsors



Silver Sponsors

x         Barry Isett & Associates

x          Blood Centers of America

x          Capital BlueCross

x          Equinox Benefits Consulting

x          Fidelity Bank

x          First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union

x          Fitzpatrick, Lentz & Bubba, P.C.

x          Grand View Health

x          Innovative Ergonomic Solutions

x          Lehigh Valley International Airport

x          Scott Family of Dealerships

Bronze Sponsors

x          Diamond Credit Union

x          FIA NYC Employment Services

x          The Hillis Group, LLC

x          PCFLV – Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the
x          Lehigh Valley

x          Promus Financial

x          Trans-Bridge Lines, Inc.

x          UAW Local 677

x          Viamedia

x          Walmart Distribution 7030

x          Wegmans Bethlehem

Thank You Also To Supporters

AblePay Health

Albarell Electric

Bennett Automotive Group

Everitt Binns, MKBC Board Member

Megan D’Agosta

Ron & Karen Fitzpatrick

Steve & Lisa Gergar

Doran Hamann, MKBC Board Member

John Haney, MKBC Board Member

Dr. Amanda Haynes, MKBC Board Member

John Olszewski, Grand View Hospital

Pencor Services, Inc.

Courtney Sutkowski

Ron Ticho, WLVT PBS39 & MKBC Board Member

Nicole Wescoe, City Center Investment Corp.

Dr. John Worsley