DAYTON, Ohio - Community Blood Center (CBC), headquartered in Dayton, OH is celebrating "50 Years of Saving Lives" in 2014 with special events leading up to CBC's 50th Anniversary on Sept. 14. The countdown to the anniversary officially got underway with the kind of splash only a CBC-size "human blood drop" can make! It was a very special "photo op" with release of the image planned to coincide with World Blood Donor Day, June 14.
About 170 CBC staff members gathered on the lawn at Cox Ohio Media Group in Dayton on May 27. Red was the color of the day - special t-shirts celebrating CBC's 50th Anniversary that everyone wore with pride. All the CBC Bloodmobiles were part of the party. They were moved into position along a side street as a convoy of CBC SUV's shuttled employees to the Cox parking lot.
Groups gathered for instructions by the side of the building. Human Blood Drop Grand Organizer/Marketing Manager Sher Patrick gave instructions and hushed the crowd when the News Center 7 noon weather broadcast was taking place live on the "weather deck" up above.
The sun was high overhead as the word came to line up for the big blood drop photo. The blood drive shape was staked out on the lawn with caution tape. The "human" part of the blood drop lined up not according to type (A, B, AB and O) but by height (short, medium and tall). The red army of staff members flowed inside the caution tape, filling the drop like a smooth draw. Everyone squeezed together to pack the drop, like the way an expresser squeezes a bag in the blood components lab.
A stool stood at the top of the blood drop for CBC/CTS CEO Dr. David Smith, who stepped up and kept his balance for some long minutes, serving as the cherry on top of the blood drop sundae. COO Jodi Minneman and CBC's top all-time donor Wendell Clark took their places of honor at the very bottom of the blood drop.
A photographer on the WHIO weather deck took in the view. He playfully chastised "that person in the third row - you're not smiling. You're ruining it for all of us!" Then he snapped away. The final shot was with all hands in the air, waving in unison. It was a Kodak moment that will live in CBC history - for at least another 50 years!