Our Ambassadors are Unwavering!
The annual Donate Life Ambassador Appreciation dinner, held Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at the Ohio Statehouse, was a true celebration. A celebration of life, dedication to organ, eye and tissue donation and the tireless efforts of our Donate Life Ambassadors.
This year’s theme was “Flags Across Ohio” and paid tribute to our ambassadors unwavering commitment to the Donate Life message. The “Flags Across Ohio” campaign will celebrate its 10th anniversary of the first Donate Life flag raising. In 2018, Donate Life Ohio will raise Donate Life flags throughout state to serve as an opportunity for Ohioans to consider the difference they can make as an organ, eye and tissue donor.
During the appreciation dinner, we were proud to share what our Ambassadors achieved from September 2016 to December 2017:
- 403 Donate Life Ambassadors contributed 6,442 service hours!
- Ambassadors manned 78 unique Health Fairs and Donor Designation Stations
- Ambassadors spoke at 34 Community and Faith Based Programs
- We participated in 24 Honey Bee Opportunities
- We gave 1,462 presentations at 422 schools, reaching nearly 42,438 students!
- All of this resulted in 90,302 NEW Donor Designations in the Ohio Donor Registry!
We are truly thankful to each and every one of our Ambassadors who advocate so passionately for organ, eye and tissue donation.
Introducing our award winners…
Ambassador of the Year – Brock Dooley (pictured middle)
Rookie of the Year – Don Glass (pictured with his wife, Bonnie)
Rookie of the Year – Rosemary Pruitt
Ripple Award – Arliss Warthman
Seven volunteers received Golden Ambassador Awards for going above and beyond as part of a special project:
Phil Benua and Tim & Karen Jones (pictured) for their work on the summer 2017 “Live On. Ride On.” motorcycle enthusiasts outreach campaign.
Tracy Reifer for advocating for organ, eye and tissue donation in both Ohio and West Virginia.
Vicki DiLillo for her efforts in reaching out to donor families through our Bereavement Services events.
Tricia Fliehman for parlaying her role at Walgreens into being an avid advocate for organ, eye and tissue donation.
Stan Harris for his exceptional advocacy in the African American community and for lending his influence to open doors for organ, eye and tissue donation.
Barb Sills (middle) for creating a “Surviving Spouses” support group to help other donor family members move through their grief process.
Silver Stars – contributing 12-19 hours of service
Kathy St. Clair
Mary Jo Alstaetter
Timothy St. Clair
Shining Stars – contributing 20-39 hours of service
Infinity Award – contributing 40-74 hours of service
Infinity and Beyond Award – contributing more than 75 hours of service
From the entire Lifeline of Ohio staff and board, we thank our Donate Life Ambassadors for being wonderful and amazing advocates of donation and continuously working to share the message of donation.