A Friend for Gus Returns: The 2017 Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community

Posted: February 22, 2017 1:22 pm


We are excited to once again participate in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community, which is scheduled for Saturday, June 3 at Beach 11 on Presque Isle State Park.

Last year, our amazing supporters helped us raise $5,579 to put toward the purchase of a friend for Gus, our bloodmobile. Why a friend for Gus? Because nearly 70% of our donors donate somewhere other than our Erie Donor Center and because our Regional Turtle Top, which is a smaller mobile, is ready to retire. So not only would we be able to reach our mobile donors more often, we would have a more reliable vehicle to do so with.

As a reminder, this walk allows us to fundraise and keep 100% of the profits, which help us in our continued goal of getting a friend for Gus.


Ready to help? We’re looking for walkers, teams, and donations to make this a great success, so when you tell your friends and family how important being a Community Blood Bank blood or platelet donor is to you, be sure to ask them to support what’s important to you! The more the merrier on the day of the walk, and of course we’re always happy to welcome new donors into our family of heroes!

Join the Community Blood Bank family, and help make sure local patients get the life-saving blood they need. Blood shortages happen, but with your help, we can make sure we have the resources to reach donors when and where they are most needed. Together, we can make blood shortages a thing of the past.

To register, form a team, or donate visit this link: http://hcf.convio.net/communitybloodbank (Feel free to share this link with your friends and family, we need your help spreading the word!)

But wait, there’s more! There is no registration fee, however, if you raise $30 you’ll receive a Highmark Walk T-shirt. If you raise $50, you’ll receive the Highmark T-shirt AND a raffle ticket!

We’re also setting up fundraising events throughout the next months including designer purse bingo and a Silent Auction.

Thank you in advance for your support during this new adventure! Don’t hesitate to call us if you have questions or want more details! Simply call (814) 456-4206 and ask for Deanna Renaud or Nicole Hornaman. We’ll be happy to help!

Our mission at the Community Blood Bank is to connect donors to patients who are in need of life-sustaining blood products in the communities we serve. As a blood donor, you already help us fulfill this mission every day. We’re asking you to share your dedication to our mission with the people in your life, and ask them to support what’s important to you.Logo