LOMBARD – This week, the Illinois Coalition of Community Blood Drive Centers announced that Carol Bauer, executive coordinator for the Village of Lombard and organizer of the village's quarterly blood drives, was named "Most Dedicated" blood drive coordinator in Illinois.
Bauer has served with the village for 47 years and began organizing community blood drives with Heartland Blood Centers in 1988. Since then, she has helped collect more than 10,981 units of blood.
"I'm beyond thrilled to receive the 'Most Dedicated' award," she said. "The Village of Lombard's blood drives continue to be successful because of the dedication of the community to give back. I hope to keep growing our success in the future."
She was nominated for the award by Karen Schwarz of Heartland Blood Centers.
"(Bauer) has been instrumental in the growth and continued success of the blood drives," Schwarz said.
The Illinois Coalition of Community Blood Centers holds competition every year to honor blood drive coordinators in the state. In addition to Bauer, Tim Sashko, fire chief for the Village of Mundelein was named "Most Innovative," and Sgt. Keith Wagner won "Best School Drive," because of his work with the Lincoln's Challenge Academy in Rantoul, Ill.
This winter, Bauer will be invited to the State Capitol when the legislature is in session to participate in a press conference and special reception.
Lombard's final blood drive of 2013 is scheduled for Sept. 11.