Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

OUT & ABOUT Blood Bank Gala Is Red Hot

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

OUT & ABOUT Blood Bank Gala Is Red Hot

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Sometimes a name says it all. "Red Hot" was a new event on the social scene this year, one benefitting the Suncoast Communities Blood Bank. It was, in fact, the Blood Bank's first foray into hosting a formal fundraising event in Sarasota.Director of Development Gisele Pintchuck said they wanted to do something special to complement their campaign for a new Bloodmobile that was launched at the end of 2010.Complement it they did. Not only did they raise enough money to meet their goal for the new Bloodmobile, they hosted an event that lived up to its name. Phil Mancini at Michael's on East created a room that was, well, blood red, with red lighting and bright red tablecloths and linens. Even the cocktails, blood-orange martinis, fit the theme. The nearly 200 guests got into the spirit, too, with many women donning red gowns or accessories, and men sporting red ties.The cost of a new, fully-equipped Bloodmobile is $300,000, said Pintchuck. "We did a phenomenal job raising grants. The community really understood the importance of this. The foundations put us within reach of our goal, and this event put us over the top," she said.Suncoast Communities Blood Bank currently has eight buses and serves a total of 12 hospitals and health care centers, as well as BayFlight. Gina Krinsky and Barrie Lazarus served as co-chairmen for the new event. Among those seen were Blood Bank CEO Scott Bush, Medical Director Dr. Mark Magenheim, Dr. Richard Brown, Teri Hansen, Peggy and Art Wood, Veronica Brady, James and Janice Gallogly, Denise Harris, Sandy Hulvat, Jackie and John Newton and Jim and Lori Gabbert.The evening included cocktails, dinner and music provided by the Tucci Band, led by Dr. Steven Tucci, with guest vocalist Verceal Whitaker. One thing you didn't find at this event, however, was an auction. "We felt like we didn't want to nickel and dime our guests," said Pintchuck. …

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