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Michigan Cord Blood Bank Ships 100th Cord

The Michigan Blood Cord Blood Bank has reached a major community service and clinical milestone, shipping out its 100th potentially lifesaving unit of stem cells from donated umbilical cord blood. This unit goes to a transplant center in the northeastern United States, where it will be transfused to a 14-year-old boy who is battling leukemia.

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Welcome to Tamar Chipp, Public Relations Supervisor for Great Lakes Bay Region

Michigan Blood recently hired Tamar Chipp as its new public relations supervisor.

Chipp will lead the nonprofit organization’s community and media relations efforts in the Great Lakes Bay Region.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting and political science from Central Michigan University. Before joining Michigan Blood, Chipp worked at the Saginaw Community Foundation. Chipp serves on the boards of the White Pine Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and the Social Media Club Great Lakes Bay Chapter. She is a graduate of the Great Lakes Bay Regional African American Leadership Institute, the 1000 Leaders Initiative, and the Believer’s Bible Institute at Faith Harvest Church in Saginaw. Chipp also serves as the worship arts minister at Faith Harvest with her husband Aaron Chipp.


Toys for Tots Blood Drive - December 5-8

Statewide: December 5-8

Help make a difference for kids this holiday. When you donate at a Michigan Blood Donor Center (full list below), Meijer will donate $10 to Toys for Tots. Plus, one lucky donor will win tickets to the Lions/Packers game on January 1 in Green Bay. Prize (Courtesy of Dolphin Vacations) includes a 3 night-stay in Wisconsin, a Meijer gas card, and Lions memorabilia. So double the good you do this holiday season by donating blood this holiday season with Michigan Blood.


Grand Rapids: Breaking Dawn Blood Drive

Grand Rapids: November 17

To celebrate the release of Breaking Dawn, the latest in the Twilight Saga, Michigan Blood is hosting a blood drive at Celebration Cinema North at Knapps Corner in Grand Rapids. The first 105 people who try to donate will receive a free popcorn and ticket to the movie. One lucky donor will win a gift basket full of Twilight goodies courtesy of Schuler Books.

Breaking Dawn Blood Drive

Thursday, November 17, 2011: 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Celebration! Cinema North

2121 Celebration Drive NE in Grand Rapids


Welcome to Allison Beers, Public Relations Coordinator for Northwest Michigan

Michigan Blood has named Allison Beers as its public relations coordinator for the northwest Michigan region. 

“Allison was a natural fit for Michigan Blood,” said Nick Wasmiller, Michigan Blood’s manager of public relations.  “She is well connected, is motivated by giving back to her community and has an outstanding reputation.”

Beers will oversee an intentional process to lend and secure community support, coordinate local special events and work with local media to promote Michigan Blood in Antrim, Kalkaska, Grand Traverse, Wexford, Manistee and Benzie counties. 

Beers will continue to operate Events North, a Traverse City-based event management agency separately from her work with Michigan Blood.  She is a member of the board of directors for The Downtown Traverse City Association and is President of the board of directors for the Festival Foundation. She has been selected as one of the 40 Under Forty by The Traverse City Business News for the past four years.