The fifth annual Pay It Forward Blood Drive was a huge success, said Diana Murphy. The fact that the sun was shining that day was just an added bonus to an event that attracted more than 150 people. Collecting 112 units of blood, the Stanford Blood Mobiles were busy and surpassed the family's goal to collect 100 units.
The Murphy family organizes the annual event in honor of the donor's family for a gift that saved the life of her son, Kevin, six years ago. Kevin, then 11, received a heart transplant at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford.
Many came to donate blood, said Diana, but, "they also came to show their love and support for Kevin, (now a junior at California High School) our family or in honor of someone dear to them who has benefitted from donated blood." It was an opportunity to pay it forward, said Diana, who added, "Kindness and paying it forward really is a domino effect."
The 112 units of donated blood can potentially impact 336 people when the blood is broken down into its three components including platelets, plasma and red blood cells. Even the white cells are used for research.
"Although it has been five years since Kevin's heart transplant, our family is acutely aware of what price was paid for Kevin to be here with us. He is doing very well and is a daily reminder of how grateful we are to the donor family," said Diana.
FASHION SHOW AND TEA: The San Ramon Senior Foundation fashion show and tea will be held at 2 p.m. April 5 at the Alcosta Senior and Community Center, 9300 Alcosta Blvd.
"April in Paris" is the theme of this year's event, which will feature fashions by Chico's at Stoneridge Mall modeled by Mary Chestnut, Arden Schick, Brenda Hill, Teri Mountford, program manager at the center; Kim Giuliano, retired program manager for the city of San Ramon; Shirley McElhattan, the outreach member and care adviser for From the Heart, Senior Services; and Vanessa Roliz, an intern at the center.
Tickets are $15 and include light refreshments and tea. Preregister for this event by April 1 at the center. Proceeds will be used to replace furniture at the center.
SPRING FLING BUNCO NIGHT: This is a brand-new event presented by the Dublin/San Ramon Women's Club to raise funds for grants that benefit organizations in the Tri-Valley.
The event will be March 30 at the Alcosta Senior and Community Center with doors opening at 5:45 p.m., games starting at 6:45 and ending at 9. Tickets are $30 and include a pasta dinner, beverages and dessert in addition to Bunco, raffles and lots of fun. For tickets, contact Cary Farruggia at 925-413-5134. For all the club's news, visit http://dsrwomensclub.org/.
THE SAN RAMON SYMPHONIC BAND: The band will present its Winter Concert on Friday with special guests, the Windemere Ranch Middle School Symphonic Band conducted by Kellie Hoover. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Dougherty Performing Arts Center, 10550 Albion Road.
"Sea Songs" is the theme of this latest concert with selections ranging from the U.S. Navy Hymn and the majestic "Victory at Sea" by composer Richard Rodgers to jaunty ballads like "The Drunken Sailor" and "Russian Sailors' Dance." Admission is $6 for adults and seniors. Children and teens with student IDs are free. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or online at www.sanramonperformingarts.com.
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