Sponsors of the Year

 

2017 - Lawrence and Rebecca Stern

Larry is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Talecris Biotherapeutics. In 2010, Larry was recognized as the national winner of Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year® in the Health Sciences category for his leadership in acquiring, transforming and then developing a global leader in plasma-derived protein therapeutics. In 2011, Talecris was acquired by Grifols, another leading international protein therapeutics company.

Larry and Becky are now focused on giving back to the community and charitable organizations. Larry has served on a wide range of non-profit boards including the national COPD Foundation and the Pittsburgh Jewish Association on Aging. Becky has served on local school boards and community foundations while also forming a non-profit that brings the joy of dance to people with special needs (Yes, You Can Dance!). Together they formed the Lawrence and Rebecca Stern Family Foundation in 2010.

Larry and Becky have sponsored a total of 55 benefiaries since 2010.

 

2016 - ERIC HILL

Eric collaborated with Laurie Kelley to organize the Kilimanjaro Challenge in 2011, when he, his son Alex, Laurie and her daughter Mary, Neil Herson and his daughters Brittney and Kelly, Jeff Salantai, Julie Winton and Kara Ryan all tackled the mountain for the first time and raised over $66,000. A year later Eric made his way with a small team of climbing companions to the Dominican Republic to climb its highest peak, Pico Duarte, and raised over $12,000. In 2016 Eric collaborated again with Laurie Kelley to organize the first CEO Challenge, where again—with Laurie, his son Andrew, Richard Gaton and his family, Mike Adelman and Dr. James Palmer—he summited Kilimanjaro a second time and raised nearly $75,000!

Eric is the first person to make a multi-year gift to Save One Life’s endowment fund, and he also personally sponsors 31 beneficiaries. His company—Diplomat Specialty Infusion Services (formally BioRx)—has been a corporate supporter of Save One Life since 2008.

 

2015 - MICHELE PIOTROWSKI

As a person with factor V deficiency and von Willebrand disease, Michele, of Oak Park, Illinois, faced many challenging experiences as a child with bleeding disorders. She shows great compassion and has given thoughtfully to her beneficiaries—four girls and one little brother—to further their interests and talents since 2013.

 

2014 JUDITH FAITEK

In addition to sponsoring six beneficiaries, Judy, of San Diego, California, was the first sponsor to include Save One Life in her planned giving, in honor of her late husband, Leon. The annual proceeds of her gift are used to support Save One Life’s scholarship program.

 

2013 RICHARD J. GATON/BDI PHARMA

BDI Pharma, located in Columbia, South Carolina, is a dedication circle sponsor, supporting 20 beneficiaries.  In 2017 BDI was acquired and Richard is now the president of McKesson Plasma and Biologics. Richard and his family joined Laurie Kelley for the CEO Challenge up Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2016.

 

2012 NELSON ESCOTO/BLEEDING DISORDERS RESOURCE NETWORK (BDRN)

Each time BDRN provides services to a new bleeding disorders patient, it sponsors a new beneficiary. Located in Riverdale, New Jersey, BDRN is dedication circle sponsor supporting 41 beneficiaries. Nelson, who now works for Octapharma, and his wife Yahaira personally sponsor five beneficiaries.

 

2011 WOLFGANG MARGUERRE/OCTAPHARMA

As owner and chairman of Octapharma, Wolfgang has been a leader for Save One Life, both in corporate support of our organization at the platinum level and in support of 110 beneficiaries.

 

2010 DIANE HORBACZ

Diane and her family are among Save One Life’s founding sponsors. Diane, from Ocean Township, New Jersey, works with her children every Christmas holiday to raise funds for their 30 beneficiaries. In 2012 Diane’s eldest son with hemophilia, Matthew, organized a project called Matthew’s Mission to gain sponsorships before taking a trip to meet beneficiaries in Mumbai, India.

 

2009 NEIL HERSON

Neil, from Frisco, Texas, has been an enthusiastic supporter of Save One Life for many years. His company, ASD Healthcare has been a consistent corporate supporter, including being the gold sponsor of Save One Life board member Chris Bombardier’s Denali Quest fundraiser in 2014. ASD Healthcare also sponsors 50 beneficiaries.

 

2008 PATRICK M. SCHMIDT

Patrick, from Temecula, California, is the owner and CEO of FFF Enterprises and has been a friend of Laurie Kelley since her early days in hemophilia. He joined the Save One Life board in 2006 and served for four years. FFF Enterprises is a leading corporate sponsor and the first to make a multi-year commitment at the Diamond level ($50k) in 2016. Patrick personally supports 187 lucky beneficiaries!