Gift-of-Life Marathon Blood Drive organizer Steve Costello was presented the 2010 American Red Cross Presidential Award for Excellence today at a Washington ceremony. The Presidential Award for Excellence is presented annually to employees and volunteers.
Costello has been a volunteer blood drive sponsor for 10 years at Central Vermont Public Service, and conceived and co-organizes the Gift-of-Life Marathon, the largest one-day blood drive in northern New England. The annual drive twice set New England records, most recently collecting 1,024 pints in December 2009, though Boston recently retook the record with a 1,177-unit drive Sept. 11. Costello and event co-sponsor WJJR hope to reclaim the record this winter.