Give the gift of life - donate blood. Each week, Bonfils Blood Center needs more than 4,000 donors to meet the needs of our community and to be prepared in case of an emergency. Friday, November 19, 1:00-6:30 p.m at the Bear Valley Branch Library.
Ever wonder who the Center is named for? Dr. Osgoode Philpott and philanthropist Helen G. Bonfils opened the first blood bank in Colorado on February 27, 1943 at what is now the University of Colorado Hospital. Helen named the Center the Belle Bonfils Memorial Blood Bank, after her beloved mother. In 1954, the name changed to reflect its medically advanced services and became The Bonfils Blood Center.
Want to learn more about Helen Bonfils?
- Colorado Givers: A History of Philanthropic Heroes by Thomas J. Noel with Stephen J. Leonard and Kevin E. Rucker
- High Altitude Attitudes: Six Savvy Colorado Women by Marilyn Griggs Riley
- Papa's Girl: The Fascinating World of Helen Bonfils by Eva Hodges Watt
Photo of the altruistic Helen Bonfils and her fiance, George Somnes, courtesy of the Western History and Genealogy Digital Image Collection.