Blood & Tissue Center Foundation Sponsors Annual Red and White Ball: Event to Raise Funding for Stem Cell Expansion Laboratory for BioBrodge Global Subsidiary GenCure

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The marquee event for The Blood & Tissue Center Foundation, the Red and White Ball, is Saturday, Oct. 3 in downtown San Antonio. The ball will help develop a stem cell expansion lab for GenCure, which along with the Foundation is a subsidiary of BioBrodge Global.

Photo of the 2014 Red and White Ball room.

The Red and White Ball setting from 2014.

“Our dedicated committees and volunteers have been working hard to guarantee the success of the ball.” Elizabeth Waltman, executive director of The Blood & Tissue Center Foundation and the COO of the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center

The Red and White Ball, the annual marquee event of The Blood & Tissue Center Foundation, is coming up on Saturday, Oct. 3.

Proceeds from the event will help GenCure establish a stem cell expansion laboratory. GenCure, The Foundation, QualTex Laboratories and the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center are subsidiaries of San Antonio-based BioBridge Global.

The GenCure laboratory is designed to widen the availability of stem cells, which are used as part of therapy for certain cancers. GenCure's stem cells come exclusively from donated umbilical cord blood and adult donors.

Funds raised at the Red and White Ball will be used to purchase laboratory equipment, including the quantum cell expansion system, which will automate and optimize processes to match the needs of a specific cell type.

The ball, which will be at the Marriott Rivercenter, 101 Bowie St., begins at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail hour. Dinner and dancing start at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are available by calling 210-249-4498 or sending an email to mary.dial(at)bloodntissue(dot)org.

One of the special guests at the ball will be A.J. Salazar, who received a cord blood transplant from his sister 15 years ago. This fall, he started classes at Palo Alto College.

The ball also will recognize longtime Foundation benefactor and volunteer Karen Heintz, who will receive the Chairman’s Award. Heintz was co-chair of the Red and White Ball in 2008 and Foundation chair in 2012 and 2013.

Sherry and Laird McNeil are co-chairs of this year’s event.

“Our dedicated committees and volunteers have been working hard to guarantee the success of the ball,” said Elizabeth Waltman, the executive director of The Blood & Tissue Center Foundation and the COO of the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center.

“We’re so grateful for their support, and for the support of the Foundation members, the individuals and businesses that support the ball.” Entertainment will be provided by the Pink Flamingos.

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About The Blood & Tissue Center Foundation: In 2002, an initiative was begun to advocate and raise funds for the work of the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, primarily the Texas Cord Blood Bank (TCBB). This initiative became known as The Blood & Tissue Center Foundation. The Foundation advocates increasing community awareness and developing financial and other resources that support the work of what is now BioBridge Global and its related nonprofit entities.

About BioBridge Global: BioBridge Global (BBG) is a San Antonio, Texas-based nonprofit organization that offers diverse services in regenerative medicine, blood banking and biologic testing. Its subsidiaries – the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, QualTex Laboratories, GenCure and The Blood & Tissue Center Foundation – provide products used in regenerative medicine treatment and research, including cellular therapies, umbilical cord blood and tissue services, as well as testing of blood and plasma products for clients in the United States and worldwide. BBG is an outgrowth of the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, which has a proud history of serving the South Texas region for more than 40 years. BBG is committed to supporting groundbreaking research, addressing unmet clinical needs and enabling the development and commercialization of novel biotechnology products. Visit us at biobridgeglobal.org.

About GenCure: GenCure, a Texas nonprofit corporation, focuses on regenerative medicine and uses the power of human cells and tissues to inspire hope, enhance lives and enable clinical advancements. Using processed tissue and cell-based therapies, GenCure works to connect health care requirements with innovative solutions that best serve the needs of the global patient community. Visit us at http://www.gencure.org.

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