The Blood Assurance Foundation Announces Top Tomato Winners

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
People’s Choice winners St. John’s Restaurant & Meeting Place participants and Top Tomato winner Tupelo Honey Café with Bonnie Phillips and Linda Hisey from the Blood Assurance Foundation.
People’s Choice winners St. John’s Restaurant & Meeting Place participants and Top Tomato winner Tupelo Honey Café with Bonnie Phillips and Linda Hisey from the Blood Assurance Foundation.

The Top Tomato Bloody Mary Tasting Contest on July 27, raised $3,323.58 for the Blood Assurance Foundation. People’s Choice voters selected St. John’s Restaurant & Meeting Place as the crowd favorite and the five celebrity judges picked Tupelo Honey Café’s Bloody Mary as the Top Tomato for its taste, originality and presentation.

The Blood Assurance Foundation celebrates 15 years of serving the community this year. It was established through Blood Assurance in 1999 as a separate 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and is based in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Blood Assurance Foundation serves a 47 county region in five states. Programs supported by the Blood Assurance Foundation include the Crystal Green Memorial Scholarship fund, the Excellence in Education high school grant program, and the Be the Match marrow registry.

For more information about or to partner with the Blood Assurance Foundation, contact Linda Hisey, executive director of Media Relations & Development at 800 962-0628 or LindaHisey@BloodAssurance.org. More information can also be found at www.BloodAssurance.org/contribute.


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