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Blood drive challenge leaves one man "sans moustache"

July 25, 2012
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

To increase blood donations and make giving more fun, Lee Mental Health and Southwest Florida Addiction Services (SWFAS) recently participated in the Second Annual "Blood Drive Challenge" to see which agency's employees would donate the most blood.

Blood donations were collected at both agencies July 12 by Lee Memorial Health System Bloodmobiles. The results are in and SWFAS won the challenge with both a greater percentage of employees donating blood and a greater number of pints donated, too!

SWFAS had 39 pints donated, while Lee Mental Health had 37 pints collected at their campuses. Between the two organizations, 76 pints of blood were donated in one day, which will impact up to 228 lives.

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David Winters and Kevin Lewis with trophy. Photo provided.

To up the ante and encourage more employees to give, the agency CEOs agreed that the CEO of the agency that lost the challenge would shave his mustache. Lee Mental Health President & CEO David Winters followed through on the friendly wager and did indeed shave his mustache!

"What's most gratifying is that employees at both agencies really stepped up this year and gave about 50 percent more this year than last, which will help even more people in our community," said SWFAS CEO Kevin B. Lewis.

Both Lewis and Lee Mental Health Center President & CEO David Winters agreed that at the end of the day, it's really about giving back to the community that gives so much every day to support mental health and substance abuse services.

"Our employees work every day to assist individuals and families in our community in many ways. Giving back to the community and being part of the solution is a way of life for our employees, and is another example of their investment in helping our friends and neighbors," Winters said.

It's the second year in a row that SWFAS has won the challenge. In addition to retaining the title, SWFAS will keep the "Blood Challenge" trophy, which will rotate among each of its five Lee County offices during the next year.


SWFAS is Southwest Florida's leader in the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders. More than 6,000 people per year, from ages 9 to 90, start on the road to recovery with SWFAS. SWFAS provides detoxification services for adults, outpatient, intensive outpatient, residential, and day treatment for kids and adults, prevention programming, and an Employee Assistance Program. All treatment programs are evidence-based and accredited by CARF.

SWFAS services are not free. Payment plans are available and, in many cases, private insurance may cover some of the cost of treatment. SWFAS is a United Way agency. SWFAS provides services for all regardless of disability or handicap. Accommodations will be provided upon request. For more information, call (239) 332-6937 or visit

About Lee Mental Health Center

Lee Mental Health has been providing mental health and substance abuse services to Southwest Florida since 1969, focusing on the unique needs of both adults and children. Lee Mental Health services are available to the entire community. Fees are affordable and may be adjusted to the means of clients based on state guidelines. Lee Mental Health Center provides a full array of services with CARF accreditation.

The Access Center provides mental health assessments for first-time, non-emergency clients. Come between 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday-Friday for an assessment at our Vista campus, 10140 Deer Run Farms Rd., Ft. Myers, 33966. Call our Welcome Center at (239) 275-3222 with questions. Visit us on Facebook or at



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