Monday, August 29, 2011

Pocono Raceway to host 6th annual Sept. 11 remembrance blood drive


Raceway will hold blood drive Sept. 8, with several companion drives Sept. 8-9

Ashley, PA/Long Pond, PA (August 29, 2011) – Pocono Raceway and the American Red Cross Northeastern Pennsylvania Region have partnered once again for their sixth annual September 11th remembrance blood drive.  For two days in September, the coalition will help to ensure a sufficient blood supply for patients in need this fall.  Presenting donors will be offered a chance at some spectacular prizes.

Everyone remembers where they were on September 11, 2001 when tragedy struck.  On this milestone anniversary, we think back to the unprecedented compassion of people who gave blood in response to it.  And a decade later, we still have not forgotten.

On Sept. 8 and 9, a series of American Red Cross blood drives will be held in partnership with Pocono Raceway.  The drive will be held at Pocono Raceway on Sept. 8 from 1 to 7 p.m., with satellite drives occurring on both Sept. 8 and 9 for people who cannot be at the track location. Satellite locations are listed below.

Each presenting donor will be entered for a chance to win several prizes courtesy of Pocono Raceway.  Among them are four Terrace Club seats to the 2012 Pocono 400, as well as the opportunity to meet all of the NASCAR drivers on-stage during the opening ceremony. Presenting donors can double their chances to win by making and keeping their appointment to donate.

“We are extremely fortunate to work with such a charitable organization,” stated Tony Ferlenda, CEO of the American Red Cross NEPA Region. “The Pocono Raceway has long been valued supporters to the American Red Cross, and we cannot thank them enough for the hard work and generosity that they give our organization to arrange this fabulous event every year.” 

Eligible volunteer blood donors are asked to please call 1-866-986-9940 or visit redcrossblood.org/nepa/poconoraceway to find a blood drive and to make an appointment. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in PA), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to give blood. Positive identification is required at the time of donation.

Satellite Locations:

Sept. 8:
Nescopeck VFW, 435 W. Third St., Nescopeck, PA  1pm - 6pm
The Woodlands, 1073 Highway 315, Wilkes Barre, PA  12pm – 6pm
Gentex Corporation, 324 Main St., Simpson, PA  8:30am – 1:30pm
First Union Methodist Church, 410 E. Mahanoy St., Mahanoy City, PA  1pm – 6pm
Monticello Firehouse, 23 Richardson Ave., Monticello, NY 2pm – 7pm
Cherokee Pharmaceuticals, 100 Avenue C, Riverside, PA  12pm – 5pm
Athens Township Fire Hall, 150 Herrick Ave., Athens, PA  12pm – 5pm
Jerusalem Lutheran Church, 252 Dock St., Schuylkill Haven, PA  12pm – 6pm 
Proctor & Gamble, Route 87, Mehoopany, PA  2pm – 7pm

Sept. 9:
Fairway Motors, Route 309, Hazleton, PA  12pm – 5:30pm
Trout Run Fire Dept., 241 Route 14, Trout Run, PA  1pm – 6pm
Lancaster Host Resort, 2300 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA  1pm -6pm
Clifford Township Fire Co., Route 106, Main St., Clifford, PA  2pm – 7pm
Girton Manufacturing Co., 160 W. Main St., Millville, PA  8am – 12noon

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