Red Cross Blood Donors Rock

Pacific Northwest Blood Services Region

June 22, 2010

Portland, Ore.— Donating blood and helping to save lives doesn’t have to be as serious as it sounds. This summer, the Red Cross is encouraging people to donate blood and have some fun by rocking out at the 2010 Vans Warped Tour music festival. Anyone who presents to donate blood at a designated “Red Cross Rocks/Music Saves Lives” blood drive in Oregon and Washington will receive a free VIP access voucher to the 2010 Vans Warped Tour concert.

“We here at the Red Cross know that blood donors rock, and we want to thank them for their generosity by providing fun gifts like Warped Tour VIP vouchers,” says Red Cross Donor Services Manager, Tim Lippert. “The Red Cross Rocks/Music Saves Lives promotion is also a great way for the Red Cross to reach out to people—especially youth—about how they can help save lives by donating blood.”

The Red Cross Rocks/Music Saves Lives promotion is a partnership between the Vans Warped Tour, the American Red Cross Blood Services and Music Saves Lives, an organization that focuses on educating young people through music and entertainment. The Vans Warped Tour is an annual music and extreme sport festival that tours the country during the summer months. The Warped Tour has a nonprofit booth area at each of their concerts in Oregon and Washington.

The Warped Tour dates are:

  • Saturday, August 14, 2010 at the Gorge Amphitheater in George, WA
  • Sunday, August 15, 2010 at the Washington County Fair Grounds

This year, The Warped Tour has invited the Red Cross to outreach to concert-goers about the importance of blood donation in the nonprofit booth area at their concert at the Washington County Fair Grounds on August 15, 2010.

The Red Cross traditionally sees a drop in blood donations during the summer months when donors become busy with vacations and other activities. As donations decrease, the need for blood does not. People interested in helping to maintain an adequate blood supply during the summer are urged to schedule an appointment. Those specifically interested in receiving Vans Warped Tour VIP access vouchers can find participating Red Cross Rocks/Music Saves Lives blood drives and schedule an appointment entering the sponsor code “warpedtour.”

Presenting blood donors will receive their VIP access vouchers (while supplies last) at the participating Red Cross Rocks/Music Saves Lives blood drive where they signed up to donate blood.

VIP access vouchers are not entry tickets to the Warped Tour; in order to use the VIP vouchers, presenting donors must first purchase a Vans Warped Tour ticket. Vouchers can be exchanged at the concert for wristbands that entitle concert-goers to enter the exclusive Warped Tour VIP lounge area inside the concert grounds.

About the American Red Cross
The Red Cross provides nearly half of the nation’s blood supply (collecting more than six million units a year from volunteer donors) to patients in 3,000 hospitals around the country through its national network. Founded in 1949, the Pacific Northwest Regional Blood Services of the Red Cross strives to collect nearly 5,000 donations weekly to meet the needs of accident victims, cancer patients, and other ill or injured people who need transfusions. It serves more than 80 hospitals in Oregon, Washington and Alaska. Call 1-800-RED CROSS or schedule your appointment online or sponsor a blood drive.