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Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech Battle for Bragging Rights during inaugural Battle of the Bands Blood Drive

Southern Blood Services Region

April 19, 2010
 

Mario Sedlock (left), director of donor recruitment, American Red Cross Southern Blood Services Region and Bob Eaton (second from left), CEO of the American Red Cross Appalachian Blood Services Region, present the Battle of the Bands Blood Drive trophy to Virginia Tech and The Marching Virginians alumni, Tom and Mary Billheimer.  Lauren Schmidt, student at Georgia Tech and member of The Yellow Jacket Pep band (far right) represented the Georgia Tech blood drive efforts.ATLANTA - This year the American Red Cross partnered with The Yellow Jacket Pep Band from Georgia Tech and The Marching Virginians from Virginia Tech to host the inaugural Battle of the Bands Blood Drive.

In February, each marching band hosted a blood drive on its respective campus. Both bands worked tirelessly to recruit blood donors and ensure every participant had a great experience. This year’s challenge resulted in a total of 273 pints of blood collected, which may help to save as many as 819 lives.

The winner of the inaugural Battle of the Bands Blood Drive was The Marching Virginians from Virginia Tech, collecting 185 pints of blood. The Marching Virginians were awarded a trophy during half-time of the Georgia Tech vs. Virginia Tech basketball game on March 6, 2010. The trophy will travel to the winning school in years to come.

It is through partnerships with dedicated sponsors like Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech that the American Red Cross is able to meet the needs of accident victims, as well as patients with cancer, sickle cell disease, blood disorders and other illnesses at hospitals and transfusion centers throughout the country.

For more information or to find an American Red Cross blood donation site in your community, visit www.RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.