LOS ANGELES (June 14, 2018) –The American Red Cross and 95.5 KLOS are once again rocking the air waves and asking the community to step up and donate blood to prevent a summer shortage at the 37th Annual 95.5 KLOS Blood Drive. Rock lovers are invited to donate at any of the 19 blood drive locations throughout Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties starting Wednesday, June 27 through Saturday, June 30.
As a thank-you, all who come to give will receive one concert voucher. Concert choices are as follows and provided by Live Nation*:
· Kid Rock & Brantley Gilbert at FivePoint Amphitheatre on August 22
· Dead & Company at Dodger Stadium on July 7
· Godsmack & Shinedown at FivePoint Amphitheatre on August 4
· Scorpions & Queensrÿche at FivePoint Amphitheatre on September 2
· Deep Purple & Judas Priest at FivePoint Amphitheatre on September 27
· Def Leppard & Journey at The Forum on October 7
· Bush, STP, The Cult at Glen Helen Amphitheatre on September 1
· Foreigner, Whitesnake and Jason Bonham at FivePoint Amphitheatre on August 1
All presenting donors will also receive a limited-edition, commemorative 2018 95.5 KLOS Blood Drive T-shirt, and a voucher for a free combo meal courtesy of Wahoo’s Fish Taco, and LA Galaxy discounted ticket offer, while supplies last.
This 95.5 KLOS Blood Drive comes as the Red Cross is urging individuals to help ensure blood is never missing from hospital shelves by donating blood during the Missing Types campaign.
The goal of the Missing Types campaign is to inspire new blood donors and those who haven’t given in a while to give this summer and become a regular blood donor for patients in need. For the past four years, new Red Cross blood donors have declined by about 80,000 each year. More blood donors are needed now to fill the gaps.
“Imagine if the As, Bs and Os were not only missing from the name Annual 95.5 KLOS Blood Drive (_nnu_L 95.5 KL_S Bl__d Drive), but from hospital shelves. For a hospital patient who needs type A, B or O blood, these letters mean life,” said Geri Ostil-Hernandez, local market manager, Red Cross Southern California Blood Services Region. “That’s why the Red Cross and 95.5 KLOS are urging new donors and those who haven’t given in a while to fill the missing types this summer by donating to help ensure blood remains available for patients.”
The four-day blood drive also offers opportunities for listeners to meet some of their favorite on-air personalities and see a live broadcast in action.
95.5 KLOS fans won’t want to miss the opportunity to see Gary Moore broadcast live from the Red Cross Pomona Blood Donation Center on Wednesday, June 27, from 2-7 p.m.
Blood drive participants can hang with their favorite 95.5 KLOS jocks – including Heidi Hamilton, Frosty Stilwell, Gary Moore, Ken Anthony, Greg Beharrell, Full Metal Jackie, Marci Wiser, and Frankie DiVita – at various locations.
Wednesday, June 27
1:30-3:30 p.m. - Greg Beharrell, LAFD Fire Station #59, 11505 W Olympic Blvd., West Los Angeles
2-4 p.m. – Erik Smith, Rio Norte Junior High School, 28771 Rio Norte Drive. Santa Clarita
2-7 p.m. - Gary Moore, live broadcast from Red Cross Pomona Donation Center, 100 Red Cross Cir.
5-7 p.m. - Ken Anthony, Red Cross Woodland Hills Donation Center, 6338 Variel Ave.
Thursday, June 28
1-3 p.m. - Frosty Stilwell, American Red Cross Glendale Chapter, 1501 S Brand Blvd.
1:30-3:30 p.m. – Frank Kramer, Thousand Oaks Inn, 75 W. Thousand Oaks
2-4 p.m. - Heidi Hamilton, Red Cross Woodland Hills Donation Center, 6338 Variel Ave.
2-4 p.m. - Sammi Moreno, Rio Norte Junior High School, 28771 Rio Norte Drive. Santa Clarita
Friday, June 29
1-3 p.m. - Marci Wiser, LAPD – Hollywood Division, 6501 Fountain Ave.
1-3 p.m. - Frazer Smith, Red Cross Woodland Hills Donation Center, 6338 Variel Ave.
3-4 p.m. - Full Metal Jackie, Red Cross Torrance Donation Center, 2814 W Sepulveda Blvd.
Saturday, June 30
11 a.m.-1 p.m. - Frankie DiVita, Pomona Donation Center, 100 Red Cross Cir.
Donors of all blood types are needed. Walk-ins will be accepted, but donors with appointments will receive priority. To make an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) and use sponsor code KLOS.
Volunteer blood donors have helped make this annual summer event a great success since 1981. With the help of thousands of Southern California blood donors, the 95.5 KLOS Blood Drive has collected more than 192,597 pints of blood over the last three decades for patients including transplant recipients, accident victims and cancer patients.
How to donate blood
A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.
About 95.5 KLOS
95.5 KLOS has been recognized with many prestigious awards for its dedication to the community and received the American Association of Blood Bank’s (AABB) prestigious Award of Merit for the Radio category in Montreal in October 2008. KLOS also was named one of five finalists nationwide to receive the National Association of Broadcasting’s Legendary Station Award at the Marconi Awards in September 2006. In 2005, the station received both the Service to America Radio Partnership Award and the Crystal Radio Award, marking the first time that one radio station has been honored with both awards in the same year. For more info, go to http://955klos.com
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit RedCross.org or CruzRojaAmericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.