A blood drive is being held in honor and remembrance of the Rutkowski-Dmitriev Family. A car crash claimed the lives of Thomas Rutkowski, and of his children, Sammy and Andrea Rutkowski. Thomas’ wife Galina Rutkowski, and their daughter, Michelle Rutkowski, were also in the car and sustained injuries. The blood drive is being held at the Kalahari Resorts and Conventions. Aleksey Dmitriev works at the resort. He is the stepson of Thomas Rutkowski, the son of Galina Rutkowski, and the brother of Sammy, Andrea and Michelle.
This blood drive comes when the Red Cross has a severe winter blood shortage and has issued an emergency call for donors to give now so patients can continue to receive the lifesaving treatments they need. Right now, blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in.
Donate Blood in honor and remembrance of the Rutkowski-Dmitriev Family
Thursday, January 12
8 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Kalahari Resort and Convention Center, Banquet Room
250 Kalahari Boulevard, Pocono Manor
Walk-ins are welcome, but scheduling an appointment is recommended. To make an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org. Use sponsor code KALAHARIPOCONO. Or, you may call 1-800-REDCROSS. (1-800-733-2767)
Presenting donors will be entered into a drawing for an iPad mini, generously donated by Lehigh Valley Hospital-Pocono. (Prizes and gifts are not redeemable for cash and are not transferrable.)
NOTE TO EDITORS AND REPORTERS: Representatives from the American Red Cross and Kalahari Resort will be available for interviews throughout the blood drive. Members of the Rutkowsi-Dmitriev Family will not be available for interviews.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. 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 donors can now 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, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
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.
About Kalahari Resorts and Conventions
Kalahari Resorts and Conventions in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, Sandusky, Ohio, the Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania, and coming soon to Round Rock, Texas, delivers a “world-away” waterpark resort and conference experience beyond expectations. The authentically African-themed Kalahari Resorts, privately owned by the Nelson family, is home to America’s largest indoor waterparks. All Kalahari Resorts feature well-appointed guest rooms, full-service Spa Kalahari, a fully equipped fitness center, on-site restaurants, unique retail shops and a state-of-the-art conference center. Kalahari Resorts and Conventions frequently receives awards and accolades for its guest and convention services. Recent recognition includes: Condé Nast Traveler’s #1 World’s Coolest Indoor Waterparks, 2016 Family Vacation Critic Favorite, TripAdvisors’ 2016 Travelers’ Choice Awards, 2015 Reader’s Choice USA Today’s 10 Best Indoor Waterparks, January 2015 OpenTable’s Diners’ Choice Award for Double Cut Grill’s signature dining experience for the second consecutive year, Silver Star recognition for Best Family-Friendly Meeting Hotel and Resort in Smart Meeting’s 2014 Smart Stars Awards, Clean the World’s Top 50 Hot Properties in 2013, the Daily Herald’s 2014 Reader’s Choice Awards for Best Indoor Waterpark, selection as one of the nation’s Top Family Resorts by Family Fun magazine for 2013, being named the Best Conference Center in the state by the Wisconsin Hotel and Lodging Association and selection as the Corporate Meeting Destination of the Year by Cleveland Business Connects magazine. For reservation and guest information, call 1-877-KALAHARI (525-2427) or visit KalahariResorts.com. To learn more about Kalahari Resorts, members of the media are encouraged to visit KalahariMedia.com.