Las Vegas community makes lifesaving impact by donating more than 160 pints
LAS VEGAS (March 3, 2017) — It’s a safe bet that donating blood can help save lives. Thanks to the Las Vegas community answering the need at this week’s T-Mobile Arena blood drive, it paid off with patients winning in a big way.
MGM Resorts International, News 3, the CW Las Vegas and iHeartMedia (Sunny 106.5 and 93.1 The Mountain)
partnered with the American Red Cross to host the first community blood drive held at T-Mobile Arena Monday, Feb. 27. The drive was a tremendous success, collecting 167 donations and setting a record for the largest Red Cross blood drive in the Southern Nevada area.
“The results of this blood drive illustrate the heroes among us who gave the gift of life for others in their time of need,” said Jim Murren, chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International. “We are proud to work side by side with the Red Cross to help meet the lifesaving needs of our community, especially as the Red Cross marks its 100th year of service to southern Nevada this year. We also appreciate the additional support provided by the drive’s co-sponsors and the team at T-Mobile Arena, as well as the cast members from Cirque du Soleil, Fantasy, Thunder from Down Under and Tournament of Kings who visited with donors at the drive.”
The Red Cross supplies more than 70 percent of the hospitals in Henderson and Las Vegas Valley and must collect more than 165 blood products each day to meet local patient needs. Patients rely on volunteer donors as the only source of blood for those in need of lifesaving blood transfusions. Blood collected at this drive can help ensure cancer patients, trauma victims, surgery patients and others have lifesaving blood products available when needed. As a thank you, those who came to give blood received free admission to BODIES...The Exhibition inside Luxor Hotel and Casino.
“To set a new record of most units collected is befitting for our 100 Year Celebration of the Red Cross serving Southern Nevada,” said Scott Emerson, Red Cross executive director. “Collecting that many units of lifesaving blood is such a great feat for our community and it really showcases the great things Southern Nevadans do to help each other out.”
Not only did this drive help ensure blood is available for hospital patients, but it also commemorated a century of the Red Cross serving Southern Nevada. The Red Cross of Southern Nevada will continue to offer a number of community events throughout the year as part of the Centennial Celebration. Those interested in learning more about events can visit the website.
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.
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 MGM Resorts International
MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is one of the world's leading global hospitality companies, operating a portfolio of destination resort brands including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. The Company opened MGM National Harbor in Maryland in December 2016, and is in the process of developing MGM Springfield in Massachusetts. MGM Resorts controls and holds a 76 percent economic interest in the operating partnership of MGM Growth Properties LLC (NYSE: MGP), a premier triple-net lease real estate investment trust engaged in the acquisition, ownership and leasing of large-scale destination entertainment and leisure resorts. The Company also owns 56 percent of MGM China Holdings Limited (SEHK: 2282), which owns MGM MACAU and is developing MGM COTAI, and 50 percent of CityCenter in Las Vegas, which features ARIA Resort & Casino. MGM Resorts is named among FORTUNE® Magazine's 2017 list of World's Most Admired Companies®. For more information about MGM Resorts International, visit the Company's website at www.mgmresorts.com.
About T-Mobile Arena
T-Mobile Arena, the new 20,000-seat venue located on the Las Vegas Strip between New York-New York and Monte Carlo, opened April 6, 2016. The arena will host more than 100 events annually including major headline entertainment, awards shows, UFC, boxing, basketball and other sporting events, family shows and special events. T-Mobile Arena will welcome a National Hockey League expansion team in the fall of 2017 – Las Vegas’ first professional sports team. The city’s newest landmark features 50 luxury suites, more than two dozen private loge boxes, complete broadcast facilities, and other specially designed exclusive hospitality offerings and fan amenities destined to create a guest experience second to none. Toshiba Plaza, an adjacent two-acre outdoor entertainment space, features performance stages, a variety of video screens and other interactive content and display areas. Industry-leading architect Populous designed T-Mobile Arena to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s standards for LEED® Gold Certification. T-Mobile Arena is a privately funded joint venture between AEG and MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM). For more information, visit the T-Mobile Arena website at www.t-mobilearena.com.