Give Blood for Rugby Blood Drive Challenge Kicks Off

May 28, 2010

MADISON, Wis. – This summer, Wisconsin rugby fans can support the sport they love and help patients in need at the inaugural American Red Cross/Try Line Charities Give Blood for Rugby Blood Drive Challenge in Hartland, Wis.


All presenting donors will receive a coupon for a free pint of Culver’s famous frozen custard and a free beverage from Revere’s Wells Street Tavern. Blood drive supporters can also enjoy special treats provided by Panera Bread Co. and Piggly Wiggly. Presenting donors are eligible to win a free t-shirt.


“Rugby is a sport known for developing respect and camaraderie among its players and supporters,” said Bruce Lesniak, founder of Try Line Rugby Charities and coordinator of the challenge. “We’re drawing on that foundation to help the greater community by hosting events like this blood drive challenge.”


The blood drive challenge not only helps patients in need during the summer months, when donations tend to decline, but also helps raise money for the Try Line Rugby Charities through corporate sponsorships of the blood drive, which will be used to assist severely injured players and support the growth of rugby in Wisconsin.

WHAT:         Give Blood for Rugby Blood Drive Challenge

WHO:           All eligible blood donors and Wisconsin rugby fans, supporters and players

WHEN:       Saturday, June 5 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE:     Lake Country Lutheran High School, 401 Campus Dr., Hartland

A special thanks to our sponsors: Culver’s, Dave Droegkamp Heating Inc., Fast Park & Relax, Great Midwest Bank, Revere’s Wells Street Tavern, Top Floor Technologies and UW Health Partners Watertown Regional Medical Center.


How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (448-3543) or visit 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 (16 with parental permission in some states), 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

Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.