Madison Ballet's "Dracula" helps bring need for blood to light

March 1, 2013

MADISON, Wis. - During Red Cross Month, the American Red Cross is partnering with Madison Ballet to encourage local residents to support the arts and patients in need of lifesaving blood and platelets. Those who present to donate blood or platelets from March 4-9 at the Red Cross Madison East or West Donation Centers can enter to win tickets to the Madison Ballet’s March 10 performance of "Dracula: A Rock Ballet."

“To kick off the long-awaited premiere of Dracula, we invite others to give blood for a chance to join us for this exciting performance,” said Gretchen Bourg, general manager of Madison Ballet. “We felt that a Dracula presented the perfect opportunity to highlight the need for blood donors in our community. Donating blood is an easy way to make a difference in the lives of others and we encourage our arts patrons to consider lending an arm to the Red Cross and patients in need.”

Participating blood donation opportunities:

2109 Zeier Rd., Madison, Wis.
Monday, March 4 1 - 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 5 1 - 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 6 1 - 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 7 1 - 6:30 p.m.
Friday, March 8 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 9 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.


4860 Sheboygan Ave., Madison, Wis. 
Monday, March 4 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tuesday, March 5 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Wednesday, March 6 CLOSED
Thursday, March 7 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday, March 8 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Saturday, March 9 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Platelet donations are accepted by appointment only. To learn more about this type of donation or to schedule an appointment, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

The need for blood is constant. From cancer patients and accident victims to premature babies and those with blood disorders, someone in the U.S. needs blood every two seconds. Help save lives this winter for a chance to watch “Dracula: A Rock Ballet” premiering March 8-1o at the Overture Center for the Arts. For more information, visit

How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 consent 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

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 or join our blog at

About Madison Ballet

Madison Ballet promotes appreciation and access to ballet by providing training and performing opportunities through professionally produced productions and educational initiatives. Located at 160 Westgate Mall, Ste I, Madison, Wis., 53711, Madison Ballet is the first professional level training program in South Central Wisconsin and one of the largest performing arts organizations in the state. For more information, visit