Red Cross Announces Great Lakes Winners

July 28, 2011

News Release   

Media Contact: Jennifer L. Keller - (316) 268-0853 / Cell: (316) 558-2428
E-Contact Info:, @JenniferLKeller, @RedCrossBloodKS          
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Wichita, Kan.—July 27, 2011—In January, Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd. announced a continued partnership with the American Red Cross Blood Services – Central Plains Region. The goal of this partnership was to raise awareness about the need for blood throughout Kansas.

Great Lakes Airlines offered everyone who presented to donate blood at select drives from January through June 2011, a chance to win two, round-trip tickets from one of five cities in Kansas to Denver, Colo. Congratulations to the following winners:

WINNER of two tickets - Hays to Denver
Rita Stramel, Hays, Kan.

WINNER of two tickets - Dodge City to Denver
Mitzi Hesser, Greensburg, Kan.

WINNER of two tickets - Great Bend to Denver
Keri Schremmer, Hoisington, Kan.

WINNER of two tickets - Liberal to Denver
Siearra Valenzuela, Stratford, Texas

WINNER of two tickets - Garden City to Denver
Chris Biel, Scott City, Kan.

Approximately every two seconds someone in America will need a blood transfusion. Blood and blood products can be used for trauma victims, surgery patients and for patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or other diseases.

How to Donate Blood:
Call 1-800 RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit for more information or to make an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 in Kansas with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors 18 and younger. 

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at


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