Rock ‘N Roll Up Your Sleeve with Channel 96.3

July 17, 2013

News Release


Media contact: Cari Merrill, 316-558-2428, @RedCrossBloodCP            


Rock ‘N Roll Up Your Sleeve with Channel 96.3

Music, cookout and giveaways for presenting blood donors


WICHITA, Kan. (July 15, 2013) — Summer can be a challenging time of year to collect enough blood to meet patient needs. Blood and platelet donations often decline when schools are out of session and regular donors are on vacation.


“Rock ‘N Roll Up Your Sleeve” with the American Red Cross and Channel 96.3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 20 at the Wichita Donor Center, 707 N. Main St. and help maintain a sufficient blood supply for patients in need.


As much as 20 percent of Red Cross blood donations are collected at high schools and colleges during the school year, but donations at these blood drives drop by more than 80 percent during the summer.


In addition to live music and prize giveaways from Channel 96.3, presenting donors will enjoy a cookout, Orange Leaf frozen yogurt and additional prizes:

  • One free admission to Rock River Rapids Derby Aquatic Park
  • Entry in a drawing for one of four iPad Minis
  • Entry in a drawing for one Green Lantern car wash
  • A coupon for a free chicken breakfast biscuit from Chick-Fil-A (while supplies last)
  • A coupon for $4 off a Green Lantern car wash (while supplies last)


Presenting donors can also enter to win a VIP trip for two to Warner Brothers Studios to learn about the making of the movie “Pacific Rim,” which premiered July 12. The trip includes a VIP tour, airfare, two-night hotel stay and a $250 gift card for travel expenses.


Rock ‘N Roll Up Your Sleeve blood drive:

July 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Wichita Donor Center, 707 N. Main


Thank you to this year’s sponsors: BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, Channel 96.3, Chick-Fil-A, Chisholm Trail Animal Hospital, Commercial Insurance Group, Dillon’s at 13th and West, Farmland Foods, Great Harvest Bread Company, Green Lantern Car Wash, Orange Leaf, Party City (west location) and Rock River Rapids Derby Aquatic Park.


Blood transfusions can be used for trauma victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, premature babies, when there are complications during childbirth, and for patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or other diseases.

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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossBloodCP.