Richmond blood donors could win a pair of Rascal Flatts/Kellie Pickler concert tickets

September 11, 2014



News Release

Media contact: Kristen Hatfield, 757-439-3064, @RedCrossMAR                                                         


Donating blood with the Red Cross could be music to your ears

Richmond donors could win a pair of Rascal Flatts/Kellie Pickler concert tickets


RICHMOND, Va., (Sept. 11, 2014) – The American Red Cross is offering Richmond blood donors a special musical incentive. Those who present to donate blood on Sept. 16, 2014 from 11:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the Red Cross Chapter building located at 420 E. Cary St. in Richmond will automatically be registered to win two tickets to the Rascal Flatts/Kellie Pickler concert. This concert is presented by the EJ Wade Foundation and Get Ready Richmond. There will be a total of four lucky winners who will receive tickets. Donors can make an appointment online at or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS.


The Red Cross is excited to partner with Rascal Flatts. The band members serve on the Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet. They are heroes who donate their time, skills, passion and energy to help the Red Cross highlight important initiatives like this.


“This event provides an entertaining incentive to get people out to donate blood and to support the Richmond community,” said Page Gambill, CEO of the American Red Cross Mid-Atlantic Blood Services Region. “The Red Cross serves many hospitals in the Richmond area and it is important to keep the shelves stocked with blood for local patients in need.”


Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. The Mid-Atlantic Region needs to collect 500-600 pints of blood every day to meet the local needs of patients within the region, including the Richmond community. The Red Cross collects and processes approximately 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply. Through the national network, the Red Cross can quickly move blood around the country as needed, even during disasters.


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 @RedCross.