Philllies knock it out of the Park with record blood drive!

August 17, 2010

The largest Special Event blood drive in the American Red Cross Penn-Jersey Blood Services history was held on Saturday, August 14, at Citizens Bank Park.  Nearly 1,700 Phillies fans stepped up to the plate in an effort to safeguard against a region-wide summer shortage of blood – and as a result, nearly 5,000 lives could potentially be saved.

“This is by far the largest blood drive for the city of Philadelphia,” said Anthony Tornetta, Communications Manager for the American Red Cross.  “From 6 a.m. on, fans and loyal blood donors came to the ballpark to help save a life. We couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome and thank everyone for showing their tremendous support.”

Presenting donors were all able to receive a special event Chase Utley Jersey Style T-shirt, a tour of Citizens Bank Park, and photos with the 2008 World Series Trophy and 2009 National League Championship Trophy. Additionally, 10 lucky donors were randomly selected to experience the ultimate Phillies Fan VIP Treatment, which includes a photo on the field during batting practice and suite tickets for an upcoming Phillies game.

Since 2006, the Phillies and American Red Cross have teamed up to host nine Phillies Blood Drives at Citizens Bank Park, collecting nearly 7,000 units of blood and potentially helping to save over 17,000 lives across the region.

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