April 20, 2011

The Red Cross Asks You to Be the One to Help Save a Life by Donating Blood

Philadelphia—April 14, 2011—SugarHouse Casino is encouraging employees and guests to roll up their sleeves on Sunday, April 17 and donate blood during their Inaugural American Red Cross blood drive.

From 9 a.m.—3 p.m., the Red Cross blood donation bus will be parked in front of the casino’s main entrance under the Porte Cochere for volunteer blood donors who would like to make a donation. All presenting blood donors will receive a coupon that can be used exclusively at the SugarHouse, along with the chance to see a live performance by members of the Philadelphia Mummers.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with SugarHouse Casino encouraging volunteer blood donors from across our region to give a little something of them selves,” said Anthony C. Tornetta,, Communications Manager at the American Red Cross. “The upcoming drive is vitally important to safeguard our local supply against potential blood shortages.”

The casino will provide donors with a relaxing environment once their blood is taken and will have picnic benches set up with snacks and beverages. Members of the Philadelphia Mummers also will provide entertainment from 1—3 p.m. when they’ll perform in the entranceway.
“Following our sponsorship of last month’s Red Cross Red Ball, the SugarHouse team wanted to find an additional way to give back to the organization,” Wendy Hamilton, general manager of SugarHouse Casino said. “We’ve encouraged our employees to donate and hope that casino guests will also make time to support the cause and help save a life by donating blood with the American Red Cross.”

Blood drives are held seven days a week in communities across the region. To make an immediate appointment for an American Red Cross blood drive this week, please call 1-800-RED CROSS, or visit to find a listing of community blood drives.

Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in both PA and NJ), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.  Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.

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