United Blood Services and The Thunderbirds partner to offer free Phoenix Open Ticket Voucher to thank all January blood donors

January 6, 2010

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SCOTTSDALE – The Thunderbirds and United Blood Services have partnered to save lives by offering all January blood donors a free ticket to the 2010 Waste Management Phoenix Open, formerly known as the FBR Open. The two local organizations have teamed up for the seventh consecutive year to help Arizona’s blood donors experience the “Greatest and Greenest Show on Grass.” Simply give blood at any United Blood Services donor center or organization-sponsored blood drive in January to receive a voucher that can be redeemed at the main gate for a one-day pass to Open events at the TPC Scottsdale Feb. 22 – 28, 2010. For more information or to schedule a donation appointment, call 1-877-448-GIVE (4483) or visit www.UnitedBloodServicesAZ.org.

While their association with professional golf earns The Thunderbirds the most recognition, it is their work with the community that brings their members the most satisfaction. “The Thunderbirds are committed to helping the community in any way possible. And there is no better way to help than by giving the gift of life to someone in need,” said 2010 Waste Management Phoenix Open Tournament Chairman and Thunderbird David Rauch. “We realize that January is a difficult month for hospital patients waiting for blood transfusions. We hope that by offering a free ticket voucher to the tournament, it will encourage people to actively donate blood, and will in turn, save many lives throughout the state.”

Arizona hospital patients typically require more blood transfusions in January than during any other month of the year. The decline in donations during the holiday season, coupled with the winter increase in the state’s population, has created a need for additional blood donors. According to Audrey Jennings, Executive Director for United Blood Services, patients receiving lifesaving blood transfusions could be accident victims, surgery patients or those receiving treatments for leukemia, cancer and other diseases. “Since blood has a shelf life of 42 days, the blood donated today can provide lifesaving transfusions throughout January,” said Jennings. “Find the hero in you.  Give blood in January.”
United Blood Services Donation Locations

Call 1-877-448-GIVE (4483) or Visit www.UnitedBloodServicesAZ.org