Bob’s Discount Furniture and the American Red Cross announced that they are teaming up with the New England Patriots to host the sixth annual “mega” blood drive and day of family fun at Gillette Stadium on Saturday, December 1, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. inside the luxurious Putnam Club.
“The American Red Cross truly appreciates Bob’s Discount Furniture for being a valued sponsor and we sincerely thank the New England Patriots for hosting the sixth annual “mega” blood drive to help patients in need,” stated Donna M. Morrissey, Director of Communications, American Red Cross Northeast Division. “The Red Cross thanks the community for helping make up the shortfall of blood donations after Superstorm Sandy. We urge eligible donors to remember patients during the holiday season and year round.”
“We are pleased to partner with the American Red Cross and the New England Patriots and provide a day of family fun at Gillette Stadium, while at the same time helping to save lives, stated Bob Kaufman, President of Bob’s Discount Furniture. “Superstorm Sandy served as a reminder that we must be prepared to help in advance of disasters, and there is no better way than giving the gift of life.”
During the blood drive in the luxurious Putnam Club, all attendees will have a chance to enter into a drawing for two autographed footballs from a current player. Patriots Legends Joe Andruzzi, John Smith, Steve Nelson, Roland James, Matt Chatham and Patriots cheerleaders are scheduled to attend. Patriots tickets and other prizes will be given away. Ice cream will be provided by New England Ice Cream Co.
Bob Kaufman and Cathy Poulin of Bob’s Discount Furniture will make special guest appearances. In addition to sponsoring the event, Bob’s Discount Furniture is generously donating 24 recliners to be raffled off throughout the event. Bob’s Discount Furniture has donated the furniture to thank generous blood donors and also to support a sufficient blood supply for patients in need.
Participating area high school bands and cheerleaders are scheduled to attend and entertain during the blood drive. Also, blood donors will be treated to Super Saturday at Gillette Stadium, which will host six of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) Super Bowls on the same day. Twelve teams will compete for their division’s Super Bowl title on New England’s most famous football field, which will be visible from the blood drive. Three Eastern Mass. divisions, one Central Mass. division and one Western Mass. division will crown their champions at Gillette Stadium on December 1.
This family fun filled event is in celebration of the Fourth Annual Bob’s Discount Furniture High School Heroes $100,000 Scholarship Program. The Scholarship Program recognizes outstanding high school seniors in Massachusetts and Connecticut who have made exceptional contributions to their schools’ volunteer blood donor programs.
For official rules about the scholarship, visit mybobs.com. All presenting donors will receive a t-shirt. Donors will have the opportunity to have their blood donation applied to a high school of their choice as part of the Scholarship Program.
This event is expected to attract hundreds of people. To make an appointment to donate blood at a drive near you, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or log on to redcrossblood.org
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 redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.
About Bob’s Discount Furniture Charitable Foundation:
Through the Bob's Discount Furniture Charitable Foundation and Bob’s Outreach program, Bob Kaufman, Cathy Poulin and all of Bob's Discount Furniture employees support hundreds of nonprofit organizations with sponsorships and charitable contributions. For over 15 years Bobs Discount Furniture has partnered with the American Red Cross in New England and has through direct in store blood drives raised over 21,000 productive units and over 8,000 units through a blood mobile donated in 2006. Among the many other supported charities are Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters, American Cancer Society, March of Dimes, National Conference for Community Justice, The Johan Santana Foundation, The Andrus Children Center and Connecticut Children's Medical Center. For more information about the foundation and Bob's Discount Furniture, visit http://bobscares.org
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