SUNRISE, Fla. – The Florida Panthers, City of Sunrise and OneBlood announced today that they will hold a blood drive at the BB&T Center on Friday, June 17 from 2:00-7:00 p.m. to help support those impacted by the recent shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. OneBlood is a non-profit devoted to organizing blood donations.
The Florida Panthers Foundation will also accept donations to support the OneOrlando Fund, a newly created fund that was announced by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer to support those affected by the Orlando tragedy. Every dollar raised on Friday will be matched by the Florida Panthers Foundation.
“During this difficult time we felt it was important to unite and support the city of Orlando and everyone affected by this tragedy.” Panthers Executive Chairman Peter Luukko said. “As a member of the Florida community, we stand by our neighbors to the north. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their friends and families as well as the first responders.”
“The Sunrise family stands with victims and those dealing with the aftermath of the horrific shooting in Orlando,” Sunrise Mayor Mike Ryan said. “To the families and friends of those murdered, our hearts ache. We know the survivors and their families have a long road ahead. The Sunrise family is ready to help and provide anything the Orlando family needs.”
The Panthers will offer a 20-percent discount on merchandise at Pantherland as well as goodie bags, based on availability, to those that donate blood on Friday. Additionally, there will be food trucks, inflatables and Viktor E. Ratt will be in attendance on the JetBlue Tarmac at the arena. WQAM 560 AM will be broadcasting live from the blood drive.
To make an appointment to donate, go to www.OneBlood.org
, click DONATE NOW and enter FLORIDA PANTHERS
as your sponsor. You can also download the app DONOR SPACE to make an appointment.