On September 20, the Pittsburgh Penguins joined forces with the Central Blood Bank to hold their annual “Score One for Life” blood drive. More than 240 registered donors showed up at the Verizon Gate of the CONSOL Energy Center to donate their blood and support the Penguins.
From start to finish, the blood drive was rewarding and fun for everyone. Participants waiting their turn to donate were entertained by the Penguins’ mascot, Iceburgh, who gave out hugs, took pictures with fans, and danced for the crowd.
All donors received a commemorative t-shirt and a chance to win Penguins memorabilia, but those who registered between 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM were able to preview what’s to come for the 2010-11 season. Those lucky donors had the opportunity to watch the Penguins in action during one of their team practices.
The Pittsburgh Penguins and the Central Blood Bank have collaborated in saving lives for the past 18 years. The “Score One for Life” blood drive is always scheduled at the end of summer when low donation rates create a critical shortage of blood by September. This year’s blood drive collected 290 units of blood which will help a total of 870 patients.