On Saturday, March 10, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the American Red Cross teamed up to help save lives at the annual Score One for Life Blood Drive. More than 240 registered donors helped to ensure that blood will be available when patients need it.
Tara Harrington, Marketing Program Manager of the American Red Cross Greater Alleghenies Region stated, “March is Red Cross Month which calls for a rededication to the American Red Cross whether it be through giving blood, providing disaster relief, or simply learning CPR.” The winter months experience a reduction in the number of donors, while the need for blood remains constant.
Blood donors received a Jordan Staal
jersey-style t-shirt and were eligible to win Penguins memorabilia. In addition, fans had the opportunity to meet and chat with Penguins alumni members Phil Bourque, Kim Clackson, Pierre Larouche, Francois Leroux,
Troy Loney, Bryan Trottier and Warren Young.
Alumni shared memories of their time spent on ice, as well as memories of donating their own blood. Troy Loney chuckled, “I would rather give my blood to the Red Cross than leave it on the ice.”
Broadcasters, Mike Lange and Paul Steigerwald, also greeted fans at the event.
Mike Lange stated, “Blood is the lifeline of how we all live. The ultimate reason why people give blood is because they never know when they will need it themselves down the line.”
The Ice Crew, the Penguins mascot, Iceburgh and the American Red Cross mascot, the Blood Hound, were also on hand to entertain donors.
Donor Rachel Harken attended the Score One for Life Blood Drive for her second time. Harken said, “I try to donate blood regularly. Blood saves lives and it is good for the community.” She thought that it would be fun to come down to the CONSOL Energy Center and experience the atmosphere, while generously making her donation.
Throughout the drive, fans enjoyed refreshments donated from Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, H.K. Anderson, GNC and Shearer’s.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have been committed to the Score One for Life Blood Drive since 1992.
“The Score One for Life Blood Drive is a continuation of the Penguins’ commitment to helping the community,” said Phil Bourque. “It’s pretty great to hold the blood drive at CONSOL Energy Center, too. It helps to get people excited to give blood in the same place the Penguins team plays. People can come see the arena and have the opportunity to meet some former players and broadcasters, which makes this blood drive more of an event – it’s special.”
Edward Blucas and son, Korey Blucas, an official Red Cross blood donor, were able to enjoy their first time in the CONSOL Energy Center. Korey proudly stated, “I am here today to help save three lives.” Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood and just one pint of blood can save up to three lives.
The March 10 Score One for Life Blood Drive was the second hosted by the Pittsburgh Penguins and American Red Cross this season. The cumulative total for both drives yielded 620 units of blood which will help up to 1,860 patients.
This collection would not have been possible without the outstanding support of our fans and we thank each donor for their participation.