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Saving Lives Through Giving Blood

by Dallas Stars Staff / Dallas Stars

The Dallas Stars teamed up with the American Red Cross on January 7 to hold a blood drive at American Airlines Center and save numerous lives in the process. The drive was a major success, drawing in 288 presenting donors and collecting 221 units of blood. That translates to 663 lives potentially saved through the blood that fans donated.

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An exceptional 78 percent of these donors gave that day for the first time with the American Red Cross.

“We were very excited to join forces with the American Red Cross on this blood drive,” said Ben Cahalane, vice president of corporate sponsorships for the Dallas Stars. “We were thrilled at the turnout and the impact we had on saving lives and encouraging our fans to give blood. It was a good time and we were proud to be a part of it.”

The Stars offered incentives to all presenting donors. Every donor received tickets to a Stars game. Each donor also received an autographed puck and photographs of their favorite Stars players. The Dallas Stars Ice Girls helped pass out juice and cookies in canteen and mingle with the crowd.

Meanwhile, the Stars coaching staff did what they do best - coach the donors and get them fired up as they took a shot at giving life.

American Airlines also stepped up to the plate. The airline offered all presenting donors a discount on their next flight and one winner will be selected for a roundtrip trip ticket to watch a Dallas Stars road game.

Bob and Dan of BaD Radio on SportsRadio 1310 The Ticket broadcasted live from the blood drive. The two hosts signed autographs, bantered with donors, and wondered on the air if the American Red Cross could even have a possible competitor because it is so vital to the health of our community.

The day culminated with the chance to share some hospitality with a few local heroes. Key personnel from the Dallas Police and Fire and representatives from Love Field airport were treated to a suite experience. They joined the American Red Cross for an in-game presentation. Darren Irby accepted a commemorative game jersey on behalf the American Red Cross, a token of thanks for all this organization does to help our community thrive.

A big thank you to all Stars fans who came out and donated!

Find out more information on donating blood to the Red Cross at

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