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989-497-1053  office
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Allison Beers
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Carolyn Wyllie
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Monday
Jul012013

GO BLUE – Go Blood

Michigan Blood Partners with UM Blood Drives United
to Host Blood Drive July 8th

With University of Michigan students and alumni spanning the globe, one needn’t look far to see the impact Wolverines make in the communities where they live, work and play.  Close to home, University of Michigan students Chelsea Fournier (Senior/Neuroscience/LS&A), Sam Rea (Junior/Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience/LS&A), Kevin Weiss (Senior/International Studies and Biology/LSA), Sara Fritz (Junior/Movement Science/School of Kinesiology) and Betsy Gast (Super Senior / 5th Year Senior / Senior) /Chemical Engineering /College of Engineering)are doing their part to save lives in Michigan. On Monday, July 8th, these leaders of the volunteer student-run Blood Drives United organization will hosts its first blood drive with Michigan Blood from 12 noon – 6 pm. Students involved in the organization volunteer hundreds of hours throughout the year to host blood drives and help save lives. This summer, they decided to expand their efforts by forming a partnership with Michigan Blood, a non-profit, independent community blood center with locations throughout Michigan. (A second drive is scheduled for August 1st (12-6 pm) in the Union Ballroom).

The blood drive will be held at the Michigan Union in the Kuenzel Room, 530 S. State Street in Ann Arbor. Students, faculty, administrative staff, and community residents are invited to participate. As a thank you gift for taking time out of one’s busy summer schedule, Michigan Blood is providing a coupon for a free Papa John’s pizza for every person who attempts to donate.

It takes more than 2200 donations to Michigan Blood every week to support the more than 40 Michigan hospitals Michigan Blood supplies. 

Any healthy person 17 or older (or 16 with parental consent) who weighs at least 110 pounds may be eligible to give blood every 56 days. Blood donors should bring photo ID (or two forms of non-photo ID).  For additional information on donating blood, check out www.miblood.org.

To schedule an appointment, call 1-866-miblood (642-5663) or click https://donate.miblood.org/portal/.  Appointments are recommended for donor convenience, but walk-ins are welcome.

Wednesday
Jun192013

Michigan Blood Adds Two Members to Board of Directors

Derek Bailey, MSW, Consultant and former Tribal Chief
for Ottawa and Chippewa Indians

Paul Keep, Director of Print for MLive Media Group

 

John Perras, Chairman of the Board for Michigan Blood, announced today at the June Board of Directors meeting held in Grand Rapids that two new members have accepted board positions. Derek Bailey, MSW, a Principal with 7th Legacy Consulting in Traverse City, and Paul Keep, Director of Print for the MLive Media Group, will join Michigan Blood’s board effective immediately.

Derek Bailey is based in Traverse City, where he served as the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians Tribal Chairman from 2008-2012. As Tribal Chairman, Bailey also served as a Board Member of the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) of the Grand Traverse Resort and Casinos, and he was elected Chairman of the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan, Inc., a State Board comprised of the Tribal Chairman of twelve federally recognized Tribes of Michigan. Bailey also served as Chairman of CORA (Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority) in 2009 and 2010. In 2010, he was appointed by President Obama to the National Advisory Council on Indian Education. As Principal of 7th Legacy Consulting, Bailey consults with businesses and community leaders on government relations, communications, training, and tribal outreach.  He also currently serves as a board member of the Suttons Bay Public Schools Board of Education, the Father Fred Foundation, and Michigan Indian Employment and Training Services; as well as an adjunct professor for Grand Valley State University’s School of Social Work (Master’s Program). He has years of experience as a prevention and substance abuse counselor and family resource specialist.

Paul Keep is a seasoned journalist who has covered much of the Lower Peninsula throughout his 30+ year career with Booth Newspapers /Mlive. He began as a reporter at the Kalamazoo Gazette, and quickly advanced to news editor at The Muskegon Chronicle, then editor of The Bay City Times and editor of The Flint Journal.  Keep was named editor of The Muskegon Chronicle in 2006 and added the publisher title in 2007. In 2009, he became editor of the company's largest newspaper, The Grand Rapids Press. In early 2012, Booth Newspapers and MLive were merged into a new company called MLive Media Group and Keep was named director of print. In this capacity, he oversees the production of the company's eight newspapers: annarbor.com, The Bay City Times, The Flint Journal, The Grand Rapids Press, The Jackson Citizen Patriot, Kalamazoo Gazette, The Muskegon Chronicle and The Saginaw News.  Keep currently serves as a trustee at the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, Junior Achievement of West Michigan and the Alliance for Health.


Board Chairman John Perras notes: “We are thrilled to welcome Derek and Paul to our board of directors.  The scope and diverse nature of their talents and experience is a tremendous asset and they will both provide excellent direction, balance and perspective to our board.”

Monday
Jun172013

Michigan Blood Partners with Berlin Raceway

Participants in June 29 blood drive to receive free ticket, food and chance to win $500 promotional packet

 

Blood and car racing may not conjure up a positive picture, but in this case, Michigan Blood and the Berlin Raceway have put together a winning scenario.  On Saturday, Michigan Blood will host a blood drive at the Berlin Raceway (2060 Berlin Fair Drive in Marne, Michigan) from 4-7 pm. All eligible persons who attempt to donate blood will receive a free ticket to Saturday’s race, $3 off on a ticket for a friend, and a meal voucher.  Participants also will be entered to win a $500 valued Berlin Raceway package which includes a 2014 Season Pass, an 8-lap ride along in the “Ride of a Lifetime” 2-seater car, a t-shirt, cap, water bottle, and key chain.  The winner will be announced at the race on Saturday, August 3, 2013.

To donate, you must be 17 years old (16 with written parent’s/guardian’s consent), weigh at least 110 pounds, and pass the health screening.  You also may not have donated whole blood within the past 56 days of attempting to donate. Potential donors that are 16 years old should read the information provided on the Michigan Blood website by following this www.miblood.org/donating-blood, and bring their signed permission form.

Blood donors should bring photo ID (or two forms of non-photo ID). For additional information on donating blood, check out www.miblood.org.

Monday
Jun172013

Big Blood Drives at Big Ticket Festival!

Michigan Blood Partners with THE BIG TICKET Festival

June 21-22, 2013 Blood Drive to benefit World Orphans

 

The Big Ticket Festival is pleased to announce its renewed partnership with Michigan Blood for the 2013 Festival at the Otsego County Fairgrounds in Gaylord, Michigan.  Michigan Blood will be hosting a cause-based blood drive on Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22, from 10 am – 6 pm on the Festival Grounds. For each eligible person who attempts to donate blood, Michigan Blood will donate $11 to the World Orphans Haiti Project. 

The Big Ticket festival is a faith-based, nondenominational event featuring Christian rock groups, speakers, and Camp Rock (Kids’ Stage with Music, Karaoke, and Dance Parties, Giant Sandbox with Hidden Treasures to Discover, Wacky Family Photo Booth, Petting Zoo, Make Your Own Tie Dye Shirts, Climbing Wall and other Inflatables). For ticket information, check out: http://bigticketfestival.com/artists/main-stage-1213/

At the 2012 Festival, Michigan Blood partnered with The Big Ticket and raised over $2500 for Traffic Jam. The TRAFFIC JAM Campaign "jams" up the traffic of children into sex slavery and child militias by funding trafficking prevention, rescue and aftercare programs around the world.

To donate, you must be 17 years old (16 with written parent’s/guardian’s consent), weigh at least 110 pounds, and pass the health screening.  You also may not have donated whole blood within the past 56 days of attempting to donate (APRIL 25th). Potential donors that are 16 years old should read the information provided on the Michigan Blood website by following this www.miblood.org/donating-blood, and bring their signed consent form.

Blood donors should bring photo ID (or two forms of non-photo ID). For additional information on donating blood, check out www.miblood.org.

Monday
Jun172013

Love Michigan, Love Saving Lives

Michigan-Based Businesses Join Effort to Encourage Local Summer Blood Donation


There is so much to love about Michigan in the summertime! It’s no surprise that as the weather warms up, the community blood supply experiences a “summer-slump” as many people are out and about enjoying all that Michigan has to offer. That’s why several Michigan based businesses are teaming up with Michigan Blood to give people a chance to show their state pride while boosting the local blood supply.

Anyone who attempts to donate during the annual Love Michigan blood drive at Michigan Blood donor centers throughout the Lower Peninsula will receive a thank-you gift bag with Michigan-made products. The reusable bag provided by Meijer will include a special-edition retro “Say Yes to Michigan” t-shirt (a $28 value from The Mitten State) along with other donated products from Old Orchard Juice, Better Made Potato Chips, and Country Fresh Ice Cream.                              

"We're thrilled to be a part of the Michigan Blood summer blood drive for a third consecutive year,” says Will Bransdorfer, Co-Founder of The Mitten State. “It's a pleasure to see the event grow in popularity each successive summer and to see our fans get excited to give back to the community. It's an event that makes us proud to be from Michigan."

“We know how much people treasure this state and the local communities,” said Jim Childress, Vice President of Community Relations at Michigan Blood. “Love Michigan is a fun way to bring people together for a common cause to support more than 40 Michigan hospitals, and all the patients who are counting on lifesaving blood donations.”

It takes more than 2200 donations to Michigan Blood every week to support the more than 40 Michigan hospitals Michigan Blood supplies. The Love Michigan event will help assure that those numbers stay strong even in the heart of the summer season. Dates and times vary by location. Appointments are strongly recommended.

Any healthy person 17 or older (or 16 with parental consent) who weighs at least 110 pounds may be eligible to give blood every 56 days. Blood donors should bring photo ID (or two forms of non-photo ID).

Appointments are recommended for donor convenience.  Walk ins are welcome. To schedule an appointment, call 1-866-miblood (642-5663) or click https://donate.miblood.org/portal/.


Love Michigan Schedule of Events: 


    Grand Rapids Donor Center


        1036 Fuller NE
        Grand Rapids


July 1, 2, 3: 8 am – 7 pm
July 5: 8 am – 4 pm

    Saginaw Valley Church
    of the Nazarene

        1815 Tittabawassee Road
        Saginaw

July 1, 2, 3: 8 am – 7 pm
July 5: 8 am – 3:30 pm

    Bay City Donor Center

        1017 N. Johnson
        Bay City

July 1: 8 am – 3:30 pm
July 3: 12 noon – 7 pm

    Dow Diamond Donor Center

        825 E. Main St.
        Midland

July 1, 2 3: 7:30 am – 3:00 pm
July 5: 7:30 am – 3:00 pm

    Midland Donor Center
    MidMichigan Medical Center

        4005 Orchard Drive
        Midland

July 2: 12 noon – 7 pm
July 5: 8 am – 3:30 pm

    Traverse City Donor Center

        2575 Aero Park Drive
        Traverse City

July 1, 2, 3: 10:30 am – 6 pm
July 5: 7:30 am – 3 pm

    St. Joseph Donor Center

        2710 Cleveland Ave.
        St. Joseph

July 1 & 2: 11 am – 7 pm

    Kalamazoo Area Donor Center

        524 E. Milham Ave.
        Portage

July 3: 11 am – 7 pm
July 5: 8 am – 4 pm

 

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