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Midland Center For The Arts Partners With Great Lakes Loons

In the spirit of Center Stage Theatre’s season opener, “Dracula, the Musical,” Midland Center for the Arts has challenged the Great Lakes Loons to see whose followers can donate more blood to Michigan Blood from July 22 through August 16, 2013.

“I am excited that Midland Center for the Arts and the Great Lakes Loons have this opportunity to engage in some friendly competition for such a good cause,” says MCFTA President/CEO and Michigan Baseball Foundation board member Mike Hayes.  “Donated blood helps save the lives of 4.5 million Americans each year, and it was recently reported that June 2013 donations were lower than expected, on top of Michigan Blood experiencing its usual summer decline in donations.  I hope our region responds by rolling up their sleeves and giving blood.”

Bill Rietscha, President and CEO of Michigan Blood, echoes Hayes’ comments:

"Michigan Blood is thrilled to join forces with the Loons and the Midland Center for the Arts for such a fun, creative event. We greatly appreciate the initiative and support of the community in helping secure a safe and adequate blood supply for MidMichigan Medical Center and our more than 40 Michigan hospital partners.  Summer is challenging as 22% of our donations come from high schools and colleges, and many are not in session. Families also are busy enjoying summer activities, but the need for blood never takes a vacation.  One in 7 hospital patients need blood due to trauma, chronic illness, premature birth, or fighting the effects of cancer treatment.”  

When signing in, donors must mention they are donating for Midland Center for the Arts or the Great Lakes Loons.  Each participating donor will be included in a drawing to win a prize package of Loons and MCFTA items, including 4 Loons vouchers, a first pitch opportunity, 4 tickets to see “Dracula:  the Musical” on October 5, an autographed poster from the cast, 4 drink vouchers for the Saints & Sinners Lounge & a private dinner for 4 at the Loons stadium prior to the show!  Results of the contest will be announced at Dow Diamond during Midland Center for the Arts’ “Salute to the Arts” on August 20, with the President/CEO of the organization that tallies the fewer donors participating in a fun on-field contest.

Michigan Blood’s Dow Diamond donation center is open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Its MidMichigan Medical Center donation facility is open Tuesdays from noon to 7 p.m., Fridays from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and August 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Additionally, Midland Center for the Arts will also host an on-site blood drive on Tuesday, August 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

To schedule an appointment with Michigan Blood, call 1-866-MIBLOOD (642-5663), or click

Center Stage Theatre is one of the most successful and exciting community theatre companies in the Midwest. Center Stage Theatre continues to present high quality plays, musical theatre, children’s theatre, and programs of community service, theatre classes and workshops in the Great Lakes Bay Region.  Member of the American Association of Community Theatre.

Midland Center for the Arts, Inc. is a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation formed under the laws of the State of Michigan incorporating six groups: Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art, Center Stage Choirs, Center Stage Theatre, MATRIX:MIDLAND, Midland County Historical Society, and Midland Symphony Orchestra. Activities at Midland Center for the Arts are supported in part by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. For the latest Center news, visit our web site at

Watch a promotional video here.


Michigan Blood to Host Drive at Midland Mall

Michigan Blood is hosting a blood drive at the Midland Mall to help boost the community blood supply during a time of high need.

The blood drive will take place in the center court, 6800 Eastman in Midland, from 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. on Friday, August 9.

Every donor who attempts to donate will be entered to win a $200 Detroit Tigers prize package which includes four infield box tickets and a $30 gas card.

Donors can visit to make an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome. 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).

Michigan Blood hosts 3,700 blood drives a year to help meet the needs of local hospitals across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. In Midland, Michigan Blood is the exclusive blood provider for MidMichigan Medical Center - Midland.


Michigan Blood Partners with Gilda's Club – Lowell for Pink Arrow Pride

$10 Donation to Gilda’s Club – Lowell for every person who attempts to donate at July 30th blood drive  

Thanks to the efforts of Nancy Brinker, sister to Susan G. Komen, and thousands around the world, the color pink is nearly synonymous with the fight against breast cancer. Since 1982, Brinker and supporters have raised awareness and millions of dollars, using the pink ribbon on everything from apparel to trash barrels to paper products … and even athletes do so. In 2007, the Lowell High School football team joined the movement, suiting up in pink jerseys to host Pink Arrow Pride to help raise money for their local Gilda’s Club cancer support center. Their efforts helped raise $800,000 in five years.   

In 2010, Michigan Blood joined the Pink Arrow Pride efforts, hosting a blood drive to raise money for Gilda’s Club – and equally important, raising awareness of the close connection between donating blood and fighting cancer. Thirty-three (33) percent of blood products (red cells and platelets) are given to cancer patients to help offset the side effects of chemotherapy. In three years, Michigan Blood, with the support of its generous blood donors, have helped more than 500 patients  and raised over $3000 to underwrite cancer support efforts at the Gilda’s Club in Lowell.

On Tuesday, July 30, 2013, from 10 am – 7 pm, Michigan Blood will be hosting a blood drive at the Gilda’s Club in Lowell (314 S. Hudson Street, across from the Kent County Fairgrounds.). Michigan Blood will make a $10 donation to the Gilda’s Club Lowell Pink Arrow Project for every person who attempts to donate blood during the drive. 

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 LINK, 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

Teresa Beachum, coordinator for the Pink Arrow Pride blood drive on behalf of Gilda’s Club, notes: “Unfortunately, everyone knows someone who has had cancer or is fighting it, yet far less people know about how important blood therapy is to the cancer patient.  When loved ones ask how they can help, we encourage them to find a Michigan Blood drive and donate, as the blood stays local to help their family and neighbors.” 

Carole Gentry, BSN, RN, Clinical Services Manager of the Comprehensive Breast Center at Lacks Cancer Center, a major sponsor of the Pink Arrow Pride event; echoes Beachum’s comments. “Making the connection between donating blood and helping people with cancer is so important. Red cell transfusions and platelets help counterbalance some of the effects of chemo treatments. Anyone who has watched a loved one struggle knows that an hour out of their day to help is the best feeling in the world. And donating as part of the Pink Arrow Pride event helps raise money for cancer support through Gilda’s Club. It is truly a win-win-win.”


Michigan Blood Announces Two New Directors

Michigan Blood, an independent, nonprofit community service organization that provides blood products to more than 40 Michigan hospitals, announced the hiring of two new Directors to oversee statewide departmental operations. Dawn Kaiser has been named the Director of Donor Services, and Donna Martorano has been named Director of Volunteer Services.  Michigan Blood has facilities in Grand Rapids, Portage, Saint Joseph, Traverse City, Saginaw, Midland and Bay City. Both Kaiser and Martorano will operate out of the Grand Rapids central offices.


Prior to joining Michigan Blood, Kaiser worked for LifeSource Blood Services in Rosemont, Illinois.  Her most recent position was as Director of Collections.  She also served as a regional manager, center manager, supervisor, donor specialist, and training supervisor.  Mark Palkowski, Vice President of Operations, notes:  “Dawn’s extensive experience with every stage of the blood donation process will be invaluable to Michigan Blood as she works with our staff and volunteers to ensure an exceptional donor experience for each and every donor.  Michigan Blood hosts 3700 mobile blood drives and 9 regional donor centers to collect approximately 2200 units per week to meet the needs of our Michigan hospitals.”





Donna Martorano was named Director of Volunteer Services, having been promoted from Manager of Volunteer Services on July 1, 2013.  She has been with Michigan Blood for 7 years; the last two as Manager.  Martorano oversees 540 volunteers statewide who assist in the post donation station, prep/care, registration floater, and inventory/restocking, as well as volunteer as drivers, greeters, and clerical/computer/phone support.”


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

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

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