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 www.miblood.org.
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 www.mcfta.org.
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