LONG POND, Pa. (June 21, 2019) — Pocono Raceway and the American Red Cross invite blood donors to attend the 14th Annual Pocono Raceway Blood Drive and Ride for the Red on Tuesday, July 2. All presenting blood donors will entered for a chance to win three prize packages, complimentary lunch, $10 Electronic Gift Card and an American Red Cross t-shirt and the opportunity to enter for a chance to win one of three Pocono Raceway premium ticket giveaways. Additionally, the first 200 presenting blood donors will receive a Pocono Raceway $50 Gift Card.
The Pocono Raceway Blood Drive will take place at the Raceway, located at 1234 Long Pond Road, Long Pond, Pennsylvania, from 1-7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2. Appointments to donate blood can be made by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or visiting redcrossblood.org and using sponsor code POCONO.
In addition to giving blood, attendees are invited to ‘Ride for the Red.’ A $10 per lap donation will enable participants to drive a lap, or laps, around Pocono Raceway using their own vehicles. Blood donors who plan to participate in the ‘Ride for the Red’ should do so before they donate. All proceeds will benefit Red Cross disaster relief efforts in the Pocono Mountains, which helps families prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters, both big and small. The ‘Ride for the Red’ event will take place from 12 – 7 p.m. on July 2.
The first 200 presenting blood donors will receive a Pocono Raceway $50 Gift Card. This Pocono Raceway Gift Card can be used to purchase NASCAR, INDYCAR and “The Great Pocono Raceway Air Show” event tickets at ‘The Tricky Triangle’. The gift cards do not expire. Upcoming events at Pocono Raceway include the Gander RV 400 NASCAR race weekend from July 26-28, the ABC Supply 500 INDYCAR weekend from August 17-18 and “The Great Pocono Raceway Air Show” with two event dates of August 24 and 25. Kids are FREE at Pocono Raceway this summer. Visit www.poconokidsfree for more details.
Presenting donors at the Pocono Raceway Blood Drive will be placed into a random drawing for a chance to win one of three prize packages. The first is (4) Terrace Club tickets to the Gander RV 400 NASCAR race at Pocono Raceway, which includes food, beverage and pre-race pit, paddock and frontstretch access to Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver introductions on Sunday, July 28. The second prize is an autograph James Hinchcliffe item and (2) Terrace Club tickets to the ABC Supply 500 INDYCAR race, which also includes food, beverage and paddock access to the NTT IndyCar Series garage, on Sunday, August 18. The final giveaway item is (4) tickets to “The Great Pocono Raceway Air Show” on August 24 or 25.
In addition, Suburban Propane, a proud national sponsor of the American Red Cross, is once again supporting summer blood drives, including the Pocono Raceway Blood Drive, to help increase awareness of the constant need for blood and platelet donations. Presenting donors at the Raceway on July 2 can enjoy an on-site cookout and will get a $10 electronic gift card, courtesy of Suburban Propane. Suburban Propane employees will also volunteer at the blood drive as part of one of the largest national volunteer commitments to Red Cross Blood Services from a corporate partner.
Blood drives at Pocono Raceway have collected approximately over 3,000 pints of blood over the past 13 years.
How to donate blood:
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also must meet certain height and weight requirements.
Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.