Skyforce to Host Community Blood Drive

Sioux Falls, S.D. (December 27, 2007) – The Sioux Falls Skyforce announced today that they will host a blood drive on Friday, Dec. 28 from 12-6 p.m. at the Sioux Falls Arena. Anyone donating blood will receive four tickets to that night’s game against the Colorado 14ers along with a certificate good for free breadsticks from Pizza Hut. Food and refreshments will also be provided courtesy of the Sioux Falls Arena.

Sioux Falls Fire Rescue and Sioux Falls Police Department will be competing to see which department can recruit the most blood donors for Community Blood Bank in the 13th Annual “Heroes Behind the Badges” blood donation campaign.

“This time of year is extremely difficult to maintain an adequate blood supply,” said Ken Versteeg, Executive Director, Community Blood Bank. “This blood drive event provides the public a chance to say thank you to police and fire personnel and helps hundreds of patients in the hospital during the holidays.”

From December 26 through January 9, both Avera McKennan Hospital and Sanford Medical Center blood donor rooms will be available for blood donations. The public is encouraged to come in to donate and designate their donation to the department of their choice. Donors can choose a “police” or “fire” t-shirt for signing up to donate at the donor rooms, while supplies last. Walk-ins are welcome, or call 322-7111 (Avera McKennan) or 333-6444 (Sanford) for appointments.

The department credited with the most blood donations will contribute $350 to the service organization of their choice; second place will donate $150. Sioux Falls Fire Rescue has chosen Children’s Home Society and the Sioux Falls Police Department has designated the Special Olympics of South Dakota. Last year it was the Sioux Falls Police Department taking the narrow victory over the Sioux Falls Fire Rescue 391-355 units.

The Sioux Falls Skyforce’s next game is on Thursday, Dec. 27 on the road against the Iowa Energy. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. CT at Wells Fargo Arena. For information on group, season and single game tickets please contact a Skyforce representative at (605) 332-0605.