Skyforce to Host Community Blood Drive

Sioux Falls, S.D. (Dec. 27, 2012) – The Sioux Falls Skyforce announced today that they will host a community blood drive on Saturday, Dec. 29 from 12-6 p.m. at the Sioux Falls Arena. Anyone donating blood will receive two free Upper Empire tickets to that night’s game against the Maine Red Claws. Pizza and refreshments will also be provided courtesy of Boss’ Pizza & Chicken and the Arena.

“When we enter this time of year we see around a 15-20% decrease in donation,” said Community Blood Bank Executive Director Ken Versteeg. “Without this event, we would not be able to provide an adequate blood supply for the community through the holidays.”

Sioux Falls Fire Rescue and the Sioux Falls Police Department will be competing to see which department can recruit the most blood donors for Community Blood Bank in the 18th Annual “Heroes Behind the Badges” blood donation campaign.

From now through Jan. 4, both Avera McKennan Hospital and Sanford Medical Center blood donor rooms will be available for 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 while supplies last. Walk-ins are welcome or call 322-7111 (Avera McKennan) or 333-6444 (Sanford) to set up an appointment.

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 Sioux Falls Fire Rescue (600 units) took the victory over the Sioux Falls Police Department (420 units).

Community Blood Bank uses 550 units of blood per week to meet the needs of local hospital patients. Last year’s “Heroes Behind the Badges” event broke a record as 1026 donations were collected. For more information about Heroes Behind the Badges and donating blood log onto

Season tickets and 12-ticket flex packs for the 2012-13 season are on sale. Discounts and benefits are available for groups of 10 or more. For more information please contact a Skyforce representative at (605) 332-0605.