Wednesday September 7, 2005

Hurricane Relief Blood Drive

As part of a number of University of Dayton efforts to help Hurricane Katrina victims, a community-wide blood drive will be held at UD Arena on Friday, Sept. 9.

The University of Dayton athletics division is teaming up with the Community Blood Center and National City to hold the "Dayton Flyers Hurricane Katrina Relief Effort" from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9, in the University of Dayton Arena's east wing.

The Community Blood Center will conduct a blood drive at the Arena, and employees of National City will be accepting monetary donations for the American Red Cross. Depending on class and competition schedules, members of UD's athletic teams and staff members also will be volunteering.

"This is a national tragedy, and we all must step up," said UD President Daniel J. Curran. "The University of Dayton is proud to make the Arena available as a community resource for this effort as one of the many things the UD family will be doing in response to Hurricane Katrina."

"National City is proud to partner with University of Dayton to provide aid for the hurricane victims," added Jim Hoehn, president and CEO of National City Bank Southwest Ohio. "Please join us in helping to support those in need."

Blood donors must be 17 years or older, weigh at least 110 pounds, in good health and have not donated blood in the last eight weeks.

Checks or cash donations will be accepted. Checks should be made payable to the "American Red Cross."

Those interested in helping the relief effort should enter the Arena through Gates B or C off Edwin C. Moses Boulevard, park in Lot B, and walk into the Arena's east wing, which faces the Carillon Bell Tower.

For more information, contact the University of Dayton Arena at (937) 229-4433.