Empire City Casino Partners with New York Blood Center in Response to Emergency Blood Donation Appeal

Empire City Casino Partners with New York Blood Center in

Response to Emergency Blood Donation Appeal;

Hosting Local Blood Drive August 17 in Casino’s Good Time Room


Public Urged to Help the Cause

Pre-Register Available at NYBloodCenter.org


(Yonkers, NY) – Stop (and donate) in the name of blood! Empire City Casino and New York Blood Center (NYBC) are teaming up in response to an emergency blood donation appeal. To help replenish the region’s critically low blood levels, Empire City and NYBC will hold a public blood drive on Friday, August 17 from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the casino’s Good Time Room on the third floor. Empire City Casino is located at 810 Yonkers Avenue, Yonkers, NY and offers free general parking for all guests and participants.


As a token of appreciation for making a life-saving donation, all blood drive participants will receive a voucher to redeem a pair of tickets to a 2018 Mets game at Citi Field. Participants will be able to choose from a list of available game dates to fit their schedule and rivalry preferences.


This drive comes at a particularly important time as area hospitals currently face a blood emergency. In order to maintain a safe blood supply, a seven-day inventory of all blood types must be continually replenished. Right now, reserves are below that minimum.


“Every single day, blood donations help save lives – and right now, the need is critical,” said Andrea Cefarelli, senior executive director of donor recruitment for New York Blood Center. “We’re calling on everyone to do what they can to spread the word, host a blood drive or simply take an hour out of their day to donate.”


“Empire City Casino is honored to partner with New York Blood Center again for such an important cause,” said Taryn Duffy, director of public affairs for Empire City Casino. “We encourage all adults who can donate to come join us on August 17 to help the New York Blood Center replenish their stock so they may continue helping our communities in such an important manner.”


To schedule an appointment to participate in the August 17 blood drive at Empire City Casino, visit NYBloodCenter.org. Walk-ins are also welcome on a first come, first served basis.


To check eligibility to donate blood, contact the NYBC Eligibility Line at 1-800-688-0900. Anyone between the ages of 18 and 75, and weighing at least 110 pounds, is a potential donor. A photograph or signature ID must be presented at the time of donation. NYBC strongly suggests donors eat well-balanced meals before giving blood. Prior to the blood donation, the on-site donor specialists will check blood pressure, temperature, iron levels and pulse of all donors to ensure that they are healthy enough to give blood.

For more information on Empire City Casino and the blood drive, please visit www.empirecitycasino.com.




About Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway:

Empire City Casino is one of the largest entertainment and gaming destinations in the northeast. Featuring 5,300 of the hottest slots, electronic three card poker, blackjack, craps, roulette, baccarat and sic bo, Empire City Casino also offers guests year-round harness racing and International simulcasting, live entertainment including the best party, tribute and Latin bands, comedy, New York’s hottest DJ’s, and more. A plethora of dining options will satisfy even the most discerning palate with Italian cuisine at Nonno’s Trattoria; Dan Rooney’s, a high-energy sports bar; Alley 810, a craft cocktail lounge with retro bowling lanes; and convenient delicious options at the International Food Court or Lil’ Cocina. Visit Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway located at 810 Yonkers Avenue (off I-87 at Central Avenue) Yonkers, NY, Westchester County, open seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. Visit www.empirecitycasino.com or call 914.968.4200 for information.


About New York Blood Center:

 Founded in 1964, New York Blood Center (NYBC) is a nonprofit organization that is one of the largest independent, community-based blood centers in the world. NYBC, along with its partner organizations Community Blood Center of Kansas City, Missouri (CBC), Innovative Blood Resources (IBR), Blood Bank of Delmarva (BBD), and Rhode Island Blood Center (RIBC), collect approximately 4,000 units of blood products each day and serve local communities of more than 45 million people in the Tri-State area (NY, NJ, CT), Mid Atlantic area (PA, DE, MD), the Kansas City metropolitan area, Minnesota, Nebraska, Rhode Island, and Southern New England. NYBC and its partners also provide a wide array of transfusion-related medical services, including Comprehensive Cell Solutions, the National Center for Blood Group Genomics, the National Cord Blood Program, and the Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute, which — among other milestones — developed the Hepatitis B vaccine and a patented solvent detergent plasma process innovating blood-purification technology worldwide.

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