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United Blood Services Offers Blood Donors Chance to Win Two Airline Vouchers in January
Published on Thu, Jan 16, 2014 (3:21 p.m.)LAS VEGAS (Jan. 16, 2013) – During the month of January, United Blood Services of Las Vegas (UBS) is offering blood donors a chance to win two airline vouchers. As an additional incentive, all donors will also receive a two-for-one voucher for a full-priced dinner and show at Yolie’s Brazilian Steakhouse and Samba Show.
Blood donors, excluding those at high school drives, will be entered into a drawing to win two $750 airline vouchers. Donors who bring a Fast Track Donation Ticket, will be granted a bonus entry into the raffle. Fast Track Donation Tickets can be obtained by going to www.unitedbloodservices.org/HealthHistory.html and completing a health history form prior to visiting any UBS blood drive. Prize drawings will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 4 and the winner will be notified by phone.
Throughout the month, donors at all centers and most mobile drives will also receive one voucher for a two-for-one dinner and show redeemable for up to 10 guests at Yolie’s Brazilian and Samba Show.
Yolie's Brazilian Steakhouse has been a Las Vegas staple for more than 20 years. Donors can enjoy the greatest Samba Show with exotic Brazilian dancers all the way from Brazil for a fun-filled evening of entertainment and all-you-can-eat Brazilian cuisine. The restaurant serves meals rodizio style. Meats are marinated in herbs, grilled on skewers and served continuously at your table by your server. Along with the meats, you can enjoy salad, potatoes, vegetables and rice. Meats include turkey wrapped in bacon, spring chicken, homemade sausage, tri-tip, pork tenderloin and more. Seafood dishes are also available like shrimp scampi, seafood crepes and catch of the day.
“Winter is always a period of great need for blood donations at United Blood Services. During this time, donations are usually scarce because of the holidays, inclement weather and widespread illnesses,” said Danny Cervantes, regional donor recruitment director for UBS. “To show our appreciation to our donors we are happy to provide incentives such as free airline tickets. We are also grateful to partners such as Yolie’s who offer gifts for our donors who so generously give up their time and life-saving blood products.”
UBS relies on local blood donations to make sure blood is available for those in need. The nonprofit organization aims to provide a safe and ample blood supply while producing advanced, cutting-edge research. UBS currently has an urgent need to increase its supply of O negative blood. O negative is the universal blood type and the only type that can be transfused to patients with different blood types.
Donors are encouraged to make an appointment, and can do so by calling 877-827-4376 or by visiting www.unitedbloodservices.org/LV. Donors can also visit www.unitedbloodservices.org/HealthHistory.html to complete an online health history questionnaire prior to visiting any UBS blood drive or donation center. This questionnaire often saves time for donors, as it provides UBS with valuable information that is typically gathered during the in-person interview process at mobile blood drives and donation centers. The questionnaire must be completed on the same day as the blood donation.
United Blood Services’ three Southern Nevada donation centers are located at:
• 6930 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV
• 601 Whitney Ranch Drive, Suite 20, Henderson, NV
• 4950 W. Craig Road, Las Vegas, NV
UBS is always interested in creating partnerships for new blood drive sponsors in our community. To learn more about organizing a mobile blood drive, please call 702-304-6457.
About United Blood Services of Las Vegas
Founded in 1963, United Blood Services of Las Vegas, a non-profit, 501 ©(3) organization, provides blood and blood products for hospitals in Southern Nevada, California and Northern Arizona. Its programs exist to make a difference in people’s lives by inspiring individuals to donate blood, producing a safe and ample blood supply, advancing cutting-edge research and embracing continuous quality improvement. The United Blood Services network is one of the nation’s oldest and largest non-profit blood service organizations, and is a founding member of America’s Blood Centers and the American Association of Blood Banks. Nationally, United Blood Services serves more than 500 hospitals in 18 states, contributing to more than 25 million people. For more information, visit www.unitedbloodservices.org.