As part of the club’s ongoing efforts to serve and strengthen the community during the current pandemic, the Orioles announced Tuesday that they have partnered with the American Red Cross, Budweiser, and the University of Maryland Medical System to host a blood drive at Oriole Park on Saturday, May 23, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET. All fans who donate blood will receive two free ticket vouchers redeemable for a future Orioles home game in 2020 or 2021.
Donors can enter the ballpark at the Home Plate Plaza entrance, located under the green awning between Gates D and E. Complimentary parking will be available in Lot A. In addition to following all FDA guidelines, Red Cross has implemented additional social distancing and safety protocols to protect donors and staff. All donors must make an appointment in advance to help with following social distancing guidelines. Walk-in appointments will not be accepted. Those who wish to donate blood can make their appointment at RedCrossBlood.org (sponsor code: Orioles) or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.
“The Orioles recognize that hospitals and healthcare facilities in our community rely exclusively on volunteer blood donors to ensure a ready blood supply for those in need, especially during times of crisis,” said JENNIFER GRONDAHL, Orioles Senior Vice President, Community Development and Communications. “In partnering with Red Cross, Budweiser, and the University of Maryland Medical System, we aim to support local healthcare organizations with a sufficient blood supply as they continue to care for our community. We encourage all fans who are healthy and able to do so to make a donation.”
The American Red Cross is a non-profit humanitarian organization focused on alleviating human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the Red Cross faces a critical need for blood products, which are essential to community health. Budweiser has been a partner of the Red Cross since 1906, and is a longtime partner of the Orioles. Together, the Orioles, Red Cross, Budweiser, and the University of Maryland Medical System have quickly mobilized as one team to extend their resources to those in need.
“As COVID-19 continues to affect everyday life, people may not be thinking about blood donation, but blood and platelets are needed daily to help patients battling disease and facing the unexpected,” said LISA MACALUSO, Regional Donor Services Executive for the Red Cross. “That’s why this partnership is so crucial for this summer.”
Year-round, the Orioles focus their philanthropic efforts on two distinct pillars: Strengthening Our Community and Empowering Our Youth. In times of crisis, the Orioles aim to bring visibility to resources that community members need most. For more information on community resources in Baltimore, please visit Orioles.com/CommunityResources.