Combine a day full of live music. Throw in a somewhat unusual event name. Add lots of community support, and you get a fun new way to help save lives in our local community.
The Bloodapalooza 2014 blood drive presented by OneBlood, Gator Harley-Davidson and Lakefront TV will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at Gator Harley, 1745 U.S. Highway 441 in Leesburg.
The free event brings together local bands from around the area to perform throughout the day on Gator Harley’s outdoor stage. Umatilla-based Neon Truckers will headline performances with their high-energy version of favorite country tunes. Other performers include Liquor Boxx, Chris and Doug from Enajyram, Michael Hartman, Carlon Harbinson, and OneBlood’s own Paul Evans.
OneBlood will have Big Red Buses on site to accept donations as well as free hot dogs and refreshments.
Donors can sign up for prize raffles including clothes, hats and other gear from EA Sports - the award-winning developer of sports video games like Madden NFL and NBA Live. Donors also receive a limited edition Bloodapalooza T-shirt and a free gift bag for the first 100 donors including coupons from Anheuser-Busch and AL’S Landing restaurant.
Those who donate double red blood cells also get a $10 gift card through the mail for Darden restaurants such as Red Lobster, Bahama Breeze, Olive Garden and Longhorn Steakhouse. Blood donors also receive a free wellness checkup, which includes blood pressure, temperature, iron count, pulse and cholesterol screening.
“We understand the importance of blood donations, and our idea is to have the largest blood drive in Leesburg,” said John Malik, Jr. owner of Gator Harley-Davidson.
Donating blood is a simple and thoughtful way to help patients at area hospitals and medical facilities. The demand is high – on average, blood is needed every two seconds for people across the country. More than 41,000 blood donations are needed every day.
Photo identification is required. Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds or more. Make sure to drink plenty of fluids prior to donation. For more information, contact OneBlood at