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GreenJackets to Host Blood Drive on May 17th with Shepeard Community Blood Center

May 15, 2014

AUGUSTA, GA - The Augusta GreenJackets announced today that they will be hosting the Shepeard Community Blood Drive as a part the home game at Lake Olmstead Stadium vs. the Greensboro Grasshoppers on Saturday, May 17th with first pitch at 7pm. The Community Blood Center will be outside the main stadium gates receiving donations between 6 PM and 9 PM to help those in need around the CSRA.

"As your community blood bank, and the contracted provider of blood and blood products to 20 local hospitals, including GR Health, and the regional burn center, Shepeard must collect 144 units each day to meet the needs of local patients", said Greg Bearden, Assistant Director of Community Resources. "We are grateful to sponsors like the Augusta GreenJackets and our faithful family of donors who are helping us reach this goal to save local lives."

This will be the second time Shepeard Community Blood Center has come to Lake Olmstead Stadium. Back in March, the Center came to BuzzFest and had a respectable turnout. The Center will be coming back to Lake Olmstead four more times throughout the season. 

"Shepeard Blood Center is not only an important part of the community but a great organization to work with," said GreenJackets GM Tom Denlinger. "With our commitment to the CSRA it is our pleasure to host a blood drive at the ballpark and tie in with great partners like Shepeard Blood Center and GR Health!" 

Georgia Regents Medical Center, who works closely with Shepeard Community Blood Center, will also be at the game. The first 1,000 fans inside the stadium will receive a visor courtesy of GR Health. Fans who donate blood at the Community Blood Center will receive a FREE ticket to Shepeard Blood Center Night with the GreenJackets on June 6th. Plus kids 12 and under can run the bases after the game.  

For more information about Shepeard Community Blood Center, how to donate blood or get involved click here.  

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