Source: T-Squared Productions
Date: June 29, 2005
Spokane, Washington - As the racing season hits it's mid-season stride the
Inland Northwest Blood Center of Spokane, WA and Coeur D'Alene, ID are
having their once-a-year blood drive, Wednesday June 29th-Friday July 1st.
This years theme of Race in to Give Blood will look to draw a crowd of
motorsports enthusiasts and those new to racing and will have several
Northwest racecars on display.
At the Spokane location, on North Division Street, the #36 Washington Midget
Racing Association (WMRA) Speed Sport Report, Budweiser, and Pepsi sponsored
midget-style racecar will be on hand with 2001 WMRA Rookie of the Year
winner, Tony Villelli. "This is a terrific opportunity for the racing
community to give something back, but also provides us with a platform to
showcase our cars to a new audience. The part of racing that we never hope
for is a case where we need to get blood, but we realize the potential is
there. At least in this way we can feel like we are doing our part," said
Also on hand will be current Stateline Sprint Car Rookie of the Year leader,
Tony Berry as well as co-host of the weekly radio show on the Speed Sport
Report, Ken Spatz. "I've always felt a responsibility to be civically minded
because of all the opportunities that we get as racers. This is a terrific
way to not only give back, but hopefully draw some fans in to the location
and encourage them to give to this great cause as well," commented Berry.
At the Coeur D'Alene, ID location there will be the #28 Inland Northwest
Super Stock Association (INSSA) Late Model driven by Spokane's Ross Cooper.
Cooper and the Water Garden's by Ben late model currently sit in the top-15
in INSSA points after four races on the season. "It's a great thing that the
Inland Northwest Blood Center does for the community and I appreciate the
opportunity to help out in this manner," said Cooper.
This annual event is aimed at making sure blood products are available
during the busy Fourth of July holiday and early days of summer. Donations
tend to drop as donors get busy with summer activities. High schools and
colleges are also out of session, the largest area from which the region?s
blood supply is provided. Further complicating matters, the usage of blood
in local hospitals has a potential to increase during the summer months as
people are more active. INBC's goal is to have over 800 blood donors attend
this fun yet lifesaving event. The Inland Northwest Blood Center is a 501(c)
(3), not-for-profit community service organization.
The Race in to Give Blood Community Blood-drive will end this Friday. Be
sure to stop by and check out the racecars, say hello to friends, and donate
to this great cause!
The two locations are:
210 W. Cataldo Avenue
Spokane, WA 99201
Inland Northwest Blood Center - North Idaho
1341 Northwood Center Court
Coeur D'Alene, ID 83814
For more information call the Inland Northwest Blood Center at (800)
423-0151 or visit www.inbc2.org