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Red Cross celebrates a century of serving Tennessee by hosting 100th centennial blood drive with DVL Seigenthaler

RedCrossCommunity encouraged to give blood in honor of centennial celebration and Red Cross Month

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 16, 2017) — March is Red Cross Month. The American Red Cross is celebrating by partnering with DVL Seigenthaler to encourage the community to give blood or host a blood drive to commemorate 100 years of compassionate service to the residents of Tennessee. From disaster response, health and safety classes, to blood collection and support of military members and their families, the Red Cross has served the needs of the Tennessee region for a century.

To add to the celebration, DVL Seigenthaler is hosting a centennial celebration blood drive on Thursday, March 30 from 9:15 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. at the Nashville Red Cross Donor Center, 2201 Charlotte Ave. in Nashville.

“DVL Seigenthaler is committed to strengthening our community and helping meet hospital and patient needs through blood donations,” said Ronald Roberts, DVL Seigenthaler managing partner and CEO. “This blood drive is our way of giving DVL Seigenthaler staff an opportunity to help save lives.”

In addition to helping save lives and honoring a century of service in Tennessee, the DVL Seigenthaler blood drive also honors Red Cross Month. Since 1943, every U.S. president has designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the Red Cross helps people down the street, across the country and around the world. The DVL Seigenthaler blood drive is an opportunity to encourage all eligible donors to join in the Red Cross lifesaving mission by giving blood.

“This milestone is a major building block in an organization where dedicated Tennesseans have been at the foundation of its achievement,” said Mario Sedlock, director of donor recruitment for the American Red Cross Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region. “We appreciate DVL Seigenthaler for graciously hosting a blood drive and rolling up a sleeve to bring awareness to the constant need for blood.”

The Red Cross must collect nearly 14,000 blood and platelet donations every day for the patients at about 2,600 hospitals nationwide. Blood donated at the blood drive may help many patients in need, including accident victims, cancer patients and those undergoing surgery.

“We urge our fellow business community members to schedule a blood drive at the Red Cross donor center,” said Roberts. “There’s no better feeling than knowing that your blood donation may give someone a second chance at life.”

How to donate blood
Schedule an appointment by calling 1-800-RED CROSS, downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App or visiting redcrossblood.org. Walk-ins are welcome. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

About DVL Seigenthaler:
DVL Seigenthaler, a Finn Partners Company, is the largest public relations and advertising agency in Tennessee. As part of a global company, DVL Seigenthaler’s talented public relations, marketing, advertising, creative and digital professionals provide local, regional and national clients with exceptional reach and results. DVL Seigenthaler has particular industry expertise in the healthcare, consumer products and services, tech, education, professional and financial services, environmental, and transportation sectors. Please visit us at DVLSeigenthaler.com.

About Finn Partners, Inc.:
Finn Partners was launched in late 2011 to realize Peter Finn’s vision to create a leading communications agency dedicated to shaping a bold new future in which innovation and partnership are strong brand drivers. Finn Partners specializes in the full spectrum of marketing and public relations services, including digital and social media. Practice areas include arts, consumer, CSR and social impact, education, financial services, health, technology and travel & lifestyle.

Since its inception four years ago, Finn Partners has received six agency awards that are indicators of client and cultural leadership: “Best Midsize Agency” in 2015, “Best Agency to Work For” in 2013 and “Best New Agency” in 2012 from the Holmes Report and “Midsize PR Firm of the Year” in 2015 and “Top Places to Work in PR” in 2013 from PR News. Headquartered in New York City, the company has approximately 550 employees, with offices in Chicago, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Jerusalem, London, Los Angeles, Munich, Nashville, Paris, Portland, San Francisco and Washington D.C., and offers international capabilities through its own global network and PROI Worldwide. Find us at www.finnpartners.com and follow us on Twitter @finnpartners.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.