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FBS is seeking vampires for blood drive
Florida Blood Services is hosting world premier of "The Vampire Diaries" at the Ritz Ybor on Thursday, Sept. 10
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ST. PETERSBURG - Calling all vampires: Florida Blood Services is hosting the world premiere of CW44’s new fall show, The Vampire Diaries on Thursday, Sept. 10, 8 p.m. at the Ritz Theatre in Ybor City.

It’s the final opportunity prior to the screening for local vampires to 'give back' to their community by donating a pint of their very best that day between noon and 8 p.m. at The Ritz Theatre, located at 1503 Seventh Ave. in Ybor City. Costumes are optional, but donors must have healthy, fresh and warm red blood.

Victims, or donors, receive two free tickets to the World Premiere of The Vampire Diaries at 8 p.m. that evening at The Ritz Ybor. More than 1,000 attendees are expected and tickets are scarce.

Two FBS bloodmobiles will be parked adjacent to the Ritz accepting blood donors until just about 8 p.m. Attendees can enjoy free pizza from Bobby V’s Original Westshore Pizza and one lucky attendee could win a four pack of tickets to Howl-O-Scream courtesy of Busch Gardens.

The month-long promotion culminates on Thursday when the house lights go down and the network premiere is shown on the big screen.

“We thought creating an event around the world premiere of The Vampire Diaries would allow Florida Blood Services to meet a group of young people who may not be routine blood donors. Statistically, the 18-24 year old population represents about 1/5th of donors nationwide. We’d like that to increase, as one donation could save three lives,” said Dan Eberts, corporate communications manager for Florida Blood Services.

Generally, healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can give blood. Identification is required prior to donation.

For more information, call 1-800-68-BLOOD (25663).

For those unable to donate blood, contributions may be mailed to Florida Blood Services Foundation, 10100 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street North, St. Petersburg, FL 33716, or submitted on-line at www.b­loodr­elief­.org.

Headquartered in St. Petersburg Florida, FBS provides over 350,000 blood donations to patients at 92 hospitals and other ambulatory healthcare facilities throughout 42 Florida, Georgia and Alabama counties, through the participation of volunteer donors.

Additional blood supply information is available at www.f­bsblo­od.or­g.
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