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SEA LIFE Aquarium Hosts Red Cross Blood Drive, Offers Free Admission to Donors #SeaLife

SEA LIFE Aquarium seeks donors to make waves and save lives at blood drive on July 10
Free admission to aquarium for all presenting donors

CONCORD, N.C. (June 29, 2015) —SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium (SEA LIFE) is hosting its second annual American Red Cross blood drive on Friday, July 10 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Concord Mills. All presenting blood donors will receive a free Red Cross T-shirt, a regular admission ticket to SEA LIFE and a $10 Visa gift card, courtesy of Suburban Propane, while supplies last.  
“Partnering with the Red Cross for our second blood drive is a great opportunity for SEA LIFE to help give back to the local community,” said Dalia Goldgor, general manager at SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord. “Last year’s event was a huge success for both SEA LIFE and the Red Cross, and we hope to welcome lots of donors through our doors again this year.”
The community can make an impact for patients in need this summer and help send worries of a summer blood shortage out with the tide. Vacations and summer activities often result in a decline in blood donations during the summer.
During the months of June, July and August, approximately two fewer donors schedule an appointment to give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need. This can add up to more than 100,000 fewer donations during the summer. This seasonal challenge can be overcome if just two people above what’s expected give blood at each drive this summer.

Donate blood at Sea Life Charlotte-Concord Aquarium:

Friday, July 10
10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Concord Mills, Entrance 7
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC 28027

To schedule an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code Sea Life, call 1-800-RED CROSS or download the Red Cross Blood Donor App available through the App StoreSM and Google PlayTM.
As a national network, the Red Cross has a unique responsibility to help ensure blood is available for patients whenever and wherever it is needed. Donations through the Red Cross could help patients at local hospitals or help those who must travel outside the area for medical treatment. There is no substitute for blood and volunteer donors are the only source.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. 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 (16 with parental consent in some states), 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.
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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
About SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord is a 26,000-square-foot indoor aquarium with another 10,000 square feet planned for future expansion. This one-of-a-kind attraction allows visitors to experience the magical world beneath our seas with marine habitats, displays, and close encounters with thousands of sea creatures. SEA LIFE provides a glimpse of the diversity of marine life while also playing an active role in animal and environmental conservation. Visitors see strong evidence of SEA LIFE’s Breed, Rescue and Protect activities around the world, including new projects developed locally.
SEA LIFE is the world’s largest aquarium chain with over 45 attractions around the world. SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord is the sixth SEA LIFE aquarium launched in the U.S. and parent company Merlin Entertainments’ 100th attraction worldwide. SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord is located at Concord Mills, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd. in Concord, NC. For more information, visit www.visitsealife.com/charlotte-concord.

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