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Sabres to host community blood drive for Unyts on Feb. 13

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Thu, Feb 9th 2017 07:00 am

Fans encouraged to give blood at KeyBank Center to benefit Western New York community

The Buffalo Sabres will join Unyts to host a community blood drive from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, in the Lexus Club at KeyBank Center. Presenting donors are welcome to walk in or make an appointment for a prearranged time. Complimentary parking will be available in the attached HarborCenter parking ramp.

All donors will have the opportunity to greet Sabres alumni and Sabretooth throughout the event. Presenting donors will also be eligible for a Sabres ticket raffle, in which Unyts will raffle off 500 tickets to upcoming Sabres games. Any donor who refers a friend will receive the opportunity to join Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma for a guided tour of KeyBank Center at a later date.

"Unyts is the primary supplier of blood products for over 60 percent of the WNY community, and it is our responsibility to ensure that there is locally donated product to help save local lives every day," said Mark J. Simon, president and CEO of Unyts. "We are honored to call the Buffalo Sabres a partner in furthering the 'Gift of Life,' and we look forward to working with them on Feb. 13."

Any interested donors who are unable to attend the KeyBank Center event are encouraged to donate at any Unyts Neighborhood Donation Center. Community members who donate between Saturday, Feb. 11, and Thursday, Feb. 16, will also be eligible for the ticket giveaway and "refer-a-friend" opportunities. To make an appointment, call 716-512-7940 or visit www.unyts.org/TeamUnyts. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Donors should bring their photo ID and must be 17 years of age or older. Those 16 years of age may donate blood with parental consent.

Unyts is among the leading organ procurement organizations in the U.S., and is one of only eight centers nationwide to house organ, eye, tissue and eye procurement in one location. With the addition of the community blood service in 2007, Unyts became the only organization of its kind nationwide. It works to assist donor families, coordinate the donation process and increase knowledge and awareness regarding organ, eye, tissue and blood donation across WNY.

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