Fourht Annual S&S Tire Charity Challenge Features 41 Nonprofits April 29, 2010

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Forty-one Kentucky charities will recruit blood donors in the hopes of winning cash during the third annual S&S Tire Blood Donor Charity Challenge, which runs May 1-31.

S&S Tire, the title sponsor again this year, will award a total of $15,000 in cash to the top six charities that recruit the most blood donors.

The competition is regionalized within the Kentucky Blood Center service area. There will be a winner and runner-up from three regions: Lexington, Pikeville and Somerset. Winners will receive $3,500 while the three regional runners-up will be awarded $1,500 each.

“We are incredibly grateful to S&S for giving us the opportunity to help one another with donations of time, blood and money,” said William S. Reed, KBC president and CEO.

Blood donations for charities can be made at any KBC donor center or blood drive location. Donors must state at the time of registration that they are giving blood for a specific charity.

The 2010 participating charities are:

Andy Adkins Memorial Scholarship Fund, Harlan
Appalachian SPCA, Pikeville
Big Sandy Area Child Advocacy Center
Blue Grass Council Boy Scouts of America, Lexington
Bob W. Brown House, Lexington
Brother’s Keepers Motorcycle Club, Lexington
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Lexington
Christian Appalachian Project, Mt. Vernon
Clay County Senior Center
Corbin Tri-County Relay for Life
East Side Free Will Baptist Church, River
Faith in Action: Elder Outreach, Lexington
FaithRunners (Focused Athletes Involved to Help), Paintsville
First Baptist Church, Mt. Vernon
First Christian Church, Richmond
Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council, Lexington
God’s Pantry Food Bank, Lexington
Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA), Hindman
Hospice of the Bluegrass, Lexington
International Book Project’s Books as Bridges, Lexington
Jessamine Christian Church
Lexington Habitat for Humanity
Lexington History Museum
Lexington Humane Society
Lexington Rescue Mission
Oak Hill Elementary Family Resource Center, Somerset
Relay for Life – University of Kentucky
Relay for Life of Casey County
Relay for Life of Fayette County
Relay for Life of Lee County
Relay for Life of Pulaski County
Relay for Life of Russell County
Relay for Life of Wayne County
Relay for Life of Whitley County
Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Bluegrass, Lexington
Scott County Family Resource Center
South Lexington Youth Baseball
Southside Elementary School, Versailles
St. Edward Church, Cynthiana
The Lighthouse Ministries, Lexington
White Hall Elementary School, Richmond

Blood donors must be 17 years old (16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds, be in general good health and meet additional requirements. Sixteen-year-old donors must have a signed parental permission slip, which can be found on the Kentucky Blood Center’s web site,

About Kentucky Blood Center

The Kentucky Blood Center, serving more than half of Kentucky’s counties, is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring a safe, adequate blood supply for patients at nearly 70 Kentucky hospitals and clinics. KBC relies on volunteers to collect 400 units of blood per day to meet area patients’ needs. Over the last year KBC distributed nearly 130,000 units of blood and blood products.