Three Charities, Kentucky Patients are Winners in Charity Challenge July 10, 2008

S&S Tire Blood Donor Charity Challenge Took Place June 1-30

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Three Fayette County charities took top honors in a month-long competition to recruit blood donors and will be rewarded financially for their efforts. Kentucky patients needing transfusions are also winners.

The American Cancer Society Fayette Chapter, Hospice of the Bluegrass and Habitat for Humanity finished first, second and third, respectively, in the S&S Tire Blood Donor Charity Challenge, which concluded June 30.

Kentucky charities put out their arms, not their hands, in hopes of earning money for their causes. Sixty-three charities competed for $10,000 in prize money by recruiting blood donors during the inaugural S&S Tire Blood Donor Charity Challenge June 1-30.

S&S Tire will award a total of $10,000 in cash ($6,500, $2,500 and $1,000) to the top three charities at an awards presentation at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 11 at Kentucky Blood Center, 3121 Beaumont Centre Circle.

Blood center officials acknowledge the unusual recruitment plan has had an impact.

“We thank S&S for supporting us this summer,” said KBC spokesperson Jim Tinker.  “With their generosity – and the help of the charities recruiting donors – we have not had to go into an appeal for blood as many other blood centers have had to do. There was a lot of good spirited competition in June, which has benefited Kentucky patients.”

The Kentucky Blood Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring a safe, adequate blood supply for 67 Kentucky hospitals and clinics thanks to generous blood donors in more than 60 Kentucky counties.