11th Annual I Bleed For Preston & Steve Blood Drive
June 23, 2016
93.3 WMMR listeners showed up in record amounts to help save lives at one of the times the American Red Cross needs it the most as summer sets in, schools let out, and families begin vacations plans.
WMMR and the Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross combined efforts to collect 1,297 units of blood on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at Valley Forge Casino Resort- the largest blood drive in the PA, NJ, DE region. Each donation has the potential to save 3 lives.
Preston Elliot and Steve Morrison were the first to donate at 6:00am. They hung out after giving blood to greet every person until the final donor left at 4:30pm. Each donor left with the newest Preston & Steve t-shirt and a ‘Gadzooks!’ pint glass (a popular catch-phrase from the show). 600 random donors left with a pair of tickets to one of the six Summer Rock Concerts contributed by Live Nation. Preston & Steve Show members Caseyboy, Kathy Romano, Nick McIlwain and Marisa Magnatta greeted donors as they arrived and prepared to give blood. Even WMMR’s Pierre Robert popped in to thank donors for their act of kindness.
Local businesses also chipped in. In addition to Window Nation supplying the Gadzooks pint glasses, Rita’s Water Ice of Huntingdon Valley and Willow Grove served free Rita’s Water Ice, including one of their newer flavors- Blood Orange. Valley Forge Casino Resort handed out free Beach Tags for donors over 21 to enjoy a day at Valley Beach Poolside Club. Paint-a-Treasure Studios from Haddon Heights, NJ kept kids busy with free ceramic crafts and painting while parents gave blood. Aim High Studio from the Fairview Village/Collegeville, PA area kept the youth busy with some kids’ yoga, hula hoops and games.
The 11 year total for The Preston & Steve Show Blood Drive is now 12,605 pints of blood.