Leesburg to Host Blood Drives

The City of Leesburg will host two events in July to help meet the increasing summer demand for blood donations throughout Central Florida.

OneBlood, formerly known as Florida’s Blood Centers, will be part of Leesburg’s annual Fourth of July celebration at Venetian Gardens, 201 E. Dixie Ave. The Big Red Bus will park from 3 to 8 p.m. just outside the entrance to Pat Thomas Stadium, where the Leesburg Lightning baseball team will compete against the Hope 4 Heroes team at 6 p.m. A concert with bluesman Bobby Blackmon will be at 6 p.m., and fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m.

Blood donors will receive two free Fandango movie tickets redeemable online as well as a $5 coupon toward any two entrees at Outback Steakhouse and another coupon for a Chick-fil-A sandwich.

Donate blood two times between June 1 and Sept. 30 and receive a free steak dinner courtesy of Outback. All donors will be entered into a drawing to win Outback meals for a year. ALYX donors (double red cells) receive a $10 gift card, by mail.

OneBlood will return from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 23 for a new donation event at the Leesburg Public Library, 100 E. Main St. 

Guitarist Tom LaVenia will perform at the library at 2 p.m. LaVenia has played his warm, romantic, jazzy solo guitar from Florida to New York, coast to coast, in some of the finest resorts, hotels and restaurants. His repertoire includes the great American standards, famous Latin pieces and tasteful pop tunes.

Photo identification is required for donations. Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds or more. Make sure to drink plenty of fluids prior to donation.

A single blood donation can help to save the lives of up to three people. Most donations are supplied to local hospitals and medical facilities within two to three days. Some blood also can assist rescue efforts from natural disasters and other emergencies around the country.

For more information, contact OneBlood at (352) 728-1223 or visit www.floridasbloodcenters.org.

Leesburg is a progressive city of more than 20,000 residents in northwest Lake County. The city government serves twice as many people with its electric, gas, water, wastewater and fiber-optic public utilities. Leesburg also is a central hub for commerce, attracting 50,000 people to work each weekday.