Donate Blood While Scoring Free Prizes and Meeting Sports Players

This huge annual blood drive takes place in Sterling on Saturday.

(Credit: Washington Capitals)
(Credit: Washington Capitals)

Inova Blood Services is throwing a summer block party on Saturday, and you’re invited.

From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on July 20, Inova will host a blood drive event at their office in the Dulles Town Center, located at 45745 Nokes Blvd, Suite 160 in Sterling.

The event will feature appearances from former Washington Capitals players, and include giveaways such as hockey t-shirts, drawstring backpacks, a signed Steve Olesky player card and more.

Donors will have the chance to meet Capitals alumni and left-wings Paul Mulvey and Errol Rausse. Rausse played with the team from 1979-1983 and Mulvey played with the team from 1978-1981.

Summer is one of the most difficult times for blood donations, said Rebecca Manarchuck, marketing manager for Inova Blood Donor Services - but the block party attracts a sizable number of donors and their families. 

Manarchuck estimates around 500 donors have registered for the event every year for the past three years. 

Food truck vendors will also be on site providing snacks and refreshments - and karaoke! - to blood donors, including: 

All interested blood donors are asked to bring a photo ID with them and to allow at least an hour for the donation period.

Click here for a schedule of available donation appointment times.

Appointments can also be scheduled by calling 1-866-BLOODSAVES (1-866-256-6372).

For more information, visit www.inova.org/donateblood.

Have you attended this event before? Do all the 'perks' they're offering make you more likely to sign up? Tell us in the comments.


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