Union, American Red Cross Team Up

Club seeking donors for July 24 blood drive

CHESTER, Pa. (July 1,
Philadelphia Union has teamed with the American Red Cross in an effort to help save

partnership is designed to raise awareness of the importance of donating
blood.  Each year, over four
million people donate blood through the Red Cross, making it the country’s
leading provider of lifesaving blood and blood products.  Philadelphia Union are doing their part
by hosting a blood drive on July 24, 2010 at the team’s brand new stadium, PPL

happy to team with the American Red Cross in this important cause,” says
Philadelphia Union President Tom Veit. 
“We know that the Union fans will come out in force to show how the most
passionate fan base in MLS can help save lives by donating blood.”   

help generate awareness for the blood drive, the American Red Cross will be the
title sponsor of the Philadelphia Union’s July 10, 2010 match verse San Jose
Earthquakes, where all fans will receive a commemorative poster of the first
game at PPL Park.

thank the Philadelphia Union for helping to save lives in the community and
hope to turn many fans into life-saving blood donors,” said Brigid
O'Neill-LaGier, Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross Penn-Jersey
Blood Services Region. “The upcoming blood drive on July 24th is vitally
important to build a supply of blood that will help safeguard against a summer
blood shortage.”

donors at the Blood Drive will receive a commemorative, special edition
Union/Red Cross scarf, a chance to take a photo with the ball used by Sebastien
Le Toux to score the first goal in franchise history, tours of the Union’s new
home and more.  

will be limited and donors must register in advance by going to
redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS
to make their appointment.   


Keystone Sports and Entertainment,
LLC, is the Philadelphia Union ownership group.  It is comprised of
Chairman/Owner Jay Sugarman, CEO and Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz,
Christopher and Robert Buccini and David Pollin, founding partners of The
Buccini/Pollin Group, Swarthmore Group’s Jim Nevels (Chairman) and Paula Mandle (CEO), and
Philadelphia attorney William Doran.  For more information about
Philadelphia Union, visit


Blood drives are held seven days a week in
communities across the region.
To make an immediate appointment for an
American Red Cross blood drive this week, please visit
redcrossblood.org or call
1-800-RED CROSS, to find a listing of community blood drives.  Individuals who are 17 years of age (16
with parental permission in PA and NJ), meet weight and height requirements
(110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good
health may be eligible to donate blood.  Please bring your Red Cross blood
donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.