As part of the official kick off to National Blood Donor Month, the cast of Evil Dead: The Musical at V Theater inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino hosted a blood drive to benefit United Blood Services. Over the course of four hours, 53 total units were collected with 41 successful donations, more than doubling the original expectations for the event. All donors received a free pair of tickets to Evil Dead: The Musical and a comic book from MaximuM Comics.
"January is one of our most difficult months because donations tend to go down significantly during the holidays," said Paul Milakeve, donor recruitment manager for United Blood Services. "The blood that we raised with the help of the Evil Dead cast definitely helps to replenish our supply. We are grateful for the community members that came out to roll up their sleeves and be heroes."
Additional blood drives are being held throughout the month of January. For a full listing, visit www.unitedbloodservices.org.
Founded in 1963, United Blood Services of Las Vegas, a non-profit, 501 (c)(3) organization, provides blood and blood products for hospitals in Southern Nevada, California and Northern Arizona. Its programs exist to make a difference in people's lives by inspiring individuals to donate blood, producing a safe and ample blood supply, advancing cutting-edge research and embracing continuous quality improvement. The United Blood Services network is one of the nation's oldest and largest non-profit blood service organizations, and is a founding member of America's Blood Centers and the American Association of Blood Banks. Nationally, United Blood Services serves more than 500 hospitals in 18 states, contributing to more than 25 million people. For more information, visit www.unitedbloodservices.org
Evil Dead: The Musical is a unique production that combines multimedia, live performance, audience participation and 4D elements to take audience members into its world. From undead ushers to blood spraying out into the audience, this musical comedy is bringing a new type of entertainment to the Vegas Strip, and the people behind it are determined to make a lasting impression. Performances can be seen at the V Theater inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino every Friday at 10 p.m. and Saturday at 11:30 p.m.
Pictured: (top) Ash, hero in Evil Dead: The Musical, preparing to donate blood to United Blood Services. (side) Sirc Michaels, producer of Evil Dead: The Musical, donating blood to United Blood Services.