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Black Bear Casino Resort hosts successful blood drive

Black Bear Casino Resort, as part of its commitment to the community, partnered with Memorial Blood Centers on Wednesday, Feb. 6, to host a blood drive to serve the community and save lives.

Black Bear Casino Resort, as part of its commitment to the community, partnered with Memorial Blood Centers on Wednesday, Feb. 6, to host a blood drive to serve the community and save lives.

Every year, more than 1,500 companies and organizations partner with Memorial Blood Centers to sponsor blood drives. This is the first year Black Bear Casino Resort has hosted a blood drive, and 24 of the 27 donors were first-time participants.

Memorial Blood Centers is a nationally known, locally operated, nonprofit community blood center that serves more than 30 hospitals in the Twin Cities metro area, northern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin.

Each week, Memorial Blood Centers need the support of more than 2,400 donors to adequately supply blood to area hospitals. Since less than seven percent of the population donates blood on a regular basis, Black Bear's commitment is vital for local patients.

"We are really proud of the way our employees supported the blood drive effort in its first time at the Bear" said Rocky Wilkinson, Black Bear Casino Resort marketing manager. "Donating blood helps so many people; we are honored to be part of this life saving effort."

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