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Battle of the Badges Blood Drive at DCU Center Draws Record 221 Units of Blood

August 3, 2018 - ECHL (ECHL) - Worcester Railers HC News Release

Worcester, MA - The Worcester Railers Hockey Club (@RailersHC), proud ECHL (@ECHL) affiliate of the New York Islanders (@NYIslanders), in conjunction with the American Red Cross, is excited to report that 221 units of blood were donated during the annual Battle of the Badges Blood Drive, which was held on Thursday, August 2, at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA.

The 221 units of blood collected was one of the largest single-day blood drives in all of Massachusetts, and the largest ever collected in the city of Worcester. The 221 units will save 663 lives.

In the second annual Battle of the Badges, where donors were given a vote to cast in honor of the Worcester Police Department or Worcester Fire Department, the Worcester Police Department defeated the Worcester Fire Department 135 to 121 to capture the Battle of the Badges trophy. The Worcester Police Department will donate $1,500 to the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester, courtesy of the Worcester Railers HC Foundation. In addition, the Worcester Railers will wear a specialty Worcester Police jersey for their Guns N' Hoses game on November 3 in honor of the police department winning.

"The Railers are thrilled for another great showing at Battle of the Badges," said Railers HC president Michael G. Myers. "I would like to thank all of the donors that came out to participate and congratulate the Worcester Police Department for taking home the trophy for a second year in a row. The Railers HC Foundation is happy to again make a donation to the Worcester Boys & Girls club in their honor. We look forward to wearing the Worcester Police blue on Nov 3 for our Guns N' Hoses game."

"We would like to thank the donors and all the sponsors for making the Battle of the Badges Blood Drive a huge success again this year," said Worcester Police Chief Steven M. Sargent. "Kudos to the Worcester Fire Department for an excellent showing. We look forward to seeing the Railers wear the Worcester Police blue at their Guns N' Hoses game on November 3 at the DCU Center to raise more money for local charities."

Along with the Worcester Railers HC, the Worcester Police Department, Worcester Fire Department, Charter TV3, DCU Center, and Massachusetts Pirates were sponsors of the second annual Battle of the Badges blood drive.

"The American Red Cross is once again humbled by the support of the community, as well as our partners, the Worcester Police Department, Worcester Fire Department, Charter TV3, the Worcester Railers HC and the DCU Center," said Kelly Isenor, external communications manager for the Massachusetts Blood Services Region. "Those 221 units of donated blood are crucial to keeping the blood supply sufficient to meet hospital demands, here in Worcester and around the state."

All donors received a free ticket to the Big E and the first 100 donors received a ticket to the Massachusetts Pirates game on Saturday, August 4 at the DCU Center. For more information about the American Red Cross visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

The Worcester Railers HC 2018-19 home opener at the DCU Center is Saturday, October 20 vs. the Maine Mariners. The only way to secure your spot to opening night is by purchasing a season membership, flex package or a group outing by contacting the Railers HC front office at 508-365-1750 or by visiting www.RailersHC.com.


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