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Conquest and CDT to host Donor Day at Saturday's game

May 4, 2004 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Albany Firebirds News Release

Albany, N.Y. May 4, 2004 – The Albany Conquest and the Center for Donation and Transplant will host a “Donor Day” awareness event at the Conquest’s home game against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers at 7 p.m. on Saturday (May 8) at the Pepsi Arena in Albany, N.Y. The game will also feature a halftime and post-game concert by the Burners UK.

“We are honored to be associated with an organization that has saved countless lives by helping people in need of organ transplants,” said Albany Conquest General Manager Robert Zeig. “We hope that Saturday’s game will help to build increased awareness for the Center for Donation and Transplant,” Zeig added.

The Center for Donation & Transplant (CDT) is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing organ and tissue donation. The Center for Donation and Transplant (CDT) coordinates the retrieval of donor organs and tissue at more than 48 hospitals throughout eastern New York state and western Vermont. CDT was established in 1972 and is one of 59 federally designated organ procurement organizations in the United States.

“We are excited to partner with the Conquest,” said Lauren Bould, public relations specialist for CDT. “With 84,000 people awaiting organ transplant, it is important to get the word out to an audience that is family oriented, such as the audience that attends Conquest games at the Pepsi Arena. We encourage families to talk with each other about their wishes regarding donation,” Bould added.

As part of “Donor Day,” guests of CDT will receive a discounted ticket rate of $10 per ticket ($2.00 off Box Office price), join CDT at the Conquest pre-game tailgate party on Pearl Street in front of the Pepsi Arena beginning at 5 p.m., a free Donor Awareness T-Shirt, and VIP access to the post-game autograph session with Conquest players and Sunsations Treasures Dance Team members.

Prior to kickoff at 7 p.m., CDT donor recipients and recipients in waiting will take part in pre-game festivities, including the coin toss and a ceremonial football presentation at midfield. Present at the coin toss will be 11-year old Joey Reilly, who is currently awaiting a liver transplant.

All Conquest games can be heard live on 104.5 The Buzz (WABT). This Saturday ’s game can be seen on tape delay on UPN Capital Region at Noon and 11 p.m. on Sunday.

Albany Conquest fans can purchase tickets, including a new “Pick 4 Ticket Package with Bon Jovi,” at the Pepsi Arena box office, by visiting www.albanyconquest.com or by calling 518-487-2081 or 518-487-2085. In addition, individual game tickets can be purchased through TicketMaster by calling 518-476-1000. The Pick 4 Ticket Package offers fans the ability to select four of the Conquest’s remaining six home games, including the July 23rd game featuring a special one-hour performance by Bon Jovi.

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