All presenting donors will receive a voucher for two complimentary tickets to a 2023-2024 regular season New York Islanders home game.

New York Blood Center (NYBC) is partnering with the New York Islanders for their annual blood drive on January 16th from 1:30pm to 6:00pm at UBS Arena (2400 Hempstead Turnpike, Hempstead, NY 11003) in the Acrisure Great Hall. All presenting donors will receive a voucher for two complimentary tickets to a 2023-2024 regular season New York Islanders home game. The New York Islanders have been a longtime supporter of NYBC as the team has been hosting blood drives since 2000 and these blood drives have resulted in a total of 2,195 blood donations thus far. This event will be the 22nd blood drive the hockey team has hosted with NYBC to help save lives in the region. 

January, which is National Blood Donor Month, is always a difficult time to collect blood donations, as school breaks, family vacations, holiday travel and cold weather all contribute to making blood donations less of a priority. Additionally, NYBC has seen a 25% drop in donations in the last three weeks, resulting in 5,000 fewer donations and prompting a blood emergency declaration. 

The New York Islanders are asking that all media RSVP a minimum of 24 hours in advance. Media will not be able to enter the blood drive without prior authorization.  


  • NYBC Representatives 

  • Sparky the Dragon (NY Islanders Mascot)                   

WHEN: January 16, 2024 at 1:30pm – 6:00pm 

WHERE: UBS Arena, Acrisure Great Hall, 2400 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont, NY 11003

About New York Blood Center: Founded in 1964, New York Blood Center (NYBC) is a nonprofit organization that is one of the largest independent, community-based blood centers in the world. NYBC, along with its operating divisions Community Blood Center of Kansas City, Missouri (CBC), Innovative Blood Resources (IBR), Blood Bank of Delmarva (BBD), and Rhode Island Blood Center (RIBC), collect approximately 4,000 units of blood products each day and serve local communities of more than 75 million people in the Tri-State area (NY, NJ, CT), Mid Atlantic area (PA, DE, MD, VA), Missouri and Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, Rhode Island, and Southern New England. NYBC and its operating divisions also provide a wide array of transfusion-related medical services to over 500 hospitals nationally, including Comprehensive Cell Solutions, the National Center for Blood Group Genomics, the National Cord Blood Program, and the Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute, which — among other milestones — developed a practical screening method for hepatitis B as well as a safe, effective and affordable vaccine, and a patented solvent detergent plasma process innovating blood-purification technology worldwide. 


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