Saratoga Casino Hotel to Host Blood Drive with the American Red Cross amid National Blood Shortage

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY (Monday, January 23, 2017) –
Saratoga Casino Hotel is teaming up with the American Red Cross to host a Blood Drive on Monday, January 30. Members of the local community are urged to join dozens of Saratoga Casino Hotel team members to give blood on Monday, January 30 from noon to 6pm inside the hotel ballroom.  

The blood drive comes as the Red Cross is experiencing a severe winter blood shortage, as they recently issued an emergency call to donors to give now, so patients can continue receiving the lifesaving treatments they need. Right now, blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in.

 “There is a serious need for blood and platelet donors immediately,” remarked Patty Corvaia, Communications Manager for the New York – Penn Blood Services Region. “Donations are needed now to meet the needs of hospital patients and in the coming days and weeks. If you’ve ever considered giving blood and helping to save lives, now is the time to do it.”

To date, Saratoga Casino Hotel has collected over 1,000 blood donations at their biannual blood drives. The collections have gone on to directly help over 3,000 patients in need.

“Our team members and community always respond with tremendous generosity to our blood drives,” said Tom Wiedmayer, General Manager at Saratoga Casino Hotel. “We consider ourselves lucky to be in the position to act as a donation site for the Red Cross as we try and help them out during their shortage.”

All presenting donors at this year’s Blood Drive will receive a $5 Dunkin’ Donuts Gift Card and a $10 voucher to Perks Café, located in the hotel lobby. Donors are encouraged to make an appointment prior to the January 30 Blood Drive. To schedule a time, call 518-581-5774 or visit


About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.


About Saratoga Casino Hotel

Saratoga Casino Hotel, located on Crescent Avenue in Saratoga Springs, NY, features over 1,700 slots, electronic table games, Vapor, two full-service restaurants with buffets, a casual dining restaurant, three full-service bars, deli and a variety of guest services including valet parking and coat check. The all-new 117-room luxury hotel featuring Morton’s® The Steakhouse is now open. Reservations are available now at Operating hours for the gaming facility are 9 a.m. to 5 a.m. every day. Simulcast races can be viewed seven days a week and live harness racing runs February through mid-December. For a full racing schedule and additional information, please visit or call 800-727-2990. Must be 18 years of age or older to play video gaming machines or wager on horses.  Please play responsibly.


Media Contacts:

Tom Engle

Media Specialist

(518) 581-5730


Patty Corvaia

Communications Manager – NY-Penn Blood Services Region

(518) 819-1840

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