CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon's fourth annual Civil War Blood Drive, pitting Oregon State University against the University of Oregon in statewide competition to benefit thousands of Pacific Northwest residents, runs Nov. 1-16.
Everyone has the opportunity to donate blood on behalf of their team at any blood drive across the state. The friendly competition is held leading up to the annual Civil War football game between the Oregon State University Beavers and the University of Oregon Ducks and is focused on increasing blood donations as well as raising awareness of the constant need for blood in the region.
"Ducks and Beavers share a common trait - all of us care about this great state and our fellow Oregonians," said Jeff Todd, OSU director of Alumni Relations. "The Civil War Blood Drive is just one example of how alumni of both universities can, and do, make a positive difference, while also engaging in some friendly, yet highly productive competition."
Bill Moos, University of Oregon director of athletics, said the competition gives fans a real opportunity to save a life.
"As always, Duck fans will play an important role in the Civil War game this year," Moos said. "I hope our fans will also support the annual Civil War Blood Drive, which not only gives fans the opportunity to donate blood and save a life, but also mixes in some friendly competition with the Beavers."
The UO Ducks won the first year of the blood drive competition, while the OSU Beavers won in the last two years. Last year, 4,059 Beaver fans participated, and 3,095 Oregon fans for a total of 7,154 participants. The tally is the actual count for all participants, including those who attended a blood drive and were deferred.
The event is sponsored by the OSU Alumni Association and the UO Alumni Association. Donors can call 800-448-3543 to schedule a donation at a public drive or fixed donation site, or in Lane County, 541-484-9111.
The university with the most donors by Nov. 16 will be honored as the "Civil War Blood Drive Champion" at the Civil War Football game on Nov. 19 in Eugene.
Lane Memorial Blood Bank has scheduled blood drives Nov. 7-11 at UO, while the American Red Cross has scheduled a four-day drive, Nov. 7-10, at OSU.
The Civil War Blood Drive was honored with an Award of Merit from AABB, formerly the American Association of Blood Banks this year.
Awards of Merit are presented annually by AABB to groups and individuals who have made significant contributions to blood banking at the local level. The Civil War Blood Drive won in the Education Category. This category includes high schools, vocational schools, colleges, universities and other educational facilities with outstanding participation in blood drives and a general support of blood banking within the community.