With the local blood supply at a recent low in the New York area, Empire City Casino by MGM Resorts (Empire City) has once again partnered with the New York Blood Center (NYBC) to host a blood drive. Community Blood on June 22 in Empire City. Casino. Elected officials from the Bronx and Westchester have also backed the cause, including Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Senses. Alessandra Biaggi and Shelley Mayer, as well as State Assembly members Michael Benedetto, Yudelka Tapia and Nader Sayegh.
As the region struggles to recover from a blood shortage emergency, the annual blood drive was an opportunity to raise awareness of the vital need for regular blood donations. The workout was a collaboration between Empire City Casino and local elected officials. Located less than two miles from the Bronx border, Empire City has long been a major employer for Bronx residents, in addition to being a popular entertainment destination for borough residents. The participation of Bronx residents was critical to the success of the blood drive which collected lifesaving donations from nearly 50 participants, which were delivered to area hospitals within 24 to 48 hours for use by patients.
“The reason for donating blood is simple, it helps save lives,” Stewart-Cousins said. “That’s why this annual blood drive by Empire City Casino and the New York Blood Center is so important.”
“As a result of the pandemic, access to blood donations has become increasingly difficult,” Biaggi said. “Now more than ever, donating blood can make all the difference in saving lives. I would like to thank the New York Blood Center and Empire City Casino for organizing and hosting this blood drive to ensure that we increase New York’s blood supply and support New Yorkers in need.
MGM Resorts acquired Empire City Casino in January 2019 and brought its strong commitment to corporate social responsibility to New York. Through this commitment, Empire City continues to meet the critical need for donor participation through an annual blood drive. The New York Blood Center currently only has a two to three day blood supply, which is well below what local hospitals typically need to treat patients ranging from trauma victims, newborns and their mothers to cancer patients and beyond. .
“Volunteering and philanthropy are deeply embedded in the corporate culture of MGM Resorts and its workforce across the country,” said Ed Domingo, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Empire City Casino. “Empire City is part of the fabric of our surrounding communities, and it’s through partnerships with organizations like the New York Blood Center and the collaborative efforts of our elected leaders that allow us to amplify the impact of those efforts. .”
Nationally, more than 4.5 million Americans require a blood transfusion each year, with one individual needing blood every two seconds. Despite this great need, only 10% of eligible blood donors in the United States actually donate.
“Throughout history, we have consistently seen the countless lives saved through blood donation,” Tapia said. “As someone who personally knows people touched by blood donation, seeing people give the gift of life always holds a warm place in my heart. Given this, I am grateful to have been invited to Empire City Casino’s blood drive as part of their partnership with the New York Blood Center. I want to once again commend the Empire City Casino and the New York Blood Center for their commitment to saving lives.
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