DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – America’s Blood Centers, the nation’s network of non-profit community blood centers, has selected Daytona International Speedway as Corporation of the Year. The award is given to a corporation that demonstrates an exceptional commitment to the volunteer blood community and to the national awareness of the need for blood donations during 2011. Daytona International Speedway holds regular blood drives each year with Florida’s Blood Centers.
“The ‘World Center of Racing’ took the checkered flag for blood drives nationwide last year,” said Daytona International Speedway Joie Chitwood III. “But, while we cannot be more proud of our effort and honored by this great recognition, we plan to build upon our success to continue saving lives in our community.”
“Race fans are dedicated blood donors. They roll up their sleeves to save lives,” said Mike Pratt, FBC’s Chief Operating Officer and Interim CEO. “Last year Daytona International Speedway hosted one of the largest blood drives FBC has ever had.”
Three times a year, the Speedway turns areas within its facility such as the Daytona 500 Club into a blood center and race fans drive far and wide to roll up their sleeves and donate. At the last blood drive, held on September 10, 2011, the Speedway broke its own record by registering 1,064 donors – a 50 percent increase over its previous drive! Over 3,500 donors have responded to the speedway’s call for blood donations over the last six years, resulting in over 10,000 lives impacted.
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