CONTACT: WINSTON BARCLAY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0073; fax (319) 384-0024
Houston Ballet's 'Dracula' prompts UI 'Drip for Dracula' blood drive
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Dracula needs your blood! Actually, it's patients
at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) who are in need
of the life-giving fluid, so Hancher Auditorium is heralding the arrival
of the Houston Ballet's Halloween performances of "Dracula" with
a "Drip for Dracula" blood drive, noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday and
Thursday, Oct. 28-29, in the Hancher Auditorium lobby.
The drive, in collaboration with the DeGowin Blood Center, intends to
collect 100 units of blood to be used for transfusions at UIHC. Although
the blood donations will NOT go to nourish blood-thirsty vampires, DeGowin
Blood Center technicians will be dressed in costumes appropriate for the
To make a reservation for a Hancher-lobby blood donation, call 319-335-1130.
Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are encouraged. The entire procedure
will take about 45 minutes. Remember to bring a photo ID, and be sure you
know the names and purposes of any medications you are currently taking.
Everyone donating will receive an "I Dripped for Dracula"
coupon, redeemable for a $5 discount on tickets to the "Dracula"
performances at 8 p.m. Oct. 30 and 31 in Hancher. A coupon will also be
given to everyone donating blood during the month of October at the DeGowin
Centers at Boyd Tower of UIHC or at 1070 William St. in the Towncrest area
of Iowa City.
The minimum requirements for donating blood are: age 17 or older, weight
110 pounds or more, good health, no antibiotics taken recently, no cold
or flu symptoms during the five days before donation, no tatoos for one
year before donation, and a good meal eaten within four hours before donating.
For further information, contact the DeGowin Center at 319-356-2058.
The need for blood is great. More than 500 donors are needed each week
to supply the blood needed by patients at UIHC. Donating blood is safe:
Infectious diseases cannot be contracted through the blood-donation process.
Blood can be donated every eight weeks.
Tickets for the Houston Ballet production of "Dracula" are
available at the Hancher box office. Hancher box office hours are 10 a.m.-5:30
p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and 1-3 p.m. Sunday. From the local
calling area or outside Iowa, dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance within
Iowa and western Illinois is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to (319) 353-2284.
People with special needs for access, seating and other services should
dial (319) 335-1158. The line is equipped with TDD for people with hearing
impairment who use that technology.
Country Bancorporation and Kay J.A. Bernau are the sponsors of the Houston
Ballet "Dracula" through the University of Iowa Foundation.