Central Bank Center Blood Drive June 9, 2023 | 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

All Donations Stay in State to Save Local Lives

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Central Kentucky’s epicenter for events will be hosting one of its most important ones to date: a blood drive to save local lives. 

Central Bank Center is partnering with Kentucky Blood Center to boost the summer blood supply. Donors in and around downtown Lexington are encouraged to donate blood at Central Bank Center anytime from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 9. 

All donations with Kentucky Blood Center stay in state to save local lives at more than 70-plus Kentucky hospitals. Whole blood donations typically take no more than 45 minutes from registration to refreshment, and one donation can save up to three lives. 

Summer is historically a tough time of year for the blood supply. Donations at KBC in 2022 were down more than 12% from 2019, the last summer before the COVID-19 pandemic. During the same timeframe, transfusion frequency remains consistent, putting local lives at risk.

Blood donors must be at least 17 years old (16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds, be in general good health, show a photo I.D. and meet additional requirements. Sixteen-year-old donors must have a signed parental permission slip, which can be found at kybloodcenter.org.

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Donors who give blood at the Central Bank Center Blood Drive on June will receive a KBC T-shirt, a LexLive movie ticket and be entered into drawings for tickets to upcoming Rupp Arena events.

Give Back, Give Blood, Get Free Stuff

Donors who give blood at the Central Bank Center Blood Drive will receive: 

  • A KBC "Give Back, Give Blood" T-shirt
  • One LexLive movie ticket
  • Entry into drawings to win free tickets to one of the following Central Bank Center events:
    • WWE Friday Night Smackdown (June 16) | 2 tickets
    • Thomas Rhett (June 22) | 2 tickets
    • The Sound of Music (July 13-16) | 2 tickets
    • Guns N' Roses (Sept. 6) | 2 tickets
    • Paw Patrol Live (Oct. 6-7) | 4 tickets

Parking and Directions

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Parking for donors will be free in High Street parking lot. Gates to the parking lot will be open that day, and no ticket will be required.

Donors can enter the blood drive via High Street or Vine Street. 

For High Street access, donors should take the escalators or stairs down to the lower-level lobby. Donors entering via Vine Street should proceed through the doors and take a right into the blood drive.

About Kentucky Blood Center

Celebrating 55 years of saving lives in Kentucky, KBC is the largest independent, full-service, nonprofit blood center in Kentucky. Licensed by the FDA, KBC’s sole purpose is to collect, process and distribute blood for patients in Kentucky. KBC provides services in 90 Kentucky counties and has donor centers in Lexington, Louisville, Frankfort, Pikeville, Somerset and the Tri-County area.