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Cedar Fair Theme Parks And The American Red Cross Partner To Offer Blood Donors Thrilling Summer Fun

This summer, the American Red Cross and Cedar Fair theme parks are partnering to offer a free Cedar Fair park ticket to those who come out to donate blood at select blood drives. Donors can also enter to win one of three grand prize packages for four to Knott’s Berry Farm in California or Cedar Point in Ohio.

“Blood and platelet donations are especially needed during the summer months when donations slow due to summer vacations and travel among regular donors,” said Rodney Wilson, communications manager for the Red Cross Indiana Ohio Blood Services Region. “Thanks to the support of Cedar Fair, donors can help save lives and have the time of their lives at a Cedar Fair theme park.”

All those who come to donate at select blood drives will receive one free ticket, valid for entry to participating U.S. Cedar Fair parks, including Cedar Point, Kings Island and others, while supplies last. Tickets are valid for the 2017 season, and other restrictions may apply. Now through Sept. 4, donors can also visit to enter to win a grand prize package and take advantage of an exclusive ticket offer that gives $2 of each ticket purchased online back to the Red Cross.

The partnership with Cedar Fair includes 12 parks across the U.S. with a goal of increasing blood and platelet donations during the summer months when donations decrease, but the need remains constant. “Even the most committed donors can forget to make time to give blood during the busy summer season,” said Wilson. “Hopefully, the opportunity to receive a free amusement park ticket will remind people to make summer blood donation a priority.”

Appointments for this blood drive are strongly encouraged. You can make an appointment by going to, calling 1-800-RED CROSS, or downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities offering one free Cedar Fair theme park ticket:

– June 29: Noon-6 p.m., St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton, 10700 Aboite Center Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46804

– July 6: 2-7 p.m., Bellmont High School at Riverside Center, 231 East Monroe St., Decatur, IN 46733

– July 8: Noon-4 p.m., Three Rivers Festival, Bloodmobile bus on Barr Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802

– July 12: 1-7 p.m., Scout Park Conference Center, 2300 Meyer Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46803