Donate blood at Pellissippi State and get a chance to win Graceland trip

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Medic Regional Blood Center is celebrating Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll, by giving away a Graceland prize package to one lucky person who donates blood during January.

Donors taking part in the Jan. 23 blood drive hosted at Pellissippi State Community College will be automatically entered for a chance to receive the package, which includes two tickets to Graceland, a $300 Visa gift card good toward an overnight hotel stay and a $100 Pilot gas card.

Presley was born in 1935 and died at Graceland, his home in Memphis, in 1977. Graceland continues to be one of the most-visited private homes in the country.

All donors at the upcoming event will receive a free, limited-edition Elvis Presley T-shirt and a coupon for an appetizer (with purchase of an entrée) from Texas Roadhouse. More important, donors will play an instrumental role in keeping the blood supply at necessary levels to serve community members in the East Tennessee region.

There is a need for all blood types. Blood and its components are used for transfusions, as well as in the treatment of cancer patients and those with clotting disorders. One donation can help up to three people.

Donors must be at least 17 years of age and weigh at least 110 pounds. They should not have fasted prior to arriving. In fact, Medic suggests that donors eat a meal and drink fluids approximately three hours prior to donating. Participants are asked to provide photo identification and a list of all current medications to Medic personnel at the site.

Event hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. The mobile unit will be parked in the F-1 lot at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus.

Additional information on the donation process can be found at

For more information on Pellissippi State, call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or