Cedar Fair Executive Recognized by Gail McGovern

The president of the American National Red Cross, Gail McGovern, has recognized Sanduskian Lee Alexakos for her outstanding contributions to the organization’s vital blood collection program.

National Awards and Recognition Dinner 2017

Lee Alexakos, center, is flanked on the left by Gail McGovern, President and Howie Walz, Vice President of Recruitment

A Biomedical Partnership Award — presented recently at the Red Cross National Award Program in Washington, D.C. — cited Alexakos for expanding the partnership between the Red Cross and Cedar Fair Entertainment, where she serves as Vice President of Community Relations.

Cedar Fair—a leader in regional amusement parks, water parks and active entertainment—is a great corporate partner with Lee Alexakos at the helm. Her extensive work on the expansion of Cedar Fair’s partnership with the American Red Cross helped to increase revenue, reduce costs, and increase customer satisfaction for our organization. Her successful expansion campaign included gifting the Red Cross over 16 thousand free Cedar Fair admissions to be used to recruit blood donors during the difficult summer collection months; encouraging blood donations by offering prize packs of admission for four; and gifting and promoting a Grand Prize package including family admission, fast passes, and weekend overnight accommodations. The in-kind donations from this campaign were equal to over $1 million from Cedar Fair.

The success of the Cedar Fair partnership enabled laser marketing to our youth markets during a time of the year when it can be challenging to connect with our high school and university partners. Students stepped up to coordinate blood drives in their communities resulting in youth leadership opportunities plus education on the blood donation process and the patients we serve. Lee’s dedication to our organization and endless hours invested of her own time to ensure sponsor and donor engagement were crucial for our life saving mission during the challenging summer months.

The Red Cross is always in need of blood donations.  You can make an appointment to donate at 1-800-RED CROSS, or by logging onto redcrossblood.org.  You can also make an appointment on the Red Cross Blood App, which also records your donation history, and keeps track of your blood’s journey.

(Red Cross Volunteer Eilene Guy contributed to this story)

Cedar Fair and The Red Cross Reward Donors this Summer with Tickets to Theme Parks

By Anmol Nigam, American Red Cross Volunteer

How would you like to go to  Cedar Point for free? All you have to do is give blood at a select blood drive this summer.

The Red Cross is offering free tickets to blood donors at select blood drives this summer, thanks to a partnership with Cedar Fair theme parks and Cleveland’s iHeartMedia. Donors also have a chance to win many additional prizes, including one of two grand prizes.

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Photo courtesy of Cedar Fair, with permission

The Red Cross provides 40% of the nation’s blood to save countless lives. Blood and platelet donors of all types are always in need.

Christy Peters, the External Communications Manager for the Red Cross Northern Ohio Blood Services Region reminds volunteers, “Blood and platelet donations are especially needed during the summer months when donations slow due to summer vacations and travel among regular donors.”

One ticket to a Cedar Fair theme park will be offered to each donor at select blood drives. Participating theme park locations include Cedar Point, Kings Island, Kings Dominion, Knott’s Berry Farm, Carowinds, Dorney Park, Michigan Adventure, Valley Fair, and California’s Great Adventure. Tickets are limited, so sign up at one of these blood drives by going to redcrossblood.org,  calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767,) or by registering through the Red Cross Blood App.

6/21/16 Bainbridge Town Hall 1 – 7 p.m. 17826 Chillicothe Rd. Chagrin Falls 44023
6/22/16 Packard Music Hall 12  – 6 p.m. 1703 Mahoning Ave. Warren 44483
6/24/16 Mentor Civic Arena 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. 8600 Munson Rd. Mentor 44060
6/29/16 Castaway Bay 2 – 7 p.m. 2001 Cleveland Rd. Sandusky 44870
6/30/16 Massillon Recreation Center 12  – 7 p.m. 505 Erie Street N Massillon 44646
7/8/16 Hilton Garden Inn Mayfield Village 1 – 7 p.m. 700 Beta Dr. Mayfield Village 44143
7/13/16 Dave & Buster’s 2 – 8 p.m. 25735 First St. Westlake 44145
7/19/16 Heartland Community Church 1 – 7 p.m. 3400 Weymouth Rd. Medina 44256
7/22/16 United Methodist Church 12 – 7 p.m. 1435 E. Main St. Kent 44240
7/26/16 Independence Community Center 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 6363 Selig Dr. Independence 44131
7/29/16 iHeartMedia 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 7461 South Avenue Boardman 44512
8/1/2016 Cornerstone Community Church 1 – 7 p.m. 5344 Fishcreek Rd. Stow 44224
8/4/16 American Red Cross Wayne County 1 – 7 p.m. 124 N. Walnut St. Wooster 44691
8/10/16 Cuyahoga Community College 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 11000 Pleasant Valley Rd. Cuyahoga 44130

Donors also have a chance to win a grand prize package and discounts for $2 off the purchase of additional Cedar Fair tickets.  The grand prize is a trip for four to Cedar Point or Knott’s Berry Farm with travel and hotel accommodations along with admission to the park.  Enter for a chance to win any of these prizes by visiting redcrossblood.org/cedarfair.

And, as a special thanks to Red Cross donors, Cedar Fair is also offering a discount on Cedar Fair tickets purchased through redcross.cedarfair.com. Since prizes are limited and the Cedar Fair blood drives end by September 5th, sign up to donate soon!  Your donation can help save a life.