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33rd Annual Big Blue Crush is Nov. 16-20

graphic that says 33rd Annual Big Blue Crush. KY vs. TN and picture of football
photo of a long-sleeved T-shirt that will be given to each blood donor

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 13, 2020) The Cats beat the Vols on the field this season; now it’s time for University of Kentucky fans to roll up their sleeves and use their lifesaving powers to help Kentucky Blood Center beat Tennessee’s Medic Regional Blood Center in the 33rd annual Big Blue Crush blood drive event.

UK students, faculty and staff can donate at these convenient campus drives Nov. 16-20:

  • Buell Armory: Monday (6 a.m.–3 p.m.) and Friday (10 a.m.–5 p.m.)
  • Lewis Honors College: Monday–Thursday (10 a.m.–5 p.m.) and Friday (11 a.m.–5 p.m.)
  • Patterson Hall (Room 118): Tuesday–Thursday (10 a.m.–2 p.m.)

The blood drive, which was established by the two community nonprofit blood centers in 1987, assures a sufficient blood supply for the upcoming holiday season. Kentucky leads the rivalry 18 to 13 with one tie. Last year, Kentucky won with 2,894 donations to Tennessee’s 1,999.

As a thank you for saving lives, 2020 Big Blue Crush donors receive a long-sleeved Crush T-shirt (pictured) and are entered to win a 65” Samsung Crystal UHD television.

All donations will also be tested for COVID-19 antibodies and donors will be able to access those results 7-10 days following their donation.

“Big Blue Crush is a lot of fun, but it’s also extremely important for our blood supply,” said Mandy Brajuha, vice president of external relations. “As a huge Cats fan, I love the competition against Tennessee — but the bigger win here is seeing our shelves full of blood for Kentucky patients in need over the holidays.”

In addition to the campus drives listed above, donors may give at any KBC donor center or other mobile drive throughout the state. A complete listing of Big Blue Crush donation locations can be found at KBC donor centers are listed below and are open from 9 a.m.–6 p.m. during Big Blue Crush (Nov. 16-20).

Andover Donor Center

3130 Maple Leaf Drive, Lexington

Beaumont Donor Center

3121 Beaumont Centre Circle, Lexington

Hillview Donor Center

5406 Antle Drive, Louisville

Middletown Donor Center

12905 Shelbyville Road, Louisville

Pikeville Donor Center

472 S. Mayo Trail, Pikeville

Somerset Donor Center

10 Stonegate Centre (Stoplight 16A), Somerset

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