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URI celebrates a silver anniversary with a splash of red

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R.I. Blood Center honors 25 years of giving by the University community

KINGSTON, R.I. -- June 16, 2004 -- Students, faculty and staff at the University of Rhode Island have given to Rhode Islanders in need for the past 25 years, and plan to keep on giving -- blood, that is, nearly 25,000 pints.

On Wednesday, June 16 the University and The Rhode Island Blood Center will be flushed with excitement as they commemorate 25 years of blood drives with a ceremony and, of course, a few more pints. The blood drive will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Atrium I at the Memorial Union on the Kingston Campus. The silver anniversary ceremony will take place at 11:30 a.m.

Rhode Island Blood Center President and CEO Lawrence F. Smith will present a plaque to URI President Robert L. Carothers in honor of the contributions made by the University community during the past 25 years.

"Our Kingston Campus is, and always has been, a truly unique community in Rhode Island. While many of the residents of our community move on each year, we're proud that the flow of support for the Rhode Island Blood Center has been continuous," said President Carothers. "The blood drives held here let our students understand the needs and learn the value of each pint they've donated to help someone else."

"The need for blood continues to increase due to an aging population and our hospitals performing more sophisticated surgical and medical procedures. Given that need, partnerships with organizations like the University of Rhode Island are critical to helping us provide an adequate blood supply for our community," said Smith.

Since 2000, the URI Clearinghouse for Volunteers, a program of the Feinstein Center for Service Learning, and Chi Phi fraternity have sponsored all of the blood drives at which thousands of students, faculty and staff members have donated.

Since May 1979 the Rhode Island Blood Center has organized and hosted blood drives throughout the entire state providing Rhode Islanders with a safe and adequate blood supply. The University's Kingston campus was one of the earliest sites for the Center's blood drives.

For More Information: Kathleen M. Connolly, 453-8555