Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® teams up with the American Red Cross to host community blood drive at the Museum at Prairiefire on Friday, July 29

Attendees treated to family-friendly entertainment and donors receive free ticket to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (July 14, 2016) – Due to the nationwide blood shortage and immediate need for life-saving donations, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® is partnering with the American Red Cross to host a community blood drive at the Museum at Prairiefire on Friday, July 29.

In addition to collecting blood donations for the local community, the event announces the upcoming arrival of and tickets for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME at Sprint Center, Sept. 15-18. All presenting donors will receive one complimentary ticket voucher to the opening night performance on Thursday, Sept. 15, and a yellow Prairiefire wristband, which is valid for discounts at every Prairiefire retailer on Friday, July 29.

EVENT DETAILS:

What:

The Circus XTREME blood drive is free and open to the public. It will feature family-friendly entertainment including free face painting, giveaways and a world-famous Ringling Bros. clown to entertain the crowd. Additionally, the Museum at Prairiefire will provide a complimentary Discovery Room session for children ages 3-12 while parents/guardians give blood. The Discovery Room is a hands-on, interactive space where children can learn about natural history and science through exploration and discovery. Parents will need to check-in their children with the museum staff before going to give blood and may return to the Discovery Room once they have been cleared to leave by on-site Red Cross staff.

When:

Friday, July 29, 2016

10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where:

Museum at Prairiefire

5801 W. 135th St.

Overland Park, KS 66224

Registration:

Appointments for the blood drive are recommended but not required. Individuals can visit www.redcrossblood.org, click “find a drive,” and enter the sponsor code RinglingBros to schedule an appointment.

Eligibility:

Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

For additional questions regarding eligibility, please visit www.redcrossblood.org or call the Red Cross at 1-800-Red-Cross.

About Feld Entertainment

Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment's productions have appeared in more than 75 countries and on six continents to date and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, AMSOIL Arenacross, Disney On Ice Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt, Disney Live! Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt and Marvel Universe LIVE! More information about Feld Entertainment is available online at www.feldentertainment.com.

About the Museum at Prairiefire

Through a unique collaboration with the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, as well as with other cultural and educational institutions across the nation, the Museum at Prairiefire is a place to understand and celebrate natural history and culture in our region and around the world. Brain: The Inside Story, a compelling exhibition with dozens of interactive displays, puzzles and games that teach visitors about the complex human brain, is currently on display at the Museum at Prairiefire and will run through Monday, September 5. Organized by the American Museum of Natural History, the exhibition draws on 21st-century research and technology to give visitors new perspectives and insights into their own brains through imaginative art, vivid brain-scan imaging and dynamic, engaging activities.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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