okPORK Breaks Record at Annual Blood Drive

okPORK Breaks Record at Annual Blood Drive  

(OKLAHOMA CITY) – June 5, 2017 For the past 11 years, the Oklahoma Pork Council and the Oklahoma Blood Institute team up for the annual Memorial Day Blood Drive held on the last weekend of May. This year’s event included the theme “Give Local” and a record-breaking 1,319 donors showed up at OBI buildings and busses around the state. A total of 3,957 lives were saved.

Five hundred pounds of pork sandwiches were also given away to donors in appreciation for giving blood, along with a free “You had me at bacon” t-shirt and free Oklahoma City Zoo passes.

“The dedication and support of the Oklahoma Pork Council made it possible to for Oklahoma Blood Institute to ensure there will be enough blood to supply area hospitals through the Memorial Day weekend,” Billy Hendrix, OBI events manager said. “Oklahoma Blood Institute is grateful for the commitment to this event from everyone at the Oklahoma Pork Council. Your tremendous support made this record-breaking event a great success.”

okPORK employees and board members were involved at the event by cooking and serving pork, speaking on radio remotes and even taking part in the donating process.

“As pork producers, we work hard every day to adhear to our We Care ethical prinicples. One of those principles is being involved in our communites,” Joe Popplewell, operations manager at Seaboard Foods and President-Elect for the okPORK Board said. “The blood drive is important because it saves lives and allows okPORK to reach out to the entire state of Oklahoma.”







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