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Ugly Ties a Hit at Rhode Island Blood Center Fundraiser:
Men’s Health Night Draws Crowd and Raises $11,000

RUNNER UP IN A “TIE-BREAKER” Ugly Tie runner-up
Joe Swinski of Cranston with celebrity judge
Miss Rhode Island, Ivy DePew.

Ugly ties took center stage at the Rhode Island Blood Center’s first-ever Men’s Health Night, held recently at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick, RI.

More than 100 people attended the event, which raised $11,000 for the Blood Center’s educational and recruitment efforts.

Ed Zaborski of Lincoln took home Ugly Tie honors after narrowly defeating runner up Joe Swinski of Cranston in a “tie-breaker.” Zaborski, whose winning tie featured floating pizza slices, received a trophy and $100 cash price.

Judges for the tie contest were: Ivy DePew, Miss Rhode Island; Jessica Schiano of 92 WPRO-FM and Dennis Iannotti, co-founder of Nuts ‘N More. The event also featured health information and screenings, a silent and live auction, and a tie swap.

Rhode Island Blood Center Announces
Dates for Our
Design for Life Contest!

The Rhode Island Blood Center is currently running their Annual T-shirt design contest and recognition program to acknowledge one gifted artist and hundreds of students that donate three times a year.

Student artists age 19 and under will be able to submit T-shirt designs by mail or on-line between September 2, 2014 and Friday March 20, 2015. The Center will then narrow the entries to a group of three finalists. The winner will be chosen by a community wide on-line secret ballot that will run between March 31, 2015 at 9am and Friday April 4, 2015 at 4pm. The winning design will be printed on T-shirts and distributed to individuals 19 and under who present to donate three times between July 8, 2014 and July 7, 2015 and make one attempt at a high school blood drive.

The winning artist will receive considerable exposure in the Rhode Island Blood Centers newsletter, in media releases on the Blood Centers web-site, and social media pages. The winning designer will also receive an 16GB iPod Nano.

If you have further questions or want to get involved in helping to promote this contest or blood donation to youth in our community, you can use the tools provided on this site or contact us via EMail at

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Roger Williams University

Pictured from left to right are: Antonio Teixiera, Bristol Town Administrator; President Farish of Roger Williams University; Lawrence Smith, CEO & President of Rhode Island Blood Center; Sarah Perez, Account Manager, RIBC; & Captain Hemo Globin.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 a ribbon cutting ceremony was held at Roger Williams University celebrating 35 years of partnership between the Rhode Island Blood Center and Roger Williams University.

Roger Williams University was the first blood drive held by Rhode Island Blood Center when we opened May 1, 1979.

The partnership has resulted in 10,000+ donations helping save over 30,000 lives!

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Today's Blood Drives

Rhode Island Blood Center
Donor Room
7:00AM- 7:00PM
405 Promenade
Providence, RI 02908
South County Donor Center
Donor Center
9:00AM- 5:30PM
14 Woodruff Ave
Narragansett, RI 02882
Westerly Donor Center
Donor Room
12:30PM- 6:30PM
145 Franklin Street
Westerly, RI 02891
Churches of Riverside
Evangelical Covenant Church
4:00PM- 8:00PM
165 Rounds Ave.
Riverside, RI 02915
3:00PM- 6:00PM
2125 Diamond Hill Rd
Cumberland, RI 02864

To view or make an appointment for future drives, pick a date below:

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