Sept. 27, 2011
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – A “Week of ‘Rocky Horror’” fun, highlighted by an American Red Cross blood drive and a showing of the cult film “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” is planned for Oct. 25-27 at Slippery Rock University.
The University’s Center for Student Involvement and Leadership has partnered with a number of campus and community organizations to offer three days of related activities. Partners include the American Red Cross, University Village, AVI Fresh Mark Inc., the University Union, and PepsiCo.
The “Rocky Horror Blood Bash” blood drive will run 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 25, in the University Union.
The CSIL has set a 100-pint goal and will look to both community and campus donors, said Laurel Dagnon, program director. Preiss, owner and operator of the University Village at Slippery Rock complex, has agreed to promote the drive to its 625 residents and will provide each donor with a “Bash” T-shirt.
“This new partnership is a wonderful opportunity for SRU students to give back to our local communities, particularly during this much-needed emergency blood drive,” said Jena Hazlett, an SRU graduate student and blood drive coordinator.
“Blood supplies are at emergency levels and patients are at risk for not receiving the blood transfusions they need. The American Red Cross is urging immediate blood and platelet donations to improve declining blood inventory levels. All blood types are needed, but types O positive and A positive are experiencing particularly high demand,” said John Hagins, chief executive officer of the Greater Alleghenies Regional Red Cross.
“We’ve not seen the usual post-Labor Day rebound in donor turnout. As a direct result, blood inventories have continued to drop as patients’ needs increase,” he said.
Other activities planned are “Rocky Horror Bingo” at 6:30 p.m., Oct. 26, in the University Union. Because the event falls near Halloween, “horror” prizes designed to put participants in the “spirit,” will be awarded.
The CSIL, AVI, RockOUT and the President’s Commission on LGBTQI will host a “Rocky Horror Coming Out Party” at 12:30 p.m., Oct. 27, in celebration of the cult film’s showing. Cake and party prizes will be provided.
The film, originally released in 1974, will be screened at 8 p.m., Oct. 27, in the University Union. As has become tradition, the audience is expected to join in and the CSIL will provide moviegoers with necessary props.
Admission to the film is five cans of food or $5. Proceeds will benefit local food shelters.
Additional information on the blood drive or Rocky Horror-related activities is available by calling 724.738.2273.
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