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Bonfils ‘Give Live’ Concert Is A First For The Organization

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Musician Nick Urata of Devotchka (credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Musician Nick Urata of Devotchka (credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

DENVER (CBS4) – If you’re nervous about giving blood or just not eligible to donate but you want to help Bonfils Blood Center, you can do so by attending a concert at the Paramount Theatre on Thursday.

The Denver band DeVotchKa is headlining a benefit show called Give Live, and it falls on the same day as National Donor Day and Valentine’s Day. All the proceeds will go towards Bonfils in an event that is the first of its kind for the organization.

“It’s a great day for us to highlight the need for people to give blood and get involved with their local community blood center,” said Jessiva Maitland, Bonfils Vice President of Marketing and Community Development.

Maitland came on the CBS4 Morning News Tuesday to explain that beyond the need for people to give blood, Bonfils is a non-profit and has lots of expenses as part of their operation that financial donors help with.

“There’s other support that’s needed in addition (to giving blood), and that’s financial support to support our organization,” Maitland said. “It takes us about $130,000 a day to run our operations.”

Bonfils holds as many as 10 mobile blood drives each day throughout Colorado, and there are seven community donor centers.

“There are additional funds that are needed to help us fulfill our mission, so this concert is going to help us do that,” said Maitland.

Bonfils said the following donations can help in the following way:

$15 Helps purchase supplies needed to collect one whole blood donation

$50 Helps provide the testing needed to identify donors with unique blood properties

$100 Helps cover the cost of adding a potential lifesaving donor to the Be The Match Registry® and gives hope to leukemia patients

$500 Helps expand and maintain the fleet of mobile blood drive vehicles to make blood donation more convenient in communities across the state

Maitland said those looking for a good idea for a date with their significant other should consider the Give Live concert.

DeVotchKa will begin playing at 8 p.m. Read more about the event here, or check out CBS4 Critic at Large Greg Moody’s preview of the concert.

The Give Live concert is a CBS4 Sponsored Event.

LINK: Bonfils Blood Center

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