Chapman effort boosts local blood donations

Chapman Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram recently partnered with United Blood Services and Yelp to raise awareness for the need of blood donations. Donors who gave blood in January were eligible to enter to win a 12-month lease for a 2013 Dodge Dart, courtesy of the dealership.

Throughout January, United Blood Services held more than 60 blood drives at Las Vegas Valley locations, with the finale held at Chapman Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram. In all, 3,002 units of blood were collected from mobile blood drives and 2,427 units were collected at brick-and-mortar centers . This total could make a profound difference in the lives of 16,287 people and their families.

“The community and our employees stepped up and donated during this critical time,” said Don Hamrick, general manager of Chapman Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram. “United Blood Services and the Yelp community are great partners and it’s been phenomenal what we’ve been able to do with the support of the community.”

National Blood Donor Month concluded with a Yelp Finale Blood Drive celebration Jan. 31, when the winner of the Dodge Dart lease was selected. The not-so-typical blood drive event included vendors Coast2Coast Deli, Presto Café, Hotbox Photo Booths, Sin City Cupcakes, Sin City Snoballs and Snacks, Smoothie King, WeGoGamez, Jelli Vegas FM and a visit by Kristie Gulia Jelinski, 2012 Mrs. Nevada America.

“It took a huge group effort to make this month and promotion with the Dodge Dart a success, especially with the hard-hitting flu season this year,” said Paul Milakeve, donor recruitment manager for United Blood Services. “January is historically an extremely difficult month for blood donations, but with the help of Chapman Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram and Yelp, we were able to collect 5,429 units, making a difference in the lives of more than 16,000 people and their families.”

For more information about United Blood Services, call 877-827-4376.

Chapman Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram is at 3175 E. Sahara Ave. at Mojave Road. The dealership can be reached at 702-457-1061 or by visiting

Chapman Chrysler Jeep is at Valley Automall in Henderson. It can be reached at 888-207-1687 or online at

Chapman Value Center is on Boulder Highway just south of Sahara Avenue. The dealership can be reached at 888-299-0170 and at www.chapmanvalue

Chapman Warm Springs sells vehicles selectively chosen from every one of Chapman’s 26 Southwest locations. Lawrence Ennis can be reached at 702-338-5900 or online at

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