Blood Drive Presented by PPAC and WPRI 12

Providence, RI –  The Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) and WPRI 12 are hosting a community blood drive to benefit the Rhode Island Blood Center on Wednesday, February 14, 2024 (Valentine’s Day) from 10A to 3P in PPAC’s Grand Lobby at 220 Weybosset Street, Providence, RI, 02903. PPAC and WPRI 12 invites donors to schedule an appointment in advance at

As a thank you for their time, the first 50 donors will receive a complimentary $10 gift card to PieZoni’s. Free on-street parking will be available for blood donors on Page Street.  

The Rhode Island Blood Center provides over 250 units of whole blood and blood components (platelets, red cells and plasma) to local area patients. Every two seconds, someone needs blood. A whole blood donation takes less than an hour, and a single blood donation can help save up to three lives.

“We are looking forward to hosting our fifth community drive in the PPAC Grand Lobby on Valentine’s Day! It is an ideal location for a blood drive, with ample space to accommodate many donors.” said J.L. “Lynn” Singleton, PPAC President and CEO. “We encourage people who are able to donate blood to come down to the theatre that day.”


“The Rhode Island Blood Center’s work is vital and lifesaving,” said Patrick Wholey, Vice President / General Manager, WPRI 12, FOX Providence, The CW Providence, myRITV. “WPRI 12 is pleased to help get the word out to the community and encourage donors to support the upcoming Valentine’s Day drive at PPAC. None of us ever know when our life or that of someone we love could depend on receiving blood.”


“We appreciate PPAC and WPRI 12 for hosting this community blood drive,” said Glenn Halvarson, Account Manager, Rhode Island Blood Center. “Blood donations assist a variety of people, including people battling cancer, sickle cell anemia and kidney disease, surgical patients and premature infants, among others. It is crucial for the RIBC to maintain safe levels of blood supply for our community year-round to help those in need.”

The RIBC follows a blood donor screening process that is based on Individual Donor Assessment; this process allows more people to be eligible to donate blood. Learn more about donor eligibility via the RIBC’s website at

About the Rhode Island Blood Center (RIBC)


RHODE ISLAND BLOOD CENTER (RIBC) was founded in 1979 as a nonprofit community blood center. For over 35 years, RIBC has been the primary supplier of blood to patients being cared for in hospitals throughout Rhode Island and in neighboring states. The RIBC runs seven full-time donation centers across Rhode Island, including their center on Parade Street in Providence, RI.

The RIBC’s mission is to help save lives by ensuring a safe and plentiful blood supply to the patients and hospitals we serve. RIBC participates in the National Marrow Donor Program, collecting stem cells for transplant patients at their Providence location. Their state-of-the-art laboratory performs donor testing for over 400,000 donations per year. RIBC is also involved in various local and national research programs to improve all aspects of the blood supply. RIBC is a division of the New York Blood Center, Inc. (a family of operating Divisions known as New York Blood Center Enterprises).


About the Providence Performing Arts Center

The Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) presents a full roster of touring Broadway productions, concerts, and comedy shows. Located in the heart of Providence’s arts and entertainment district, PPAC is the second largest theatre of its kind in New England, with a seating capacity of 3100. The Loew’s Theatre Building, which is the historic home of PPAC, opened in October 1928 and has been acclaimed for its beauty and grandeur. PPAC is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been consistently ranked as one of the top ten live entertainment venues of its size in U.S. by industry publications like Pollstar, VenuesNow, and Billboard Magazine.


PPAC Media Contacts  

P.J. Prokop, Director of Marketing:                            (401) 574-3103 /

Caitlyn DiPompo, Marketing/PR Projects Manager: (401) 574-3112 /