NEW YORK BLOOD CENTER CELEBRATES 10,000TH BLOOD DONOR AS PART OF “SKYSCRAPERS FOR LIFE” PROGRAM

New York, NY – New York Blood Center (NYBC) and Tishman Speyer will celebrate their 10,000th anonymous volunteer to donate blood on January 24, 2011 at 600 Fifth Avenue at Rockefeller Center between 9:30 am and 3:30 pm. The event is part of the “Skyscrapers for Life” program and will kick-off a week-long blood drive at Rockefeller Plaza. For more information about the blood drive, the public can call New York Blood Center at 1-800-933-2566 or visit their website at http://www.nybloodcenter.org.

Since 2004, NYBC has hosted tenant blood drives with Tishman Speyer as part of its “Skyscrapers for Life” campaign, sponsored by MetLife. The campaign’s efforts are aimed at providing workers in Manhattan’s multi-tenant skyscrapers the opportunity to give blood and save a life.

“New York Blood Center relies on thousands of blood donors each day to help us meet our mission of providing a safe and adequate blood supply. But without the support of corporate and community partners like Tishman Speyer, getting to these individuals would be much more challenging,” said Rolf Kovenetsky, Vice President of Corporate & Community Relations for NYBC.

“We are proud to be a supporter of New York Blood Center’s efforts to save lives,” said Thomas Madden, Managing Director for Tishman Speyer. “New York Blood Center is a vital organization to our city and we encourage everyone to give blood and help save a life.”

New York Blood Center, serving more than 20 million people in New York City, Long Island, the Hudson Valley, New Jersey, and parts of Connecticut and Pennsylvania, call upon the community to continue to donate blood, the gift of life, during the winter season. The winter season is a time when blood supplies diminish while hospital and patient needs remain the same. It is also a time when it becomes more difficult to find precise blood matches for patients with rare blood types. Somewhere, someone is fighting for his or her life.

Please consider donating at a blood drive or donor center in your community or near your place of work. Please call New York Blood Center at 1-800-933-2566 or visit us online at http://www.nybloodcenter.org to schedule an appointment to donate. You can donate whole blood every 56 days, plasma every 28 days, and platelets every 3 days.

Blood donors receive free mini-medical exams on site including information about their temperature, pulse rate, blood pressure and hemoglobin level. Eligible donors include those people at least 16-years-old (with parental permission or consent), who weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, are in good health and meet all Food & Drug Administration and NY or NJ State Department of Health donor criteria. People over 75 may donate with a doctor’s note. Proper photo identification is required from each donor. Please eat a good meal the day of your donation.

About New York Blood Center: New York Blood Center (NYBC) is one of the nation’s largest non-profit, community-based blood centers. Since 1964, NYBC has been providing blood, transfusion products and services to hospitals. NYBC serves more than 20 million people in New York City, Long Island, the Hudson Valley, New Jersey, and parts of Connecticut and Pennsylvania. NYBC is also home to the Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute and the National Cord Blood Program at the Howard P. Milstein National Cord Blood Center, the world’s largest public cord blood bank. NYBC provides medical services and programs (Clinical, Transfusion, and Hemophilia Services) through our medical professionals along with consultative services in transfusion medicine. Please visit us on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/newyorkbloodcenter. Follow us on Twitter: @NYBloodCenter.

About Tishman Speyer: Tishman Speyer is the co-owner and manager of Rockefeller Center, the world-famous real estate, shopping and dining complex in the heart of midtown Manhattan. Rockefeller Center is the site of numerous public exhibits and events, including large-scale installations of public art by world-renowned artists including Takashi Murakami, Jeff Koons and Jonathan Borofsky. Tishman Speyer has earned a worldwide reputation for innovative utilization of public art in its signature commercial properties, which include Rockefeller Center and Chrysler Center. Tishman Speyer is committed to the preservation and restoration of Rockefeller Center and the historic Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center, one of New York’s top attractions. Each day an estimated 350,000 people visit the Rockefeller Plaza complex, which during the holidays is home to the most famous Christmas Tree in the world.

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