Friends, family and the car community will come together to help Art Reisinger as he battles prostate cancer with a blood drive, scheduled for March 9, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Carlisle Expo Center, Carlisle Events announced. Not only is Reisinger a car lover and well-respected member of the Mopar community, he’s also a long-time vendor at Carlisle Events’ annual car shows, event organizers said.
Spearheaded by Ed Buczeskie of Carlisle Events, the event will include a blood drive and door prizes provided by Carlisle Events and others within the hobby. The Central PA Blood Bank will handle the donation duties and blood donations. All blood types are welcome and blood that’s a match to Art can directly benefit him, though other types are needed. Those unable to attend the event can still donate at any Central PA Blood Bank event by offering Reisinger’s name in full or by using donor ID number R-267. Monetary donations will also be accepted.
“What started as a Blood Drive that would be marketed toward the local Mopar community has grown legs and is now spreading across the country,” said Buczeskie. “Mopar ‘celebrities’ have been donating items to be used to encourage participation as door prizes and we’ve seen an overwhelming level of support from people outside of the Mopar community too. Art has been such a staple at events in Carlisle as well as within car circles, that everyone has been eager to help he and his family during these tough times.”
The Carlisle Expo Center and the event are COVID compliant. Masks are required and while no prior COVID test results are required to donate, donors are offered the opportunity to obtain a FREE COVID anti-body test prior to donation.
While walk-ins are allowed, the Central PA Blood Bank recommends booking a time slot in advance by calling 1-800-771-0059. For general questions regarding the event, email Ed Buczeskie at [email protected].