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Blood drive Friday at WMU Kendall Center

May 31, 2006

KALAMAZOO--The Calhoun and Branch County Chapter of the American Red Cross will hold a blood drive Friday, June 2, at Western Michigan University-Battle Creek's Kendall Center, located at 50 W. Jackson St.

The event is set for 1 to 7 p.m., with WMU's Extended University Programs acting as host. Free parking is available for all who wish to participate in this life-saving event.

WMU mascot Buster Bronco will be on hand to greet individuals as they come through the doors, and a special gift will be available for each participant. Radio station WBCK will do a live remote two-hour radio broadcast from the lobby of the building just prior to the 1 p.m. starting time. That broadcast is made possible through a partnership with Battle Creek Unlimited, a private, nonprofit economic development agency.

Part of the mission of WMU's Extended University Programs is to reach out to the local communities served by WMU's eight regional campus locations. The University has had a presence in Battle Creek since 1917 and dramatically increased it's visibility in 1993 with the addition of the Kendall Center. The $3.7 million center was made possible through contributions from the city of Battle Creek, the Downtown Development Authority, the Kellogg Co., the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, the Miller Foundation, the Battle Creek Community Foundation and the late Beulah Kendall. The building was named in honor of the late Roy and Beulah Kendall.

More information about either the blood drive or the center's educational/conferencing capabilities is available by calling (269) 965-5380 or by visiting WMU-Battle Creek's Web site at www.bc.wmich.edu.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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