Polaris Industries Inc. Helps Boost Winter Blood Donations
February 24, 2017
(St. Paul, MN) – Minnesota-based Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) helped ensure an adequate blood supply for the community this winter by providing local nonprofit Memorial Blood Centers, a division of Innovative Blood Resources, with a brand new all-terrain vehicle (ATV).
Blood supplies often become critically low during the winter months. Polaris generously provided a brand new ATV to Memorial Blood Centers to help promote the cause of blood donation during the month of December.
A random drawing was held in January, and Jon Gross, a long-time donor and Edina native, was chosen and presented with his new Sportsman 450 SP ATV at an event held at the Memorial Blood Centers St. Paul donor center on Feb. 14. Jon started donating whole blood in 1972 when his father was having surgery, and now donates platelets. “I’m happy to be a donor,” Jon said. “Now that I’m retired, it helps me feel useful.”
Dana Anderson, Community Relations Manager for Polaris, presented the keys to Jon. “Not only is today Valentine’s Day, but this year marks the 20th year that Polaris has been partnering with Memorial Blood Centers. Polaris is committed to contributing to the communities where we live and work. We are proud of our long-standing partnership with Memorial Blood Centers and their life-saving work.”
Donald C. Berglund, Chief Executive Officer of Memorial Blood Centers, added, “This partnership with Polaris helped us collect more than 16,000 units in December—a time when we often face a shortage. We are able to maintain a reliable blood supply for area hospitals thanks to the commitment of our blood donors, and to generous business partners like Polaris.” Memorial Blood Centers also holds regular blood drives with Polaris at its Minnesota locations in Medina, Bass Lake and Wyoming and in Osceola, WI. To date, Polaris has hosted more than 70 blood drives.
About Memorial Blood Centers
Memorial Blood Centers, a division Innovative Blood Resources, has been saving lives for over 65 years as an independent nonprofit supplying life-saving blood to area hospitals and other partners throughout the U.S. Operating 10 donor centers and conducting hundreds of blood drives each month, Memorial Blood Centers also provides comprehensive testing and expert technical services as a national leader in transfusion medicine. For more information, call 1-888-GIVE-BLD (1-888-448-3253) or visit About Us.
Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) is a global powersports leader that has been fueling the passion of riders, workers and outdoor enthusiasts for more than 60 years. With annual 2016 sales of $4.5 billion, Polaris’ innovative, high-quality product line-up includes the RANGER®, RZR® and Polaris GENERAL™ side-by-side off-road vehicles; the Sportsman® and Polaris ACE® all-terrain off-road vehicles; Indian Motorcycle® midsize and heavyweight motorcycles; Slingshot® moto-roadsters; and Polaris RMK®, INDY®, Switchback® and RUSH® snowmobiles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with parts, garments and accessories, along with a growing aftermarket portfolio, including Transamerican Auto Parts. Polaris’ presence in adjacent markets globally include military and commercial off-road vehicles, quadricycles, and electric vehicles. Proudly headquartered in Minnesota, Polaris serves more than 100 countries across the globe. Visit www.polaris.com for more information.