Dracula blood drive

A bright, sunny day with Halloween still two months away is not prime time for vampires.  But despite all that, Dracula couldn’t resist visiting the Washington Township Fire Department blood drive Aug. 23 just to see what’s on the menu.

Morgan Brazie, a volunteer with the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, donned the count’s black tuxedo and red-lined cape to mingle with donors.  He gave longing looks to plump blood bags and recently-wrapped arms as he posed for photos with donors, but minded his manners.

The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is partnering with Community Blood Center to promote blood donations and the Dayton Ballet, Dayton Opera and Dayton Philharmonic production of “Dracula: Bloodlines” coming up Oct. 25-28 at the Victoria Theater.

Everyone who registered to donate at the Washington Township Fire Department blood drive received a voucher for a “buy one ticket, get one ticket” offer to see “Dracula: Bloodlines.”  Donors will get the same opportunity at multiple mobile blood drives this fall.

“Back by overwhelming demand, Dayton Ballet is thrilled to return to the Victoria Theatre stage to present the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance Signature Event, Dracula: Bloodlines,” said DPAA Promotions Manager Sherry Wells.

“The intrigue, shadowing, and mystery of this classic tale is the perfect setting for a story ballet in the haunting month of October. The full artistic force of the DPAA will present an unforgettable evening of performing arts filled with drama and beauty befitting the looming autumn season.”

Dracula demonstrated great restraint as he visited with Washington Township Fire Chief Bill Gaul as he made his donation.  The count then said his farewells and flew away without taking a bite out of the collection totals for the day, leaving behind 47 donors and 41 donations.

Dracula with donor Normajean Roselius

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