Arkansas Blood Institute Hosts Ultimate Tailgate Party

FORT SMITH, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) – The Arkansas Blood Institute invites blood donors to the Ultimate Tailgate Party on August 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Fort Smith Harley-Davidson.

According to a press release from the Arkansas Blood Institute, successful blood donors will receive a free limited-edition Jeep-inspired t-shirt, as well as free admission to the Magic Springs theme and water park. Donors will also be entered for a chance to win a $250 Visa gift card and a $200 portable tailgate grill.

The statement said Fort Smith Therapy, Health and Wellness has pledged to donate $10 to the children’s emergency shelter for each successful donation.

“Returning to school traditionally tests our ability to collect blood products as many abandon their summer routines,” said Dr. John Armitage, president and CEO of the Arkansas Blood Institute. “We are so grateful to our loyal partners like Fort Smith Harley-Davidson, for helping us reward those who take the time to donate blood for those in need.”

The statement said anyone 16 or older is encouraged to donate. Appointments can be made by calling 877-340-8777 or visiting

The release says photo ID is required. 16 year olds must weigh at least 125 pounds and provide signed parental consent. 17 year olds must weigh at least 125 pounds. People 18 and older must weigh at least 110 pounds.

Joseph K. Bennett