OAKLAND, Calif.– October 27, 2008– The American Red Cross is partnering with Encore, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation, to hold a "Dracula Blood Drive” to celebrate the release of the first computer game in Encore’s Mystery Adventure Game line, Dracula 3: The Path of the Dragon. The Dracula Blood Drive will take place on Friday, October 31, at five blood centers throughout the Bay Area. Each presenting blood donor will receive a copy of Dracula 3: The Path of the Dragon for the PC.*
"Many donors have jokingly called our phlebotomists vampires so we decided to use the theme on Halloween," said Sara O’Brien, Communications Manager of the American Red Cross Northern California Blood Services Region. "We love having this opportunity to provide a fun gift to help encourage potential donors to let us collect their blood so they can tell any vampires they already gave to the Red Cross.”
"We held a very successful Dracula Blood Drive in Southern California at the beginning of October, and we are very excited to bring the Dracula Blood Drive to Northern California," said Cal Morrell, president of Encore. "We look forward to another successful blood collection and encourage people who have never donated blood take this opportunity to make a difference."
The Dracula Blood Drive will take place at the following locations from 7:30 a.m.– 3 p.m.
• Oakland Red Cross Donor Center, 6230 Claremont Avenue
• San Jose Red Cross Donor Center, 2731 N. First Street
• Newark Red Cross Donor Center, 39227 Cedar Boulevard
• Pleasant Hill Red Cross Donor Center, 140 Gregory Lane
• Pleasanton Red Cross Donor Center, 5556-B Springdale Avenue
To make an appointment, please call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (800-448-3543) or go online to beadonor.com.
Dracula 3: The Path of the Dragon, a game produced by Microïds and developed by Kheops Studio, is the newest installment in the original Dracula series. Based on Bram Stoker's universe, Dracula 3 takes players to Europe on a suspenseful quest to discover the reality of vampires and come face-to-face with Dracula. As Father Arno Moriani, players must travel to Transylvania to investigate a potential candidate for sainthood. Along the way players are submerged into a gripping storyline with numerous challenging and engaging puzzles to solve that leads to a final confrontation with Dracula! More information for the game can be found at www.mysteryadventuregames.com.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross provides relief to victims of disasters at home and abroad, collects and distributes nearly half of the nation's blood supply, teaches lifesaving skills, and supports military members and families. The American Red Cross, a charity and not a government agency, depends on voluntary contributions of time, money and blood to perform its humanitarian mission. American Red Cross Northern California Blood Services Region provides blood to more than 30 hospitals each day. For additional information, please visit www.beadonor.com.
Based in Los Angeles, CA, Encore is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation, and a leading retail software publisher. As a result of strategic licensing agreements, the company publishes a broad range of award-winning utility, entertainment, education and productivity software titles. Publishing brands include Hoyle, Marine Aquarium, Family Tree Maker, 3D Home Architect, Advantage, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!; as well as the Riverdeep family of brands including The Print Shop, PrintMaster, Reader Rabbit and Mavis Beacon.
Navarre Corporation is a publisher and distributor of physical and digital home entertainment and multimedia products, including PC software, DVD video, video games and accessories. Additional information is available at http://www.navarre.com.
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Contact: Sara O’Brien
Phone: (510) 594-5205
Cell: (510) 773-2409
For more information about
Encore contact: Ashley Crabtree
Phone: (949) 459-2165