All Customers who Donate Blood Receive a Complimentary Bloody Mary
Following the end of National Volunteer Blood Donor Month the February, Brandon Testa, owner of Craftsman bar, wanted a way to help an organization that helps so many others in a variety of ways. After brainstorming one evening, the idea came to him to give blood for a bloody mary. Until March 31st, the proceeds of all bloody mary sales will be donated to the Blood Center of Central Texas.
Any guest who donates blood until March 31st, and brings proof of their donation, will receive a complimentary bloody mary. Craftsman emphasizes, however, that donors are discouraged from consuming alcohol the day of their donation.
“I know countless people who have family members or friends whose lives were saved thanks to organizations that provide blood like the Blood Center of Central Texas,” said Testa. “We thought a natural fit to help such an important organization would be to donate the proceeds of bloody mary sales, one of our most popular and delicious selections on our menu.”
Craftsman sought out the partnership with the Blood Center of Central Austin, as they are the exclusive provider and guardian of the community blood supply for 39 medical facilities throughout a ten-county service area of Central Texas. After meeting with the Blood Center of Central Austin, Testa and his crew decided to encourage customers to donate blood during February and March, as this is the time period blood donations decrease the most annually.
“The Blood Center appreciates and depends on support from local businesses to help defray operating costs and spread the word about the importance of blood donation,” said Kelsey Randle, the Community Outreach Supervisor for the Blood Center of Central Austin. “We need approximately 200 donations per week to meet the needs in our community. If individuals donated four times per year, blood shortages would be virtually non-existent.”
Craftsman’s bloody mary is house-made with their own spices, tomato juice, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and Tito’s Vodka. To compliment the brunch favorite, Craftsman recently launched a brand new ‘Sunday Funday’ brunch menu comprised of four authentic Mexican selections including Huevos Rancheros for $5.99, Huevos a la Mexicana for $5.99, Tacos Don Chago for $3, and a vegetarian option of Tacos Mi Madre for $3.
“We want to emphasize that even if you’re not a fan of bloody marys, we really hope you can get out to donate blood during this vital time of year,” said Testa. “Just one blood donation can help to save three lives, and its one of the simplest and safest ways to help someone in need.”
To learn more about how you can help the Blood and Tissue Center of Central Texas and all of the services they provide, visit http://inyourhands.org. To learn more about Craftsman, located at 2000 East Caesar Chavez Street, and all of their upcoming events, visit http://craftsmanbar.com.