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Blood drive before Ducks game on Saturday

Quackerjack, the mascot of the Long Island ducks,

Quackerjack, the mascot of the Long Island ducks, turned out for the Harbor Country Day School's inaugural strawberry festival. (June 4, 2011) Photo Credit: Photo by T.C. McCarthy

The Long Island Ducks will hold their first blood drive of the season Saturday before hosting the Road Warriors at 7:05 p.m.

The blood drive will take place between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on the plaza at Bethpage Ballpark in Central Islip; coaches and Ducks players will be on hand to sign autographs, as will QuackerJack, the team mascot.

Anyone who donates blood will receive a voucher for two free tickets to an upcoming Ducks game, depending on seating availability.

The Ducks have held blood drives twice a season since 2008, said Lauren Brady, a spokesperson for the team. The next drive will take place at the end of the season.

Long Island Blood Services, a division of New York Blood Center, will be on hand at the event and requests that donors have a valid photo or signature identification and be between the ages of 16 and 75 and in good health. They should also weight at least 110 pounds.

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