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DOVER, Del. (Aug. 20, 2021) – Dover International Speedway and Dover Downs Hotel & Casino paid tribute to the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks with the 16th Annual 9/11 Memorial Blood Drive heldo on Friday, September 10.

Blood Collection Technician Adrea Haughton takes care of double red cells donor Buddy Lloyd at the 16th Annual 9/11 Memorial Blood Drive.

State Treasurer Colleen Davis gets ready to give whole blood at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino on Friday, September 10.

This marked the 16th consecutive year that Dover International Speedway and the Blood Bank of Delmarva partnered together for this event, dating to 2006. This year's drive drew from 90 donors, which was outstanding.

Anne Marie O'Donnell gives at the 16th Annual 9/11 Memorial Blood Drive held in Dover Downs Hotel & Casino.

Amy Brennen raises her arm after she finishes giving whole blood at the Dover International Speedway's 9/11 Memorial Blood Drive.

A mix of Dover International Speedway employees, Dover Downs Hotel & Casino employees and local residents comprised the bulk of the donors.

Dover International Speedway Vice President of Marketing and Communications Gary Camp was among those giving blood.

“We’re thrilled to be able to serve as the host for this event every year,” said Gary, whose O positive blood is the most sought after type in America. “Sixteen years we’ve been collaborating with the Blood Bank to put this on, and ever since it started it’s been a source of pride for our team to be able to keep the tradition alive. I’ve think we’ve been able to make a dent and help folks in need.”

Colleen Davis, Treasurer for the State of Delaware, was also among the donors at Dover International Speedway’s 9/11 Memorial Blood Drive. State Treasurer Davis lost a relative who was a New York firefighter on September 11.

“I am so appreciative that organizations like the Blood Bank and a variety of others up and down the state have taken the time to remember those individuals and memorialize this day," Treasurer Davis said.

Dover Downs employee Jessica Wakefield said she donates blood as much as she can.

“I recently had a family member who has been in the hospital for over a month now battling COVID-19 Pneumonia, and he goes through transfusions quite frequently,” Jessica said. “Luckily for him they’ve always had blood available. That’s not always the case, so this one is extra important to me because of the situation my cousin is facing."

Dover Downs employee Natasha Stewart said, “My Mom needed blood transfusions and somebody saved her life. So, I can save somebody else’s. Nobody knows the situation they may be in. You never know.”

Dover resident Robyn Beenick donates blood regularly throughout the year and at the 9/11 Memorial Blood Drive. “I am healthy so I pay it forward by donating blood. That’s why I’m here today. I’ve been doing it since I was 19. My Dad was always big on us donating blood. It’s a positive that I can donate today. I like to do it on the anniversary of 9/11.”

Dover International Speedway employee Lisa Beddle gives whole blood.

Dover Downs employee Katie Jackson rests in the canteen with her mother, Sandra Lewis, after both gave blood Friday, September 10.

Dover International Speedway Assistant Vice President of Marketing and Communications Gary Camp gives whole blood on Friday, September 10.

Dover Downs employee Jessica Wakefield gives with Blood Collection Tech Marsha Needham.

In appreciation to those who donate, regular drawings were held to award tickets for next year’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Dover International Speedway, an annual 200-lap event featuring some of America’s top drivers. All donors were also given the handsome 16th Annual Dover International Speedway 9/11 Memorial Blood Drive T-shirt featuring the Monster Mile, the American Flag and the Twin Towers in New York City.

Felton, Delaware, resident Neil Casswell said, “I’ve always wanted to give blood but I was always so busy. Now that I’m retired, I have more time. I’m only 15 minutes away from [Dover International Speedway] and I want one of those commemorative T-shirts.”

Blood Collection Technician Bria Borders and Volunteer Dave Myers work hard at the 16th Annual 9/11 Memorial Blood Drive.

Blood Collection Technicians Chelsea Akers and Samantha Doss model the 16th Annual Dover International Speedway 9/11 Memorial Blood Drive T-shirt.

Blood from volunteer donors is needed every two seconds to help meet the daily transfusion needs of cancer and surgery patients, accident and burn victims, newborns and mothers delivering babies, sickle cell anemia patients, and many more.

Dover, Delaware, resident Julianne Shockley donated blood for the first time 20 years on September 11, 2001 at the age of 17 here in Delmarva. Like many of her fellow Americans, she wanted to help in some way. So, she called her mother and asked if she could give blood. Julianne has been a regular blood donor since that solemn event.

“We spent about five hours that day waiting at the Dover Donor Center,” Jullianne said. “People were ordering pizza and McDonald’s to make sure we were okay. … Every year since, I’ve at least tried to come as often as possible to give blood.”

Dover International Speedway employees Terry Herbein and Lisa Beddle also give just blood annually at the 9/11 Memorial Blood Drive.

“This is just a great event and opportunity to come out and give back,” Lisa said. “I do this every year. It’s just a solemn day.”

Added Terry, “It’s an awesome thing to be able to donate for the 9/11 cause.”

Robyn Beenick gives whole blood.

William Walker takes a photo with Blood Bank of Delmarva Manager Donor Collections-Mobile Vivian Powell.

Blood Bank of Delmarva crew members Samantha Doss, Adrea Haughton, Matt Minakowski and Chelsea Akers gather for a picture.

Rizaldy Batman gives whole blood.

Julianne Shockley first gave blood on September 11, 2001 and she's been a regular since.

Dover Downs employee Jason Mollohan gave whole blood.

We also celebrated Blood Collectors Week this last week of September.

Francis Latocha gives with Blood Collection Technician III Chelsea Akers.

The second shift of volunteers takes over.

The first shift of volunteers prepares to take care of donors at Dover Downs.

Blood Collection Technician Marsha Needham bandages donor Donna Mingo's arm.

Danielle Hendrickson gives at the 9/11 Memorial Blood Drive held at Dover Downs.

Delaware State Treasurer Colleen Davis gives with Blood Collection Technician Ariel Alexander.

Christine Bohner gives whole blood with Supervisor, Collections Jesse Latham.

Blood Collection Technician III Chelsea Akers prepares at the beginning for the successful 9/11 Memorial Blood Drive.

Carl Ward gives with Blood Collection Technician II Adrea Haughton.

Betsy Cooper gives double red cells with Blood Collection Technician III Chelsea Akers.

Dover International Speedway's 16th Annual 9/11 Memorial Blood Drive drew 90 donors to Dover Downs Hotel & Casino.

Blood Bank of Delmarva supervisors and phlebotomists work hard on Friday, September 10 in the Diamond Rooms of Dover Downs.

Charlotte Piegaro gives blood at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino.

Special thanks to WBOC and the Delaware State News for covering the blood drive, as well as other media outlets for advancing the event. Please see coverage below.

State Treasurer Colleen Davis and blood donor Buddy Lloyd sign in at the 9/11 Memorial Blood Drive.

Shane Breakie Vice President of Chesapeake Utilities, is photographed by Delaware State News.

Dover Downs employee Natasha Stewart gives at the blood drive. Thank you!

Dover Downs Human Resources Director Melissa Cullen donates at the 9/11 Memorial Blood Drive every year.

Blood Collection Technician I Mary Adkins at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino.

Katie Gillis gives with Blood Collection Technician I Bria Borders.

Karen Caballero donates at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino.

Delaware State News (newsmemory.com)

(5) Facebook Live | WBOCDelmarva’s News Leader

7 Memorials and Events Honoring 9/11 Throughout Delaware (delawaretoday.com)

9/11 memorial anniversary events in Delaware this weekend (delawareonline.com)

Never forget: Several 9/11 memorial services set Saturday throughout Delaware | Bay to Bay News

WBOC photographer Lenny films Samantha Doss and Chelsea Akers in the double red cell section.

Blood Collection Technician I Lee Delorme takes care of Wayne Baldwin in Dover, Delaware.

Trish Geary checks on her boss, Terry Herbein, of Dover International Speedway, as he gives blood.

Terry Herbein and Lisa Beddle, Dover International Speedway employees, give blood.

Terri Kokoszka gives whole blood.

Teresa Dessin gives blood with a smile.

Blood Bank of Delmarva's Paul Kuloszewksi and Pete Lebengood (Facilities) delivered the Blood Collectors Week cake.

Novelita Mendoza gave whole blood on Friday, September 10. Thank you and thanks to all our donors.

Volunteers Nona McNatt and Melanie Baylis took care of our donors in the canteen on Friday, September 10.

Neil Caswell is all smiles as he gets ready to donate whole blood in Dover, Delaware.

Double red cells donor Marcus Glanden gives the thumbs up with Chelsea Akers of Blood Bank of Delmarva.

Lee Robbins, Logistics Driver for Blood Bank of Delmarva, shows off his 9/11 Memorial Blood Drive T-shirt.

Larry DiGuiseppe donates with Blood Collection Technician Monique.

Kevin Domroe registers to donate with Warren Kennedy and John Toll of Blood Bank of Delmarva.