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American Red Cross Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region Names Anthony Tornetta Regional Communications Manager

Saturday, December 20, 2008 General News J E 4
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PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 19 The American Red Cross Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region has named Anthony C. Tornetta Regional Communications Manager.



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Tornetta will provide strategic communications support that includes new business development, implementing initiatives to increase awareness of the need for blood and blood donations throughout the region.



Before joining American Red Cross, Tornetta served as a public relations account manager at Godfrey, a nationally ranked business-to-business marketing communications agency.



"I've always admired and respected the efforts of the Red Cross, I am honored to be a part of the team and excited about what I am able to bring to the table that will only further this organization's mission," explains Tornetta.



Tornetta began his career in communications while serving as an assistant public affairs officer with the U.S. Navy. He has a bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Maryland University College.



Blood drives are held seven days a week in communities across the region. To make an immediate appointment for an American Red Cross blood drive this week, please call 1-800-GIVE LIFE (1-800-448-3543), or visit www.pleasegiveblood.org to find a listing of community blood drives.



Most healthy people who are at least 17 years old and weigh 110 pounds or more are eligible to donate whole blood every 56 days. In January of 2008 a law went into effect in the state of Pennsylvania that allows 16-year-old donors to donate blood with parental or legal guardian written consent. Donors can give blood at any one of nearly 200 blood drives sponsored by business and community groups in southeastern Pennsylvania and in New Jersey weekly, or at one of nine community donor centers.





SOURCE American Red Cross, Penn-Jersey Region
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