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The Indianapolis Colts encourage Hoosiers to donate blood during the 19th annual Bleed Blue Blood drive and Holiday Fest. This is Indiana’s largest single day blood drive. The drive helps Indiana hospitals reach patients needs during the holiday season. This year’s goal is to collect 1,100 units of blood and more than 13,000 have been given since Bleed Blue’s inception. The drive will be 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 15 at Lucas Oil Stadium and includes on-field games, tours of the field and locker room, chances for prizes, movie showings of “The Elf and “The Santa Claus” on the 50-yard line and meeting Colts cheerleaders and the Colts mascot, Blue. Each donor receives a commemorative football featuring Colts head coach Frank Reich.

Donating blood takes an hour. Those age 17 or older in good health and meet eligibility requirements are encouraged to donate and those age 16 need parental consent. Photo ID with birth date is required. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment but walk-ins are welcome. Visit or call Indiana Blood Center at 317-916-5150 to schedule an appointment.

Steward Speakers announces “Year of the Woman” lecture series for 2019

Steward Speakers announced its “Year of the Woman” lecture series, featuring women who have made a significant impact in the lives of African-Americans and beyond. Guest speakers will be Amanda Seales, actress, comedian and radio personality; Angela Rye, attorney and political advocate; and actress, singer and director, Phylicia Rashad.  

Seales is founder and CEO of Diva Works Inc., a comedic production company which produces stage and screenplays. Seales works to empower young women, end racial discrimination and serves as social ambassador of Grenada. She appears in the anti-smoking campaign, Truth, and the HBO show “Insecure.” Seales will be the featured speaker on Feb. 21, 2019 at Indiana Landmark Center.

Rye is principal and CEO of the political advocacy firm IMPACT strategies, a CNN political commentator and an NPR political analyst. She is on the board of the Black Caucus Political Action Committee (CBCPAC) and Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network among others. Rye will be the featured speaker on March 4, 2019 at IUPUI.

Rashad, actress, singer and director, was the first Black actress to win the Tony Award for Best Actress for her role a Raisin in the Sun in 2004. She’s known for her role as Clair Huxtable on the hit sitcom “The Cosby Show,” which earned her two Emmy nominations. Rashad will be featured on May 9, 2019 at JW Marriott.

General admission tickets are $40-$60 for adults and $15 for students. VIP tickets, which include a private reception, for all three lectures are $150.

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