The management firm has partnered with the American Red Cross to have its properties host events that help fill the urgent need for blood and platelet donations during the pandemic. Already, 2,300 pints have been collected through nearly 100 drives held at more than 50 clubs nationwide, with many more scheduled for coming weeks. “When COVID hit, we lost a lot of our private business events,” says CEO David Pillsbury. “We can’t have big gatherings, but we have big banquet spaces, so we’re using it to spread people out during these drives. It’s kind of the perfect marriage.”
ClubCorp properties have already hosted nearly 100 blood drives at more than 50 of its clubs nationwide since March, with many more scheduled for coming weeks, as the management firm has partnered with the American Red Cross to devote unused banquet space to help fill the urgent need for blood and platelet donations during the pandemic.
“When COVID hit, we lost a lot of our private business events,” ClubCorp CEO David Pillsbury explained. “We can’t have big gatherings, but we have big banquet spaces, [so] we’re using it to spread [people] out to have these blood drives. It’s kind of the perfect marriage.”
“We know our members have a huge heart for their local communities and they’re always asking for ways they can make a difference,” Pillsbury added. “[So] we talked to the Red Cross and mobilized drives across the country.”
Already, ClubCorp reported, the drives it has organized have yielded 2,300 donated pints of blood, equating to 7,000 lives saved.
Donors can also learn whether they have COVID-19 antibodies when they donate blood, according to the American Red Cross’ website.
The blood drives held at the ClubCorp properties often include local publicity for the clubs, as was the case for a drive held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 18 at Oakmont Country Club in Corinth, Texas, which received advance notice in the Denton (Texas) Record-Chronicle.
ClubCorp has also set up a page on its website (https://www.clubcorpcoronavirusresponse.com/community) to publicize blood-drive events at its clubs as they added to the schedule, along with the safety measures that are followed at each drive.