Did you know that more than 250 donors are needed every day to meet the needs of hospital patients throughout Southern Nevada? As part of an incentive to encourage communities to donate and make a positive difference, CSI: The Experience is partnering with United Blood Services to host a blood drive Saturday, March 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at MGM Grand. All donors will receive a complimentary ticket to check out the intriguing and hands-on exhibit, CSI: The Experience between March 26 and April 9, 2011.

“We hope that this partnership will help encourage the community to donate,” says Jeff Pluth, General Manager of CSI: The Experience. “In return, donors will be given an opportunity to play the role of crime scene investigator as they crack the case in our fascinating and interactive exhibit.”

According to United Blood Services, over 200 pints of blood must be collected from donors each day to meet patient needs in Las Vegas alone.

Las Vegas Blood Collection Statistics:
* The national average for blood collection is 5%; Las Vegas average is 2.5%
* United Blood Services is the only blood collection organization in Las Vegas and serves more than 21 hospitals in Southern Nevada and Northern Arizona
* Less than 2% of the Las Vegas population gives blood on a regular basis, although it is estimated that 72% are eligible to donate
* Most donors can give up to six times a year, but 65% of existing donors give only once a year

Based on the hit CBS show, CSI: The Experience displays true-to-life mysteries inviting guests to crack the case in a thrilling and engaging environment. Through hands-on activities and using real equipment, patrons are given the tools to gather the evidence, investigate the scene and solve the crime. Spanning 12,000 square feet and featuring thousands of hand-made props, CSI: The Experience places guests in the role of crime scene investigator as they solve one of three intriguing crime scenes.

Located along MGM Grand’s Studio Walk, CSI: The Experience is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with the last tour happening at 9 p.m. General admission is $30 per person and special group pricing is available for parties of 15 or more. Advance ticket purchases are recommended. CSI: The Experience is designed for guests 12 years of age or older. For more information, call MGM Grand at (702) 891-1111

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