More blood transfusions are required in January than during any other month of the year.  

That’s why The Thunderbirds, the hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, have stepped up to make sure that 2023 starts out on par for patients across Arizona.  

All donors through Jan. 13 will receive a voucher for a free ticket to the Waste Management Phoenix Open in appreciation for replenishing Arizona’s blood supply following the holiday season.  

Billed as “The People’s Open,” the greatest show on grass will be held at the TPC Scottsdale from Monday, Feb. 6, to Sunday, Feb. 12. Also, donors who give blood by Jan. 20 will be automatically entered into Vitalant’s Big Trip to the Big Game Giveaway to win tickets and travel. For more information, visit To make a blood donation appointment, download the Vitalant app, visit or call 1-877-25-VITAL (1-877-258-4825). 

The partnership between Vitalant and the Thunderbirds began more than 15 years ago and has grown to become one of the most popular “thank-you” gifts received by donors throughout the year.  

“We hope to encourage more blood donations while people are still focused on the spirit of giving,” said Sid Lewis, vice president of the Vitalant Southwest Division.  

“The gift of life is the most important gift of all and doesn’t cost anything, except a little of your time.”

The Phoenix Donor Center is located at 5757 N. Black Canyon Highway, Bethany Home Road and the I-17, Phoenix. 

•7 to 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 9, at HonorHealth Deer Valley, MOB 400, 19841 N. 27th Avenue

•Noon to 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, at Quail Run Behavioral Health, Bloodmobile, 2545 W. Quail Avenue

•9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, Focal Point Rejuvenation Center, Bloodmobile, 7025 E. Mayo Boulevard

•8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, Scottsdale 101 Auto Collection, BMW Training Room, 18018 N. Scottsdale Road

•8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, Scottsdale 101 Auto Collection, Bloodmobile in northwest lot, 7015 E. Chauncey Lane