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Civic Center hosts special blood drive for former mayor’s son in law

The Newport Beach Civic Center is hosting a special blood drive in partnership with the Southern California Blood Bank, a division of San Diego Blood Bank, on Tuesday, Feb. 1 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Donors can donate on behalf of Eric Proul, former Newport Beach Mayor Dennis O’Neil’s son in law, noting patient code EP21. Proud was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia which requires him to receive regular red blood and platelet transfusions. He is grateful to the blood donors who keep him healthy while he waits for a bone marrow transplant. Proul’s mother-in-law Thais O’Neil, who resides in Newport Beach, asked for a blood drive to be held here.

If donors are unable to donate on this day, they can go to the new, permanent Southern California Blood Bank donation location at the Irvine Business District, 7 Corporate Park, Suite 130, Irvine.

Anyone 17 and older, who weighs at least 114 pounds and is in good health may be eligible to donate blood. A good meal and plenty of fluids are recommended prior to donation. Appointments are strongly encouraged. Photo identification is required.

For more information, visit or call 1.844.380.5220.

The Civic Center is located at 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach. The Bloodmobile will be parked by the Community Room.