The fifth annual Battle of the Bay Blood Drive will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at both Houchin Community Blood Bank locations, 5901 Truxtun Avenue and 11515 Bolthouse Drive in Bakersfield.

The event is organized by the Kern County Raiders Booster Club, along with the Kern County Niner Empire, Bakersfield Raider Nation Club, and Thee Empire Faithful SF 49er Booster Club. There will be a tailgate party at the Truxtun Donor Center during the event featuring delicious tailgate food for donors and fans.

These clubs are all coming together for a common goal: to save lives in our community. The public is invited to show their support for any favorite football team by donating blood, platelets or plasma during the event. Team Jerseys are encouraged! All donors that day, at either donor center, will be entered to win an exciting tailgate package, a BBQ grill with all the fixings!

For more information about Kern County’s Battle of The Bay Blood Drive, or to make an appointment, call 616- 2505. Platelet and plasma donors must reserve a chair at that number, but blood donors can just walk in. Donors must be in good health, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be 16 years of age or older. Donors under 18 must have a parental consent form, available at minors. 

For more information about blood donation call 323- 4222, or visit


  • Occurred Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm


Houchin Community Blood Bank