Ortiz may be known as “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy,” but much of his time and energy outside the fighting arena is dedicated to charitable activities. Through the “Ultimate Blood Drive II,” he helped United Blood Services knock out the traditional decline in donations over the last Labor Day holiday. Ortiz challenged his fans to step up and save lives. “Some fans look up to me as a hero, but here’s a chance for everyone to be real heroes and save lives,” he said.
Ortiz signed on as host of the “Ultimate Blood Drive II” on Sunday, September 2, at Glendale Community College. All donors who joined his fight to save lives met Ortiz and received a personalized autographed photo of the champ. Participants were entered into drawings for apparel from his Punishment Athletics clothing line and a limited edition lithograph photograph. One ultimate donor won lunch with Ortiz in appreciation for joining his crusade!
The ultimate donor lunch winner was Christopher Rennie of Glendale, Arizona. The luncheon took place Sunday, February 10 at Tommy Bahama’s Restaurant in Scottsdale, Arizona. Spending the afternoon having lunch with the champ Ortiz was a special event for Rennie, who is in the United States Army. Rennie was being deployed to Iraq that Sunday evening. The special meal and conversations with Ortiz was a great send off for Rennie, in lieu of family who are in Pittsburgh. The party included:
Tito Ortiz, Mixed Martial Arts Champ
Kristin Ortiz, President, Punishment Athletics Enterprises Inc.
Carla Fields, Director of Donor Recruitment, United Blood Services
Jeanette Nicely, Donor Recruitment Manager, United Blood Services
Congratulations to Christopher Rennie for winning and our deepest gratitude for saving lives both in Arizona and Iraq. He is truly a champ and hero not only for being a regular blood donor, but for supporting our country by putting himself in harms way for all of us.