FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 26, 2012
DAYTON, Ohio – Those Miami County rivals are at it
again. The annual US Bank, Community
Blood Center (CBC) Troy-Piqua Challenge Blood Drive is underway with a new show
of determination for recruiting the most donors for the blood drive and scoring
the most points on the football field.
The two communities shared bragging rights last year with
Piqua claiming the blood drive title and Troy winning the rivalry game. It was the same split the year before, but
this year each side is hoping for a sweep.
Troy High School launched the competition with a campus
blood drive on Monday, Sept. 24.
“At the end of the day if we generate more pints of blood,
whether we win or lose, it’s still positive for the Community Blood Center,”
said Troy High School’s new principal Bill Overla. “It’s a healthy competition. If you live in
this community and know anything about this rivalry, you just want to win.”
Piqua High School followed with its campus blood drive on
Wednesday, Sept. 26. “I’m excited over
the amazing turnout with our students willing to donate and the positive effect
it has on our community,” said Piqua High School Principal Tony Lyons who has
seen his school help win the blood drive competition the last two years. “Win
or lose, it’s nice for the community.”
The community blood drives at the US Bank branches follow
the high school drives and will help determine the champion. The US Bank -Troy branch will host a drive
Monday Oct. 1, followed by the US Bank - Piqua branch drive on Wednesday, Oct.
3. Operating hours for both drives is 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. All donors are encouraged to schedule an
appointment at www.DonorTime.com.
Anyone who registers
to donate at the US Bank drives can designate their “vote” for either
community. The community “votes” will be
combined with the high school totals and the winner will be announced before
kick-off at the Troy-Piqua football game Friday, Oct. 26 at Piqua High School’s
The game will be the 128th renewal of the
rivalry, one of the oldest in the state.
This marks the 15th year US Bank has served as
host and sponsor of the Troy-Piqua Challenge.
US Bank will award a $1,000 check to the winning high school for
purchase of educational materials and equipment.
“US Bank is thrilled to play a role in this tremendous
event,” said US Bank District Manager Pete Bardonaro. “Each year we look forward to the success of
this event. The many lives that are
greatly impacted by this generous giving make this event a winner for both
communities time and time again. The
success of this event is driven by the community and school spirit displayed
between Piqua and Troy. In the end,
there are only winners. Thank you to
US Bank – CBC
Troy-Piqua Challenge Community Blood Drives:
Oct. 1 – US Bank-Troy; 910 W. Main Street, Troy; 12 p.m. – 6
Oct. 3 – US Bank-Piqua; 200 N. College Street, Piqua; 12
p.m. – 6 p.m.
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