FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 4, 2012
PIQUA, Ohio –
When it comes to writing the giant, $1,000 check from sponsor US Bank to the
winning school in the Troy-Piqua Challenge, “Piqua” has become a rubber stamp.
The northern end of the traditional Miami Co. rivalry hasn’t lost the Community
Blood Center (CBC) blood drive competition since 1998. But claiming the prize
again this year might come down to Michael Blair’s vote.
aboard one of the two CBC Bloodmobiles stationed at the US Bank Piqua branch on
North College Street Wednesday, Oct. 3 for the final blood drive of the 2012
Challenge. “Piqua always seems to win,” he said and another victory would be “awesome.” Then he held up his paper ballot with the
large “X” he had made indicating his vote for Piqua and said, “What am I
supposed to do with this?”
brought along the ballot with his donor paperwork when he boarded the
Bloodmobile, instead of putting it in the ballot box. When he finished his ninth lifetime donation
he made a B-line for the registration table to cast his ballot officially. “I like to donate because every time I do I
get a phone call saying I saved a life,” Michael said. “And that’s awesome!”
out which community claimed the Troy-Piqua Challenge when US Bank presents the
check to the winning school right before kick-off of the Troy-Piqua football
game Friday, Oct. 26 in Piqua’s Wertz Stadium.
It may indeed be decided by a single vote. Troy emerged from the high school blood drive
competition with a four-vote lead and recruitment for the community drives has
been aggressive. Donors can vote for
either town at the community drives (The US Bank Troy branch drive was Monday,
Oct. 1) and the final tally is a well-guarded secret.
“I think it’s
fantastic,” US Bank Piqua Branch Manager Kathy Hildebrand said about the energy
in this year’s competition. “Everybody is always talking about the competition
between Piqua and Troy.”
kind of rivalry that motivated US Bank teller Laura Salisbury to put aside her
nervousness and become a first-time donor.
“We’re trying to get everybody out,” Laura said. “Hopefully we’ll win!”
Asbury knows the value of blood donations first hand from her work as a
Kettering Medical Center nurse. She’s
from Covington, and her vote at the Piqua drive went to Troy. “Don’t tell
anyone,” she whispered. “My husband’s a
was 16-year-old Robert Miller, a sophomore at Piqua High School who wasn’t
eligible to donate yet when the campus drive was held last week. “When I found out I couldn’t donate I also
found out I would be able to donate this week!” he said.
Miami Co. history
is what makes the Troy-Piqua rivalry so rich. The blood drive is in its 15th year
and the football rivalry dates back to 1899, one of the oldest in the
state. That’s not lost on Jack
Greggerson who taught history for 30 years at Bennett Junior High School. Now he’s the canal boat captain at the Ohio
Historical Society’s Johnston Farm and Indian Agency.
his 10th lifetime donation at the drive and chose a red arm bandage
that matches his shirt and bright red suspenders. He had just come from guiding a group of
third and fourth graders from Immaculate Conception School down the historic
Bloodmobile is in town and I’m available I donate,” Jack said with a smile. “I’m
pulling for our town!”
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