Grand prize winner Diane Richard and Francis Furniture Manager Kevin Romer.

GREENVILLE, Ohio – Winning the grand prize in the Community Blood Center (CBC) “Darke County Days” blood drive wasn’t just a nice surprise for Diane Richard of Pitsburg.  It was a stroke of luck for both her husband Clarence and their seven-month old grandson.

Diane and Clarence both made their regular donations on Sept. 18 at the Gordon United Methodist Church blood drive.  Anyone who registered to donate at a Darke Co. blood drive from Sept. 1 through Oct. 31 was automatically entered into the drawing to win a leather Lay-Z-boy recliner, a $1,000 value, from campaign sponsor Francis Furniture in Greenville.

“I didn’t even know there was a contest,” said Diane. “When Dana (CBC Rep. Dana Puterbaugh) called me it was a shock!”

“Everybody can use a recliner,” said Francis Furniture Manager Kevin Romer.  “I think doing something like this is a great way to do something good for the community.”

It’s definitely been good for the Richard household.  Francis gave Diane a choice of recliners in three different colors.  She chose a dark brown.  You could say she hasn’t seen it since.

“I can’t get my husband out of it!”  said Diane.  “He found out it rocks, and we have a seven-month old grandson who we take care of while his mother is at work. So grandpa rocks him!”


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