Versailles blood donor Roger Grilliot will be “grilling a lot” this summer after winning the grand prize Char-Broil four-burner grill in the Community Blood Center (CBC) Darke County Days Blood Drive.
Everyone who registered to donate at any Darke County blood drive April 1 through May 31 was automatically entered into the drawing for the Char-Broil grill, sponsored by the Lowe’s on Wagner Ave. in Greenville. Roger put himself in the running when he made his 104th lifetime donation at the May 20 Knights of Columbus community blood drive in Versailles.
“We were needing a new grill, and it wouldn’t be long before we would be looking for one, but not something that elaborate!” said Roger as he talked about using the new Char-Broil in the summer cook-outs ahead. “I know there are certain family members that will want to help us break it in!”
CBC Darke County Rep. Dana Puterbaugh said the Darke County Days Blood Drive was a success with 1,450 people registering to donate in April and May. She credited Lowe’s with being a valuable partner in sponsoring the drive.
“Through the Lowe’s charitable and educational foundation we’ve donated money to support many worthwhile charitable causes over the years,” said Lowe’s Store Manager George Worrell. “Anything that benefits the community like a blood drive is a no-brainer.”
Roger has been donating blood with CBC since 1994 and because of his dedication has been recognized as a “Donor for Life.” He was inspired to become a donor by a friend. “One of my best friends was telling me he was going to give blood and it would be his fifth gallon donated,” he said. “I said, ‘I can do that.’ I went and gave blood and I’ve been donating ever since.”
Roger has gone far beyond his original goal. His 104th donation in May represented 13 gallons donated over his years as a donor. He agrees that he may be able to inspire friends to become blood donors when he invites them over for a summer cook-out.