Appalachian Blood Services Region
The challenge was issued and the two marching bands from ACC rivals Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech accepted.
In true college marching band fashion the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Marching Virginians of Virginia Tech spirited their respective schools into an intense competition but this time it didn’t involve a football or basketball.
They were out for blood, voluntarily donated blood, of course.
It was the first annual Blood Drive Challenge between the two bands and the victor took home the prized trophy. Each of the bands had a goal to shoot for and when the music ended the Marching Virginians had achieved 4% more of their goal then the Yellow Jackets.
In all 273 pints of blood were donated and everyone was a winner as these fine young people, representing two great schools, contributed greatly to the health and well being of hundreds in their community.
Left to Right: Mario Sedlock, Director, Donor Recruitment, American Red Cross Southern Blood Services Region; Bob Eaton, CEO, American Red Cross Appalachian Blood Services Region; Tom Billheimer, Virginia Tech and “The Marching Virginians” alumni, class of 2008; Mary Billheimer, Virginia Tech and “The Marching Virginians” alumni, class of 2008; Lauren Schmidt, student at Georgia Tech and member of “The Yellow Jacket Pep Band”