WEST CARROLLTON, Ohio - It wasn't only basketball that got fans on their feet during the Feb. 7 meeting of rivals West Carrollton and Miamisburg High Schools at WCHS. The rivals came together to help others with the presentation of a $1,000 "Unity in the Community" award to Bogg ("Because of God's Grace") Ministries.
Unity Campaign sponsor Universal 1 Credit Union awarded $500 to each school for hosting a Community Blood Center "Unity in the Community" blood drive in the fall. The schools traditionally combine the awards and alternate choosing a charitable organization as the recipient. As host of the game, West Carrollton chose Bogg Ministries to receive the $1,000 award.
Bogg is a non-profit organization that provides food, clothing, and other essentials to people in Miamisburg and the greater Dayton area. Bogg began in 2010 and has gone from feeding four families a week to more than 1,500 people a month. Learn more at www.thebogg.org.
"It's a new organization for us that we weren't familiar with until some Student Council members brought it up," said Student Council advisor and blood drive coordinator P.J. Babb. "They're serving West Carrollton and the Dayton area so it fits. It benefits both."
BOGG Ministries volunteer Calvin Moran accepted the award from Universal 1 Credit Union's Mary Cook; CBC's Donna Teuscher; West Carrollton Student Council President Shea Shelton, Junior Class Secretary-Treasurer Shelby Wolf, advisor PJ Babb; Miamisburg High School Principal Craig Morris, Student Body President Ryan Slaughenhaupt, and Senior Class Governor Kaylee Elkins.
Miamisburg hosted a Unity blood drive on Nov. 18, 2016 followed by the West Carrollton Unity blood drive on Dec. 2, 2016. The combined West Carrollton and Miamisburg Unity blood drives resulted in 245 donor registrations, 183 first-time donors, and 195 blood donations.