Last updated: June 13. 2014 11:48AM - 154 Views
By - jbreger@civitasmedia.com



Bryan County Commissioner Tony Simmons and Durant City Manager Jim Dunegan ask everyone able to give blood to be a superhero and donate June 26.
Bryan County Commissioner Tony Simmons and Durant City Manager Jim Dunegan ask everyone able to give blood to be a superhero and donate June 26.
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The City of Durant and Bryan County prepare for battle in this year’s “City Versus County Blood Drive.” This will be the seventh time the two entities have competed to see who can get more people to donate blood.


City and county residents are asked to come between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. June 26 to the Durant City Hall. Donors sign in and designate which team they wish to credit.


On the city side, City Manager Jim Dunegan will head the competition. County Commission Chair Tony Simmons will lead the county side.


The running bet as of June 5 is that the members of the losing side must serve members of the winning side breakfast in their office.


Dunegan said he looks forward to having breakfast served to him.


“It’s a friendly wager, but we always like to win,” said Simmons.


He said his theme for the competition is superheroes because everyone can be a superhero when when giving blood.


“It helps bring folks together,” said Dunegan.


He said people see the importance of giving blood at these events. Dunegan noted that the county and city work together on a lot of things and this is just one of those collaborative projects.


“We’re all willing to have fun with it,” said Dunegan.


The city has won the competition for the past two years.


Donors will enjoy hot dogs courtesy of the Durant Fire Department at the event.


Two tickets to the Oklahoma City Zoo or two tickets to the July 24 Oklahoma City RedHawks baseball game will be awarded to each person who gives. Each blood donor also will receive a T-shirt.


- Jessica Breger can be reached at (580) 924-4388 ext. 116 or on Twitter @jbreger_news

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