Mary Thorpe 101 LTD UD Afghan winner


Congratulations to Kettering donor Mary Thorpe, winner of the drawing for Fran Duell’s hand-crafted University of Dayton “March Madness” afghan.

Mary entered the drawing when she made her 101st lifetime donation on March 28. Mary was still celebrating her milestone 100th donation and the satisfaction of receiving the “Donor for Life – 100 LTD” jacket.  Winning the afghan was a true bonus.

“My dad went to UD and my son went there for two years, he was a high school scholar, and transferred to Ohio University,” she said.  She was compelled to enter the drawing after admiring Fran’s handiwork when the blanket was on display in the Donor Room. “My grandmother crocheted, she did the ripple (design) and I like that,” she said.  “It’s very well done. I’d really like to thank her.”

Fran is a long-time blood donor and Community Blood Center supporter. She traditionally designs the UD Afghan in the school’s original team colors for a drawing during the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Everyone who registered to donate at the Dayton CBC Donor Center could enter the drawing.

Even some die-hard Flyer fans may not know that UD’s original team colors were not dark blue and red. Back when Fran was a UD student (class of ’66) the team used a light blue with red. “They called it Columbia blue when I was in school,” Fran said.

The Flyer-designed blanket is one of many afghans Fran traditionally creates for CBC and other charitable organizations to use as a prize for donor raffles.  Last year she made an “Alaska State Flag Afghan” for the summer “Wild About Alaska” blood drive. She also made her traditional pink October Breast Cancer Awareness Month blanket and the November scarlet and grey “OSU Buckeyes Afghan” for donor drawings.


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