We Have A Winner! Drive Away a Hero winner Dirk Walter was among the 49,253 blood donors between June 1 and August 31 who were automatically entered to win the 2011 Jetta S donated by Valley Volkswagen dealers.
The winning moment was covered live on 3TV so that viewers across Arizona could witness the excitement. Check it out!
Meet all 9 Finalists . . .
Bonus Chance Entry Finalist, VW Showroom Raffle Box: A first-time Arizona donor, Diana Delgado of Chandler was motivated to donate when she saw a TV news story on holiday blood needs, so she rushed down to the Save Our Summer blood drive. She works as a vocational counselor for people who have been injured, so she understands the importance of an ample blood supply. “Donating is a nice thing to do that makes you feel good and you never know if you or someone in your family might need it.” She is so excited to be a finalist, as she shares her current car with three teenage daughters.
Bonus Chance Entry Finalist, VW On-line Registration: One gallon donor, Daniel Dale of Gilbert started giving blood as a student at Mesa Community College, and upon completing his finance studies, as an employee at the Gold Canyon International blood drive. It makes him feel good to give service to other people. “It’s their life on the line, and beyond the recipient, it’s their families who are benefiting.” A one-car family with a wife and three children, Danny is excited to be one of our finalists.
August Finalist, Glendale Donor Center: Donna Spychalski of Peoria first started giving blood in Illinois because her father-in-law liked to donate. She became a regular donor after the September 11th terrorist attacks, now with 13 Arizona donations to her credit. “I know I’m helping someone. It’s something simple I can do and is a great way to relax!” Donna and her husband, Ed, work for the Department of Public Safety.
August Finalist, Florence High School Blood Drive: Seven gallon blood donor Deborah Lopez of Florence started donating when her mom was ill and she wanted to make sure blood was available. Even though her mom passed away, she continued donating over the years. “Working for the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, I have seen the need from accident victims to our men and women of service.” Deborah needs a new vehicle, and although the Grand Prize Ceremony is on her sister’s birthday, this is one present she plans on keeping if she wins.
July Finalist, West Valley Donor Center: On July 14, Waddell resident Rosemary Vandervort was having a wonderful birthday. She had just gone to the movies and thought it would be nice to earn her 1-gallon pin on her special day. She thought about how proud her brother-in-law was when he earned his 5-gallon pin. She also remembered when he had cancer and needed a transfusion. Rosemary donates blood, just because it is the right thing to do. “I’m healthy and able to do it, so why wouldn’t I?”
July Finalist, SRP-ISB Blood Drive: A 43-time donor, Jill Darnell of Chandler started giving blood at the office because she liked the homemade treats. After a while, donating just became a habit that made her feel good. “It’s something that is really easy, doesn’t take much time and could make a big impact for someone who needs the blood.”
June Finalist, Airpark Donor Center: An 89-time donor, Scottsdale resident Dirk Walter was reminded of the need when his grandson had an accident and required numerous blood transfusions. Now that Dirk is a semi-retired forensic architect, his goal is to give the maximum allowable MAX platelet donations every year. When he got the call saying he was a finalist in the “Drive Away a Hero” campaign, he had just rented a Jetta while on vacation in Fargo. “I love Volkswagens and am a 3-time owner,” said Dirk.
June Finalist, RSI Blood Drive: Flint Rogers, a two-time donor who lives in Mesa, gives blood just because “it is an important thing to do.” He likes the idea of saving lives, and as an O-positive donor, 85 percent of patients can receive his blood. “It’s good to know that I can help a wide range of people.” Married with three young children, Flint graduates from RSI this summer and is really looking forward to the possibility of winning a new Volkswagen Jetta after he starts his new career in commercial air-conditioning.
Save Our Summer Event Finalist: Phoenix native Matthew Bernstein grew up watching his dad donate blood every eight weeks, so it was the natural thing for him to do when he was old enough to follow in his footsteps. With 12 donations on record, Matthew likes the good feeling he gets when he saves lives. “I do it just because it’s nice to give something back through a selfless act – it’s pretty awesome.” Matthew is a single dad who delivers pool products for a wholesale swimming supply company and is the proud father of a 9-year-old daughter.
Bonus Chance Entry Registration
is now officially closed
Thank you for your interest and participation in the 2011 Drive Away A Hero campaign. Online registration for this contest is now closed.
List of Valley Volkswagen Retailers. . .
Avondale - Larry Miller Volkswagen, 10205 W. Papago Fwy.
Gilbert - Berge Volkswagen, 385 W. Baseline Rd.
Gilbert - San Tan Volkswagen, 1489 E. Motorplex Loop
Peoria - Peoria Volkswagen, 8801 W. Bell Rd.
Phoenix - Camelback Volkswagen, 1499 W. Camelback Rd.
Phoenix - Volkswagen North Scottsdale, 7001 E. Chauncey Ln.
Scottsdale - Chapman Volkswagen, 6601 E. McDowell Rd.
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