Stakes are high in blood drive challenge

Kurlyowicz to be ‘mohawked’ if 40 units are raised

Don Kurlyowicz has been through plenty in his long story of the Village of Cannonsburg. The owner of most of the business ventures in the village, Kurlyowicz happily gives back to the community all the time, but in a big way every two years with a village-wide celebration open to the public. The event has everything fun; this year a duathlon in addition to the other Labor Day weekend events.

Kurlyowicz has hosted the celebration for years and has seen thousands of happy people enjoy the little burg where life is simple like it is supposed to be. Things weren’t always so sunny, however, and Kurlyowicz remembers the darker early days—specifically October 19, 1985 when disgruntled former customers of the Honeycreek Inn shot out the windows of the restaurant while Kurlyowicz was inside preparing food.

“I can say I am the last man shot at in Cannonsburg,” he can now joke of the incident that forced his business partner to quit, telling Kurlyowicz it was too dangerous to stay.

Today Kurlyowicz faces a different possibility in his near future. His village is hosting a blood drive on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3. The Michigan Blood bus will be there, and their reserves are three weeks low. According to Kurlyowicz this is often the case in summertime when regular donors are out of town on vacation and need for blood is at a yearly peak.

“My goal is to hit 30 units,” Kurlyowicz stated. “I hope to go over and if we reach 40 I will get a mohawk,” he said.

If the drive reaches the wildly successful goal of 45 units of blood, Kurlyowicz will auction off the rights to pick the color of his mohawk, with proceeds going to the North Kent Community Services and Kid’s Food Basket.

“It just can’t be purple or pink,” Kurlyowicz specified, then relented, “It can be purple if someone donates five thousand dollars. Pink will cost ten grand.”

To sign up for the blood drive, make an appointment by calling Don at (616) 874-7849 or e-mail don@honeycreekinn.com. Walk-in donors will be accommodated as quickly as possible.

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