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April 15, 2014

Blood drive to honor Kathy Dingo

Event planned for what would have been local leader's 65th birthday

Kathy Dingo felt strongly about giving back to the Logansport community. And now, the community has a chance to do the same in her honor.

A blood drive will be held in Dingo’s memory from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 23. The date of the blood drives holds special significance in that it would have been Dingo’s 65th birthday.

Dingo lost her battle to cancer in December 2013.

“Kathy loved Logansport,” said Becki Harris, executive director of Logan’s Landing. “She saw long range and big picture for the development and improvement of Logansport.

“Kathy didn’t delegate. She would just jump in, roll up her sleeves and do it,” said Harris, who worked with Dingo for more than five years. “There was nothing she would ask of someone that she herself would not do. If trash needed to be picked up along the sides of the streets, Kathy could be found helping right along with everyone else,” Harris said.

Dingo and her best friend, Pam Leeman, were inseparable in their efforts to revitalize the downtown area. Creating the event Dancing with Our Stars, the annual fundraiser allowed for the completion of many projects.

Dingo was also the brainchild behind the hanging flower baskets and trees along streets in downtown Logansport.

Dingo’s family is holding the April 23 blood drive to continue to help the community Dingo loved so much as well as provide an opportunity to give life to others by means of blood donation, according to a press release from the American Red Cross. The event will be held at Mike Anderson Dodge Chrysler Jeep, 417 S. Third St.

To schedule an appointment to donate, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org for more information. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in Indiana), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.

If you go: What: Blood drive in memory of Kathy Dingo When: 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 23 Where: Mike Anderson Dodge Chrysler Jeep, 417 S. Third St., Logansport. Contact: To schedule an appointment to donate, call 1-800-RED CROSS or go to redcrossblood.org

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