Give the gift of life with WCIA 3 News in memory of WCIA’s Dave Benton and Robert Reese. The blood drive will be held at multiple locations on Thursday Dec. 29, so check below to find one near you! Appointments are Required. Click below to schedule yours.

(List of Nearby Locations, Dates, and Times)

-Market Place Plaza (former Gordmans/Dress Barn locations)
1901 N. Market St., Champaign

Thursday, December 29, 2022
9 am-4 pm

-Urbana Donor Center
1408 W. University Ave., Urbana

Thursday, December 29, 2022
9 am-4 pm

-Springfield Donor Center 1999 Wabash Ave., Suite 100, Springfield Thursday, December 29th, 2022 9 am-4 pm

-Danville Elks Donor Center
300 E. Liberty Lane, Danville

Thursday, December 29, 2022 9 am-4 pm

-Mattoon Donor Center
700 Broadway Ave. East, Suite 36, Mattoon

Thursday, December 29th, 2022
9 am-4 pm


Here is a little background on WCIA Channel 3 and the 2 TV personalities who this drive is in honor of.  Both of these individuals lost their very public battles with cancer.

-WCIA Channel 3:  WCIA has been in operation since 1953 and is considered the “hometown” station for Champaign-Urbana and the surrounding areas. The viewing area for WCIA mirrors the CBSI and CICBC service areas with key audiences in Champaign/Urbana, Springfield, Danville and Mattoon. The station has a stellar reputation as being one of the most community driven and has sponsored many successful public service and charitable events throughout the year including: Operation Honor Guard (sending senior veterans to the war memorials in DC); A Day of Giving benefiting Big Bros. Big Sisters; Pounds for Pets (pet food drive), etc.

-Dave Benton: An Illinois television news anchor who continued to work while he struggled with brain cancer has died (May 2015). WCIA-TV news director Andy Miller said Dave Benton died at home in Champaign. Benton was 52.

Benton told viewers he had been told he had four to six months to live but planned to work as long as possible. He left the air in April after more than nine years at the Champaign television station. Miller said hundreds of viewers sent Facebook comments mourning Benton to WCIA. Miller called Benton a model for working as a newsman and for handling terminal illness with grace.  Benton is survived by a wife and two adult children. He grew up in Addison, a Chicago suburb, and graduated from Northern Illinois University.

-Robert Reese: In 2012 Robert Reese lost his battle with pneumonia and cancer. He was 50. Robert was the chief meteorologist at WCIA in Champaign, Ill., and he was also a regular blood donor. Robert actually found out that he had cancer after he had been deferred from donating blood on a few occasions at CBSI and was referred to a doctor. By doing this, Robert extended his life by being able to initially fight off the cancer he was diagnosed with. WCIA anchor Jennifer Roscoe announced his death in the evening’s newscast, saying, “It is with great sadness and heartbreak that I have to tell you this tonight. I hoped I never would.” She described Reese as “a weather geek, a music lover, a car nut and most importantly, our friend.” Reese, the morning and noon meteorologist, was last on the air in early September. His Facebook page was flooded with comments and memories from WCIA.

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