Volunteer wins commissary shopping spree
June 6, 2013
WIESBADEN, Germany - As the seconds counted down, Diane Botill took off on a fast warm-up lap through the Wiesbaden Commissary.
Then it was time for the start, and as Army Community Service and Commissary staff members shouted, "three-two-one," this year's shopping spree winner sprinted off to fill as many shopping carts as possible in two minutes.
"This is for the benefit of the community," said Commissary Manager Kevin Kegler, thanking the Defense Commissary Agency's industry partners for their support of the annual shopping spree for the lucky volunteer selected during U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden's annual Volunteer Recognition Week. "The commissary's industry partners like having the opportunity to give a little bit back to the Soldiers and families for everything they do all year."
Botill, who volunteers for Cub Scout Pack 65 and Hainerberg Elementary School's Parent Teacher Organization, said she was planning on doing an arm swipe of certain items, but her children advised her in advance, "Mom, you can't just knock all this stuff off of the shelves."
As she raced from one section to the next -- concentrating on olive oil, laundry detergent and personal care items, her enthusiasm led to a swipe or two -- a few items not quite making it into the carts. But that didn't slow her down as she managed to rack up $1,345.04 in groceries and other products.
Botill, whose husband Maj. Blake Botill, 66th Military Intelligence Brigade, is currently deployed, said she was only a little sorry that she didn't have time to add some fish or meat to the carts before her time ran out.
Last year's shopping spree recipient, Jodi DeLeon, who now works at ACS, congratulated Botill, while proudly declaring she is still the titleholder, having gathered more than $1,777 worth of goods during her spree the year before. She added that the detergent she had won last spring was just now running out.