2013 Camp Out for Hunger
It’s hard to believe that another year of WMMR’s Preston and Steve Camp Out for Hunger has come and gone! 2013 was a special year for the event, ushering new changes to the annual week-long food drive and fundraiser. WMMR’s morning show set up their RV and camped out at XFINITY Live! at the Sports Complex in South Philadelphia this year, where they broadcasted their morning show from Monday, December 2 through Friday, December 5.
Weeks before the event, organizations such as ACME Markets, First Niagara and AT&T worked together to create a head start program to encourage people to start donating before the event kicked off. ACME shoppers were able to purchase food donations and contribute to Camp Out while shopping during the month of November, and local First Niagara locations collected financial donations. AT&T also made donations throughout the month of October for every person who took the ‘No Driving and Texting Pledge”.
Throughout the week, our WMMR listeners came down to support Philabundance through Camp Out each day ready to fight hunger. Supporters were able to purchase bags of food to donate through the ACME Mobile Market, in addition to bringing food and financial donations from home. Local companies also did their part in supporting Camp Out for Hunger by donating thousands of pounds of food. Dietz & Watson donated 12, 900 lbs., Subaru donated 341,029 lbs. and Acme donated a whopping 108,359 lbs.! We also received generous financial contributions from our friends at First Niagara Bank, who donated $25,000, and Comcast Spectator who donated $20,865, among countless other generous donations from companies across the region!
This year, multiple businesses competed in the Camp Out for Businesses Challenge. Our winners for the 2013 challenge are
- First Place: Subaru of America with 341, 029 lbs.
- Second Place: Depuy Synthes (West Chester) with 11, 243 lbs.
- Third Place: Second Street Irish Society with 4,613 lbs
Throughout the event, countless supporters made contributions to aid us in the fight against hunger Our winners for the 2013 Daily Individual Contributions by day are:
- Monday: William Kraenbring with 1,434 lbs.
- Tuesday: Stephanie Singer with 445 lbs.
- Wednesday: Lisa D’Annunzio with 10, 668 lbs.
- Thursday: Harry Downey with 5,263 lbs
In 2012, Camp Out for Hunger raised 627,678 pounds, and almost $90,000 in monetary donations equaling a total of 805,644 meals in total, the 2013 Camp Out for Hunger raised 772,461 LBS. of food and $241,521 in monetary donations which is equivalent to 1, 255,503 meals for families in need! That is a 55% increase of meals from last year!
Thank you to WMMR, Eric Simon, Preston Elliot, Steve Morrison, Casey “CaseyBoy” Foster, Nick McIlwain, Kathy Romano, Marisa Magnatta, all of the Camp Out Volunteers, Pierre Robert and Bill Westin for the hard work and dedication that made 2013 Camp Out for Hunger an amazing event!
To see more photos from the event, visit our Facebook page.