What started as a spur–of–the–moment call for Pam Davis to honor her late husband has turned into an ongoing relationship with Philabundance.
Pam’s husband of 26 years, Chip, passed away in May 2009. Just before Christmas that year she wondered how she could make the holiday a little easier for the couple’s two sons, Charles and Connor. Then she heard musician Jon Bon Jovi’s voice on the radio…
Bon Jovi offered concert tickets, a meet–and–greet with his band and an autographed guitar for the person willing to donate the most to Philabundance through 93.3 WMMR’s Preston and Steve’s Camp Out for Hunger. And Bon Jovi agreed to match the amount donated.
“It’s so easy to help,” she says. “One person can make a difference.”
Pam knew her sons would love the show, so she called and donated in memory of Chip — it was an amount she couldn’t easily afford, but that seemed right to her. And she had one simple but important request: “All I want is to hear my husband’s name on the radio.”
After making the donation, Pam and her sons visited Philabundance to see how their support was being put to use, and quickly saw the impact of their contribution. With her initial donation, Pam helped feed 66,000 people.
In 2010, Pam held the first fundraiser in Chip’s memory, with all proceeds going to Philabundance. With the help of family and friends, she’s held the fundraiser each year since and contributed a cumulative total near $51,000 since 2009.
“Other than air which is free, the next thing you need to survive is food,” Pam says of what drives her to continue to support the work of Philabundance.
Thank you to Pam for her tireless efforts to help her neighbors facing hunger. Pam’s dedication to Chip’s memory and the fight against hunger continues to make a significant difference throughout the Delaware Valley!