Words such as charitable, magnanimous and munificent barely begin to describe the extraordinary generosity of Knox County as citizens opened their hearts and purse strings to support the 2017 Food for the Hungry Drive, donating a record $313,691 in cash donations and 21 truckloads of food items.
MOUNT VERNON — Local media outlets will join together Saturday for the 36th annual Food For the Hungry drive, to benefit The Salvation Army, Interchurch Social Services and 14 other food and poverty assistance initiatives in Knox County.
A live broadcast of all the day’s events begins Saturday at 9 a.m. and continues until 5 p.m., on 100.9 FM and 13WMVO Radio with live video streaming at MVNU.TV. The broadcast will originate from the Knox County Memorial Building on East High Street.
Local media personalities Marcy Rinehart of WNZR, along with Sara Lynn and Curtis Newland of WMVO/93.7 The Super Q will serve as hosts for the event. Kokosing River Productions, the Mount Vernon Nazarene University Department of Communication, Wayne Bower, J.R. Bonham and Spectrum Cable are donating broadcast production and technical support.
This year’s broadcast, as always, will feature several community members and organizations presenting their contributions to the drive. FFTH will present $20,000 in mini-grants throughout the day. A number of Knox County elementary, middle, and high school student collection winners will also be recognized.There will be live entertainment from local performers Megan Campbell and Annika Kanuckel-Wolfe of Mount Vernon High School, plus a trio of MVNU student musicians — Lilly Buckley, Richie Johns and Rachel Rinehart.
At noon, the webcast will have short video features on the new Salvation Army officers and MVNU’s Knox Needs Thrift Store. Viewers will also see a tribute to James and Maureen Buchwald, recipients of this year’s William A. Stroud Award for community service from Kenyon College.
The Knox County Career Center auction of themed baskets will begin around 1:05 p.m., with Jerry Scott and John Ruckman serving as auctioneers. Community members are encouraged to join the bidding with plenty of seating inside the Memorial Theater.
At 3:10 p.m., MVNU will present the annual Stephen Zelkowitz Memorial Award, which honors service to the FFTH drive. This year’s recipients are Roy and the late Glenda Waldron, known to many Knox County residents as Bubbles and Banjo. Kenyon College will present the exciting results of this year’s Snowflake Gala at 3:30 p.m.
Those wanting to drop off food and monetary donations may do so driving eastbound in front of the Memorial Building, 112 E. High St.
GAMBIER — In the glow of warm candlelight, guests of the Snowflake Gala chattered happily as they prepared for an evening of touching stories, well deserved awards and, of course, a chance to donate to a great cause.
MOUNT VERNON — The 36th annual Food for the Hungry Drive officially underway throughout Knox County, and will culminate in a live video and radio broadcast on Saturday, Dec. 9, at a new location — the Knox County Memorial Building in Mount Vernon. The financial goal for this year’s drive is $200,000, and Food for the Hungry hopes to collect as much canned or boxed food as the community can donate. Last year, over 28 truckloads of physical food were collected.