Totals listed below, but first...
We're sharing Pierre Robert's speech from the last day of the broadcast because, well, he said it all:
I wanted to use the word “Cares” this week because the simple fact of the matter is, if no one cared, this couldn’t happen. This amazing structure, which began all those years ago with the vision of these two guys, going “Let’s get a beat up camper and an oil barrel that we’ll put a fire in to keep us warm and see if we could raise a few pounds”. Now, it’s the twentieth Preston and Steve Camp Out for Hunger, and we’ve raised a few pounds alright, and it wouldn’t happen without caring.
Certainly, ya ’know, the great corporate sponsors, and the volunteers and all the folks that had been acknowledged before, but I would particularly like to acknowledge you, our audience, and those who might be listening around the rest of the Delaware Valley or maybe even around the country or the world as many do. We’re blessed at MMR to share your lives, and thanks to your caring come April 29th, this radio station will be 50 years old. That’s an amazing feat for a rock ‘n’ roll radio station. There are very few of them left up alive, standing, and well. And we are alive and well but again, that’s thanks to your friendship and support.
We’re all so blessed that we get to share your lives. I get phone calls from a funeral procession, but also from a delivery room. We’re lucky enough to share the cycle of your life and births and deaths and marriages, and divorces, and graduations. Good things and bad. I know personally, for a lot of folks, it’s been a rough year. Been a rough year in the world, been a rough year in the rock world, and in these tough times, whether it be division or environmental degradation, or senseless violence or just people not getting along, what’s the one thing that can unite everybody even if you don’t disagree or even like somebody?
What’s the one thing that can unite somebody besides music, which I would put as the very number one. The one thing that unites people is that even if we don’t agree with someone; we don’t want someone to be hungry. We don’t want someone to be without, and there’s a lot of people that are without that fall through the cracks, and that’s what this is all about. And how do you make a difference? And how do you care? It starts with a vision but imagine a dark room, and you go “how can we ever light this room?”
Well, if one person walks in with a candle, and another with a candle and a few more with a candle here and there, eventually, that whole room feels that light. That’s where I bring it back to these guys again, because Kathy, Casey, Nick, and Marisa, the amazing team that supports Preston and Steve, have this vision that started with these two guys and their amazing, wonderful, universe that has had this vision of lighting up this town, this hunger situation that has been so prevalent, and is not going away. Here’s the deal, I would contend that you guys have saved lives. I think there are people that are alive in this city right now as a result of this food drive.
So, I salute Preston and Steve. I salute you for keeping people alive. I love you guys so much. I respect you so much, and here’s to an amazing twentieth anniversary Camp Out for Hunger. You absolutely rock.
Camp Out for Hunger 2017 by the numbers:
- 1,679,823 pounds – that’s over 839 TONS of food!
- (last year: 1,367,384 pounds ---- 683 tons)
- Note: 1 pound = 1 meal
- Monetary: $272,683
- Note: $1 = 2 meals TOTAL MEALS: over 2.2 Million Meals
Philly DJs collect 839 TONS of food by sitting on their butts in South Philly for a week. https://t.co/o9SvOFwNVu @prestonelliot @PrestonSteve933 @phillymag @stevemorrison
Largest contribution (by weight) by a business / group:
- 1st place: Subaru of America – 471,375 pounds
- 2nd: Campbell’s Soup – 109,522 pounds
- 3rd: Fred Beans – 87,468 pounds (2016: 65,331)
Largest Individual Donation (by weight) Each Day:
- Monday: Patrick Doherty – 3,201 pounds
- Tuesday: Paul Rovinsky – 402 pounds
- Wednesday: Adam Resnick – 8,833 pounds
- Thursday: William Kraenbring – 1,512 pounds
Few more highlights:
- Jaxon's Jeep club: 31,532 lbs
- Porsche club: 83,794 lbs
Daily Video Recaps:
Here are just a few more Thank You's & a list of businesses and individuals in our on-site donation weight book :
Catalent - Cub Scout Pack 252 - Harley’s Haven Dog Rescue & Peen Ridge Animal Hospita - Piazza Honda Springfiel - Godshall’s - Mazars USA LLC - Chris’s Pressure Wash LLC - Pitcairn - Corvette Club - Juniata College - Accenture (Berwyn Office) - Crossfit 2Street - Temple ROTC - Victory Brewing &Friends - Braveheat - Benchmark and Friends - Norriton Fire and Engine Company - PJP - Customers Bank - Randstad - Philly Mini - Circus Rejects - Bergman Associates - Orangewood Park Apartments - Hand and Stone Massage - HR Dept Dharma Company - KPMG - Schiffer Publishing - Sikorsky Engineering - Health Advocate - 6 B’s (Bike Club) - DNF Trucking - Children Dentistry of Trappe - US Cort of Appeals - Center for Student Learning - CDW - Rush Order Tees Dot Com - Bradley Construction - Comcast Tax Dept - Synergy Hospitality - Bank of NY Mellon - Boeing - LLR Partners - Hoeganaes Corporation - Campbell’s - Double Tree (Phila/ VF) - Nightingale Reality - Geodis - CHOP Radiology Dept - Monetate - Tinicum Swim Clib - Atlantic County 4H Equine Rescue Horse Club - Comcast - Fred Beans - Cal Atlantic Homes - Subaru - Burns White - Point Pleasant Tree Service - ORS Partners - PRN - Excel South - Navy Yard - Comm Academy of Philadelphia - Urban Outfitters - MEC Sports Philly - Protiviti - Rudolph Clarke LLC - Galfand Berger - Mayfair Fence - Premier Ortho
Sara Mc Clintock - Ruth Forbes - Patrick Doherty - Josh and Paul - Tom Williamson - Juanita Warikis - Keller Williams - Dan Emana - Chris Byrne - Dina Stanton - Harry Downey - Adam Resnick - Chris Schultz - Joe Mckeller - Samantha Moyer - William Kraenbring - Anna Marks - Matt Hartley -Joe Fraatz - Brandon and Sarah Watson - Thomas Dragani - Mike Krempel - John McLaughin - Mark and Wendy Bloome