Wednesday, November 18, 2009

WHL: Silvertips fans donate 4460lbs of food to VOA food bank

                                                          (Photo: Everett Silvertips)

Everett Silvertips fans did more than show their support for their team during last Saturday's game against the Seattle Thunderbirds. They also donated 4,460 pounds of food to help stock the shelves at the Volunteers of America food bank in Everett.

In a news release, Silvertips Vice President & General Manager Doug Soetaert said, "Our loyal fans continue to come through to restock the shelves of the food bank. We're delighted with the way the community once again displayed their generosity."   

The news release went on to say that last weekend's food drive more than tripled the record amount collected two seasons ago during the team's "Make Noise for Hunger" campaign. Earlier this season, fans donated more than 1,200 pounds of food at the Silvertips' Green/Grey game.

The area's new lacrosse team, the Washington Stealth, has also issued a challenge to area businesses. A story on the team's website says the Stealth will match all donations (up to $5,000) made by businesses and corporations to the food bank through December 31. But they're taking things one step further. Any company that donates at least $1,000 will receive a gift package which includes team goodies and tickets to the Stealth's home opener on January 9, 2010.

Lori Drabant, the VOA's Director of Development and Communications welcomed the donations. "It's phenomenal," she said. "It helps a great deal."  The VOA food bank now has roughly 14 days of food. Food Bank Director Christin Froderberg thanked everyone who donated, saying, "the community's response has been wonderful."   Their next goal is to get 30 days of food on the shelves, as well as donations of food to make holiday meals, including: stuffing, jello, cranberry sauce, flour, sugar,  cake, cookie and other baked good mixes, cans of pumpkin (for pie) and condensed milk.

The Volunteers of America's Everett food bank serves 5,000 clients a month. 50% of those clients are children. 20% are senior citizens. And the VOA says it's not too late to donate. If you can't stop by the food bank with food, you can donate money online. You can also "adopt" a family or senior for the holidays, through the group's "Holiday Basket Bureau" program, or host a food drive with your neighbors or community group.

Find more information about the Volunteers of America and its needs by clicking here.

To get more information about the Everett Silvertips' efforts in the community, as well as information about the team and its game schedule, click here.

To get more information about the Washington Stealth's efforts in the community, as well as information about the team and its game schedule, click here.

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