Inaugural Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic Food Drive Raises over 100 Tons of Food for Virginia’s Food Banks


Theo nguồn tin của trang mạng văn phòng thống đốc Bob McDonbell:

– Four Competing Schools Raise Equivalent of 216,000 Pounds in Food and Funds; More than Double Original Goal of 100,000 Pounds –
Food Banks Will Also Receive Additional Cash Contribution from Ticket Proceeds; Amount to be Announced Later Today

RICHMOND- Even before the opening tip, there is a big winner in the inaugural Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic taking place right now at the Richmond Coliseum. A month long food drive on the campuses of the four participating Virginia universities raised over 100 tons of food for food banks throughout the Commonwealth. Collectively, the University of Virginia, Old Dominion University, the University of Richmond, and George Mason University raised the equivalent of 216,000 pounds in food and funds. The schools competed against each other head to head in the food drive, prior to their respective basketball team’s meeting on the hardwood today.

In the University of Richmond vs. George Mason University food drive, the Spiders came out on top, raising 2,439 pounds. The Patriots raised 2, 352 pounds

In the University of Virginia vs. Old Dominion University food drive, the Wahoos emerged victorious. UVa raised 152,893 pounds, while the Monarchs brought in 59,168 pounds.

Speaking about the Classic food drive, Governor McDonnell remarked, “This was an incredible outpouring of generosity from the students, fans, alumni, administrators, faculty and surrounding communities of these four universities. During the holiday season, so many Virginians need the helping hand of our wonderful food banks. Thanks to Patriots, Spiders, Wahoos, and Monarchs around the Commonwealth, that helping hand will be there. I can’t thank all those who participated enough. The Virginia Way means helping one another and giving back. This food drive demonstrated, yet again, the goodness and generosity that has always defined the people of Virginia.”

Leslie Van Horn, Executive Director of the Federation of Virginia Food Banks, noted, “When we partnered with the Governor and the participating schools for this first-ever food drive, we set a goal of raising 100,000 pounds. That goal was doubled. Now, food banks in every region of the state will be receiving much-needed contributions at a very busy time of the year. I want to thank all those who gave in this food drive. I can’t say who will win in the games today, but on behalf our organization, I can say that Virginia’s food banks, and the Virginians who depend upon us, have already won big. This is just a wonderful outpouring of generosity, and it means the world to us.”

The Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic Food Drive ran from November 15th to December 15th. The final tally of amounts was compiled this week. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales to today’s double header will also be donated to the Federation of Virginia Food Banks. That amount will be announced later today.

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