FM99 and 106.9 The Fox Kickoff 21st Annual Mayflower Marathon
Food & Fund Drive Collects Donations for Local Food Banks, November 17-19
Norfolk, VA – November 14, 2017 – FM99 and 106.9 The Fox today announced the launch of the 21st Annual Mayflower Marathon Food and Fund Drive, scheduled Friday, November 17 through Sunday, November 19. For 57 continuous hours, volunteers will collect food and monetary donations for holiday meals to benefit two regional food banks, the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore and the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank.
Radio personalities from 106.9 The Fox (WAFX) and FM99 (WNOR) will broadcast live throughout the event — encouraging Hampton Roads residents to support both organizations and their efforts aimed at eliminating hunger in our region.
“The Mayflower Marathon is truly a testament to the spirit and compassion of the Hampton Roads community,” said Ruth Jones Nichols, CEO, Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia. “Each and every year, we continue to be inspired by the unwavering support of local businesses like FM99 and 106.9, and the amazing generosity of our friends and neighbors in the community who come out to help set the table for our neighbors in need.”
Last year’s event brought in enough food and funds to distribute over 652,000 total meals. Food and funds collected at the designated locations during the Marathon will be distributed to community-based partner agencies on Monday, November 20 and Tuesday, November 21 — just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday at the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore.
“The Mayflower Marathon is the perfect venue for our community to come together to provide holiday meals for those who have fallen upon hard times,” said Michele Benson, Chief Development Officer, Virginia Peninsula Foodbank. “We are excited about this annual event and the impact it will have on the families we serve.”
Monetary and in-kind donations in the form of frozen turkeys, hams, and the traditional Thanksgiving trimmings will be collected at the following locations:
Pembroke Mall – 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA
Friday thru Sunday; 5:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
First Team Subaru Kia – 4834 Bridge Road, Suffolk, VA
Friday, 5:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sunday; 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Coliseum Marketplace at Coliseum Central – 2120 Coliseum Drive, Hampton, VA
Friday thru Sunday; 5:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Farm Fresh – 4511 John Tyler Highway, Williamsburg, VA
Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sunday; 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Donations are also accepted online at www.localfoodbanks.org.
About the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore
The Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, a member of Feeding America® and the Federation of Virginia Food Banks, has been providing food for those facing hunger since 1981. To date, we have distributed over 261 million meals throughout our service area, which includes the cities of Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Franklin, and Virginia Beach as well as the counties of Southampton, Northampton, Sussex, Isle of Wight, and Accomack. For up-to-date information on the Foodbank, visit www.foodbankonline.org, Facebook, or Twitter.
About the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank
Since 1986, the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank has been providing hunger relief to the cities of Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, and Williamsburg, and the counties of James City, Gloucester, Mathews, Surry and York. With the support of over 170 member agencies, the organization has provided over 147 million meals. The Foodbank is a proud member of Feeding America, the Federation of Virginia Food Banks, and the United Way of the Virginia Peninsula. Our vision is to inspire hope by leading the effort for a hunger free and properly nourished community. For more information, visit www.hrfoodbank.org, Facebook, or Twitter.
About 106.9 The FOX (WAFX) and FM99 (WNOR)
106.9 The Fox (WAFX) and FM99 (WNOR) are owned by Saga Communications Inc. and serve the entire Hampton Roads region. FM99 was one of the first FM stations in the country and The Fox has been on the air in its current form for over 29 years. As the area’s two premiere rock stations, The Fox (Classic Rock) and FM99 (mainstream rock) sponsor and participate in many community and military-oriented events throughout the year. Both stations boast some on air icons in their staff, such as Mike Arlo (The Fox) and Rick Rumble (FM99).
Contact: Todd Emmett
Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia
(o) 757.627.6599 (c) 757.387.7002