The Daily Platter is the blog of St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, located in Phoenix, Arizona.
Three-day Radio-thon Kicks off Wednesday April 17 on KSLX 100.7 FM; Bed Race on March 19 Caps Event to Raise Awareness of Arizona’s Hungry
One of the Valley’s best-known radio personalities, KSLX (100.7 FM)’s morning man Mark Mayfield is preparing to climb back into his Sleep America bed for the Seventh Annual “Get in Bed with Mark” Food Drive, presented by Sleep America, to benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance.
Over the first six years, KSLX and Sleep America have raised more than 770,000 meals for the hungry of Arizona, with the 2012 drive collecting a record 171,000 meals.
Mayfield will begin his three-day live marathon at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, April 17 at Sleep America location at 20th Street and Camelback (1949 E. Camelback Rd., Suite 162) which will serve at the flagship location for the entire food drive. He will literally get into a Sleep America bed aboard a flat-bed truck outside the store, asking Valley listeners to contribute both non-perishable food items and cash donations to St. Mary’s while interviewing local celebrities, and even hosting live music performances.
For the second straight year, the food drive will expand to several Albertsons locations around the Valley, with different locations serving as satellite drive sites for food and cash donations. The following Albertsons markets will serve as collection sites for each day of the drive:
Day 1: 16750 West Bell Road, Surprise (8 a.m. to 10 a.m.)
4060 West Ray Road, Chandler (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
5040 West Cactus Road. Glendale (10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.)
21001 North Tatum Boulevard. Phoenix (5 p.m. to 7 p.m.)
Day 2: 750 East Guadalupe Road, Tempe (8 a.m. to 10 a.m.)
2785 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
441 N. Val Vista Drive, Mesa (3 p.m. to 5 p.m.)
10665 North Tatum Boulevard, Phoenix (5 p.m. to 7 p.m.)
Day 3: 8240 West Deer Valley Road. Peoria (8 a.m. to 11 a.m.)
4747 East Greenway Road, Phoenix (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
The drive will culminate on Friday, April 19 with a special appearance by Alice Cooper and the third annual Sleep America Great Bed Race to benefit the Food Bank outside the 20th Street and Camelback location. At the end of the drive, Sleep America President and Spokesperson Debbie Gaby will raffle off the queen size Kingsdown bed which will have served as Mayfield’s home for three days and more than 50 hours of radio.
For more information on the “Get in Bed with Mark” food drive, visit www.kslx.com or www.firstfoodbank.org.
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