MOUNT VERNON — Local media
outlets will join together this weekend for the 28th annual Food for the Hungry
drive, to benefit The Salvation Army and Interchurch Social Services.
A live broadcast of the day’s events begins Saturday at 9 a.m. and continues until 5 p.m. on 13WMVO (1300 AM) in Mount Vernon and Time Warner Cable throughout Knox County (channel 9 with set-top equipment; channel 6 without converter). The broadcast will originate from Mount Vernon City Hall. This year’s broadcast will also, for the first time, be streamed live at www.foodforthehungrycares.org.
Local radio personalities Dave Bevington of WMVO and Marcy Rinehart of WNZR will co-host the event. Jason and Jenney Murray, WMVO’s Adam Taylor and WNZR’s Joe Rinehart will also assist in hosting portions of the broadcast. I-CONN Video Production, the Mount Vernon Nazarene University video program and Time Warner Cable are donating production and technical support.
This year’s broadcast will again feature the Knox County Career Center auction, featuring a 2004 Pontiac GTO, just after 12:30 p.m. Local auctioneers Jerry Scott and Sam McQueen will join Bevington and Rinehart at City Hall for the event. Viewers and listeners at home will have the opportunity to join those on site to bid on the vehicle, plus a gingerbread house and a gift basket from MVNU’s Cougar Corner bookstore.
There will be plenty of local entertainment throughout the broadcast, hosted by I-CONN’s Matt Starr and featuring performances from local musicians Mike Andrews, Kurt Chaney, Brienna Maners, The Apple Valley Singers and an ensemble from the Knox County Christmas Cantata. This year’s elementary school drive winners will be recognized, along with the winner of this year’s Stanley Can Award.
At noon, a series of video features will be shown, focusing on the new Interchurch building in Mount Vernon, The Salvation Army’s Harbor, and a tribute to the late Denny Irwin. I-CONN will also provide video features on Centerburg High School’s “Stuff the Trailer” event, Kenyon’s Empty Bowls, and the Mount Vernon and Fredericktown Christmas walks. Radio stations providing updates throughout the day from City Hall include WNZR 90.9 FM and Eagle 93.7 FM.
The seventh annual Food for the Hungry Shopping Cart Derby will start at 1:07 p.m. Teams of two from Time Warner Cable, Mount Vernon News, WNZR and WMVO/Eagle 93.7 will start from opposite ends of the city and push a shopping cart toward Public Square. The progress of the derby will be reported on all broadcast media.
For more information about this year’s drive log on to www.FoodForTheHungryCares.org.