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RECAP: 4th Annual #FOODBANK24 Telethon

This past weekend, TLTV had the priviledge of joining the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina for their fourth annual telethon.  In the 24 hours from noon on Friday to noon on Sunday, they managed to raise over $40,000.  Since the Food Bank is able to get five meals out of every dollar donated, they will now be able to provide more than 200,000 meals to impoverished families right here in our state.

I'd talk about the importance of this cause or the impact of the event, but host Greg Ng has already done a far better job of that on his blog than I ever could.  I highly recommend reading his blogpost to learn just how big an impact you can have on this issue.

Instead, I'll be talking about my experience at the event itself.  The whole thing was a blast.  After the live stream started at noon, a parade of guests including Mike Maniscalco, the Carolina Roller Girls, Wool E. Bull, and many others stopped by to donate and show their support.  There were songs, cooking demonstrations, and even a cheese tasting contest.  There were also tons of volunteers who stopped by throughout the day to help sort food in the warehouse.

As the program entered the wee hours of the night, Greg attempted to sort 1,000 pounds of sweet potatoes by himself.  This is a job that usually takes four people about two hours to complete, but Greg accomplished the task in just over four and a half hours!

As the sun started to rise, we began our final push toward our goal.  At noon on Saturday it was apparent we'd fallen short of our original goal, but 200,000 meals is nothing to sneeze at and we couldn't be happier about the funds we did manage to raise.  After the donations we totaled and the set was broken down, we all headed home for some much needed rest.  I myself had been up for 36 hours straight (minus the 10 minutes I nodded off in my chair), and even today I still feel a little off.  Nonetheless I had a great time and I'm already looking forward to next year's telethon.

Even though the telethon is over, you can still donate or volunteer at the Food Bank anytime.  Click here to learn how easy it is to make a difference yourself.

Oh, and if you want to see some of the fun we had at the telethon, you can see the whole thing on the Food Bank's YouTube page!  Just click the links below:

Part 1: Noon - 6pm
Part 2: 6pm - Midnight
Part 3: Midnight - 6am
Part 4: 6am - Noon