As you should know by now, Drew Forrester and I announced WNST’s 2nd annual Holiday Charity campaign a few weeks back. We titled this year’s event “Coats & Cans in Memory of Fergy” to honor Fernando Commodari (listener “Fergy in White Marsh”), a cherished member of the WNST community who died this year in a car accident.
We are currently very much in the midst of our canned goods drive, as we have collected over a thousand canned goods that will be donated next Tuesday to the Canton Baptist Church & The Bea Gaddy Thanksgiving Dinner.
We have so many people to thank for the donations that have already been made. The gang at Santoni’s made a very significant donation. Brian Radcliffe’s Period 1 & Period 2 classes at Perry Hall High School have each made great contributions. Other individuals have been so thoughtful in their donations that I don’t want to mention just one or two because there are so many I’d be forgetting.
Last year we donated in the area of 2,400 cans. We’re not quite to that level yet, but we have another few days to match the total or surpass it. We have hopes to reach 5,000 cans, but we’re aware that number is very difficult at this point.
We’re looking to make one final push before we shift our focus to collecting cold weather clothes leading up to Christmas.
On Thursday night, the WNST.net gang will be headed to Glory Days Grill in Towson (1220 East Joppa Road) for a major Canned Good drive.
A thank you to the fantastic people at GDG, who have partnered with us to offer specials for members of the WNST community who come to the event (we will have a special area for us, just let them know on your arrival you are there for our event). They have agreed to offer $5 appetizers during our event hours (6-9pm) along with their regular Happy Hour specials. They will continue the $5 appetizer price until midnight for those who want to hang out after the event.
This is not a sales event. We are not trying to sell you any sort of beer, liquor, soda or anything else. This is merely an event for us to hang out, have a drink together and lift up the community we all care so much about.
The Maryland-Alabama basketball game tips off at 5pm, so we’ll definitely watch the 2nd half of the game before the New York Jets-Denver Broncos game kicks off around 8pm. Loyola and UMBC are also on TV tomorrow night, so we’ll put that on as well. It will be a fun night to hang out, enjoy a beer and some $5 appetizers and talk about the one thing that ties us all together-Baltimore sports.
In order to attend Thursday night’s event, you must bring at least three canned goods for us to donate.
Here’s a look at some of the cans (and boxes of cans) currently living in the basement of the WNST studios at 1550 Hart Rd…
We’d like to see the entire basement filled after Friday night.
For those who make significant contributions Thursday night, I still have a purple sign autographed by Baltimore Ravens LB Ray Lewis, one signed by Ravens WR Torrey Smith & LB Brendon Ayanbadejo and three signed by Ravens CB Cary Williams to offer in return for your kindness.
This charity drive means the world to us. I’ve shared on air a few times that I’ve had multiple members of the WNST.net community come up to me in the past 12 months and tell me that their donation was particularly meaningful because at a different time in their life they counted on such charity just to be able to celebrate holidays.
To quote Ravens QB Joe Flacco, “that’s powerful stuff, man.”
For those who can’t make it out, we will still be accepting donations up until Tuesday morning. Musician Victoria Vox will be joining Drew in studio during “The Morning Reaction” Friday on AM1570 WNST.net and we’ll have an “open house” event.
We will announce the total number of cans donated Wednesday. We are also asking you to pledge to make a donation to the scholarship fund that has been set up for Fergy’s kids. Please commit to a donation of $.01 per total can collected to The Cameron & Adrianna Commodari Scholarship Fund. Please let myself (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Drew (email@example.com) know of your commitment via email.
After Thanksgiving we will shift our focus to collecting coats and other warm gear to give to the men at the Helping Up mission downtown.
Thursday night. 6-9pm (or beyond). Glory Days Grill in Towson. Canned goods collection. PLEASE be there.
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