- Your Voice
Ken Blanchard, the Oro Valley resident who seven years ago, initiated the town’s Bag-a-Thon food drive, has packed up and moved to Tempe after being promoted within the financial company Edward Jones.
Bring food to feed others, and fill your own tummy while you’re at it.
Sara Blanchard is a young lady who wants to make this world a better place. At a very young age, she understood that everybody can help, even children. When Sara was four years old, she dipped into her piggy bank to help Hurricane Katrina survivors.
Some said it couldn’t be done, that his goals were unrealistic.
Efforts were successful in the 2012 Bag-a-Thon as 70,000 pounds of food has been collected.
October’s Helping Hand nomination goes to Ken Blanchard, an Oro Valley resident and employee of Edward Jones, whose initiation of the Southern Arizona’s annual Bag-a-Thon food drive is receiving increased recognition and effectiveness.
In August 2012 the Interfaith Community Services Food Bank assisted more than 1,900 households. With fall and the holidays approaching, the number of people turning to the ICS Food Bank is expected to grow significantly.
One of my favorite things about working at The Explorer is shining a spotlight on people who are making a difference in our community.
Groups from throughout the Northwest are participating in this year’s Bag-A-Thon. Among those helping out are, from left, Matthew Parks from Immaculate Heart School, Abigail Picus from American Heritage Girls, Adrienne Kunkel from Canyon Del Oro High School, Luke Katsel from Cub Scout Pack 209, Julian DeAlva from Cub Scout Pack 299, Alexis DeAlva from Girls Scout Troop 1287, and Greer Willman from Ironwood Ridge High School.
Registration is open through March 25 for Beads of Courage’s first annual Courage in Motion Dance-a-thon. The 10-hour fundraiser will be held April 2 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Bear Down Gym on the University of Arizona campus.
A year ago, the Edward Jones Bag-A-Thon netted 12,500 pounds of non-perishable food for Interfaith Community Services.
Dave Perry/The Explorer, Sam Capuano, a firefighter with the Golder Ranch Fire District, sorted food Saturday at Lambert and La Cañada in Oro Valley, where people brought their donations for Interfaith Community Services. The Edward Jones Bag-A-Thon filled two U-Haul trucks, background, with more than 25,000 pounds of food.
Youthful energy is spurring the fourth annual Edward Jones Bag a Thon to new volumes of food for the needy.
Dave Perry/The Explorer, Getting ready for this Saturday's food collection Bag-a-Thon, to benefit the food bank at Interfaith Community Services, are, in the front row, Copper Creek fifth-grade student Justin Northam; in the second row, Canyon Del Oro's Kiley Hunt, Immaculate Heart's Marcus Landeros, and Ironwood Ridge students Holly Durr and Molly Hansen; in the third row, Immaculate Heart's Maggie Etheridge, Oro Valley Councilwoman Mary Snider, Oro Valley Mayor Satish Hiremath and Edward Jones adviser and Bag-a-Thon organizer Ken Blanchard; and in the back from left, Edward Jones adviser Rudy Graf, Austin Franklin of CDO, Councilman Lou Waters and Edward Jones adviser Joe Dylewski.
An Edward Jones food drive for Interfaith Community Services has grown into a multiple office, school and community effort to collect 20,000 pounds — 10 tons — of non-perishable items for needy people on Saturday, Nov. 13.
Thursday, Oct. 8
Openings left in two Spanish classes at SB
A roundup of letters to the editor published in the Dec. 10, 2008, issue of The Explorer.
A listing of upcoming business events in the area.