Two annual events that support the Hospitality House broke records this year in efforts to fight hunger in the High Country.
The third annual Appalachian State University Hunger Games and the third annual High Country Turkey Trot together collected more than 3,400 pounds of food and raised more than $23,000.
An event sponsored by ASU’s Appalachian and the Community Together (ACT) for Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week, the Hunger Games, based on the popular book series, are designed to raise awareness about hunger in Watauga County and collect desperately needed food for the Hospitality House.
For three weeks, students collect cans to be one of 24 chosen to compete in the games. On the day of the games, audience members are encouraged to donate cans to purchase a “lifeline” for their favorite competitor. Doubling the goal of 1,500 cans, this is also the largest food drive donation at the Hospitality House to date. Equaling to 2,900 pounds of food, the cans were dropped off the following Monday.
On Thanksgiving Day, more than 550 pounds of food were added to the Hospitality House pantry, as runners and walkers from all over braved the cold weather at the High Country Turkey Trot. More than 750 participants registered for the event, making it the largest 5K in the High Country.
The competitive 5K timed run had runners and walkers from 22 states, 58 unique towns and cities in North Carolina and two foreign countries. Hearts of Hospitality, the ambassador group for Hospitality House, organized the event, with 100 percent of proceeds benefitting men, women and children living in crisis, poverty and homelessness.
This year, more than $23,000 was raised for the organization.
For more information, visit http://www.hosphouse.org, or contact Brittany Johnson at (email@example.com) or (828) 264-1237.