April 20, 2014
Preston & Steve’s Camp Out for Hunger entered its 16th year in 2013, and in typical P&S fashion, the event was reinvented and more successful than ever. In this attempt to raise the bar, WMMR-FM partnered with Xfinity Live! Philadelphia, a new entertainment destination in the Sports Complex in South Philly, to host the event, with the goal of increasing the amount of food collected to benefit Philabundance in just five days, December 2 through 6.
WMMR-FM was able to pick up the Camp Out set-up, move it to the Sports Complex parking lot, rearrange some of the infrastructure, but keeping the overall vibe of the event. The tent size was increased to a whopping 50 x 80 feet, complete with lights, sounds and video monitors for fans to watch the show each morning.
The event started out slow, but finished strong, with droves of listeners coming out each day to donate food, bag by bag and truck by truck, resulting in record-setting amounts of food and money collected—in total, 772,461 pounds of food and more than $241,000. That’s 386 tons of food loaded onto 37 tractor-trailers and taken to the Philabundance warehouse to feed those in need. It shows the true power of a community coming together for the greater good of those less fortunate.
April 2, 2014
With the effects of last year’s Superstorm Sandy still fresh in people’s minds and still present in our communities, WRAT-FM teamed up with Habitat for Humanity’s Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project in October to help build houses in one of the worst-hit towns on the Jersey Shore, Union Beach.
For several weeks, WRAT-FM solicited donations and volunteers to join the Rat Rebuilding Team—spending a day assisting contractors, construction workers, carpenters and DIY specialists in building new houses.
On Wednesday, October 9, WRAT-FM Personality Gotts went to the site to call in with project status updates and pitched in to help.
On Saturday, October 12, Gotts, WRAT-FM PD and Morning Co-Host Carl Craft, Promotion Coordinator Lacey Brock and several listeners joined former President Jimmy Carter to hammer nails, put up wallboard and frame windows.
By the end of the weekend, five houses were built for five families who were desperate to get back “home.”