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It's a World Record for TPC Wakefield Plantation

March 8, 2011

By PGA TOUR Staff

RALEIGH, N.C.—Tons of support from the community helped to generate 270 tons of food for local families as TPC Wakefield Plantation teamed with Chick-fil-A Wake Forest, the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics and other local businesses on a food drive benefiting the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.


In all, 540,508 pounds of food was collected at the school on March 5, setting a Guinness World Record for the largest 24-hour food drive at a single location—beating the previous record by more than 31,000 pounds.


“We feel very privileged to have played a part in this monumental effort, which will help so many local families in need,” said TPC Wakefield Plantation Director of Golf/General Manager Kirk Deneke. “I am extremely proud of our staff and club members who continue to go above and beyond in support of the PGA TOUR’s ‘Together, anything’s possible’ charitable mission.”


Throughout February, TPC Wakefield Plantation challenged its staff to see which department at the club could collect the most non-perishable food and challenged its membership to beat the staff totals. The nearby Chick-fil-A Wake Forest joined in by offering free breakfast biscuits and sandwiches for every three cans of donated food collected at its location over two days.


On March 5, staff members collected the donated food from the club and Chick-fil-A—totaling more than 2,500 pounds—and delivered it to the school, where the food was unloaded and weighed. Many local businesses contributed to the effort, including Walmart, which brought a tractor trailer full of food to push the weight total over the top.


The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina initiated an online virtual food drive, where community members had the opportunity to make a charitable donation. Every dollar collected through the Web site enables the food bank to purchase two-and-a-half pounds of food for local families.


The winner of TPC Wakefield Plantation’s inter-departmental food collection challenge was the administrative offices. But, naturally, the real winners will be the estimated 545,000 people in North Carolina who will benefit from the donations.  For every hour that the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina is open, 20,000 pounds of food is distributed to more than 800 agencies throughout 34 counties.


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