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Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest helps the Food Bank of Waterloo Region with the Onkel Hans Food Drive

 

(Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada – October 11, 2010) Today the Food Bank of Waterloo Region and Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest came together to help those in need while enjoying the tradition of the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Larry Blundell, Executive Director of K-W Oktoberfest Inc., says, it's a great pleasure to announce that we have raised 17,500 lbs of non-perishable food items along the parade route this year. We also collected $13,085 in cash, which will be used to purchase additional food. This is an additional $3,000 over what was collected in 2009. We are so proud of Kitchener-Waterloo for opening up both your hearts and your wallets for the Food Bank.

Each year local citizens and visitors share with those less fortunate by donating food and cash as part of the Thanksgiving tradition in Kitchener-Waterloo. As over 150 thousand people lined the streets to watch the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade, one of the highlights of Canada's Greatest Bavarian Festival, volunteers from corporate sponsors Sobeys; Martin's Family Fruit Farms, NAPA Auto Parts; 96.7 CHYM FM/570 News; 105.3 Kool FM/KFUN 99.5 and CTV shared their time to collect the donations along the parade route.

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest runs until October 16th and the Onkel Hans Food Drive runs to October 13th.

To support the Food Bank of Waterloo Region's Thanksgiving Food Drive call 519-743-5576.

About Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest
Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is a not-for-profit Bavarian festival founded in 1969 by a group of volunteers committed to contributing to the social and economic vitality of Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada twin cities with German heritage. Canada's Greatest Bavarian Festival celebrates German heritage, food, music and festivities and is supported by more than 50 not-for-profit organizations. The festival is operated by eight year-round full-time staff, over 435 volunteers and 1,300 community and service club volunteers that stage the nine-day festival each October promoting a unique German cultural experience. As well as the economic boost the festival gives the local economy during the international festival, over $1.5 million is raised each year by the not-for-profit organizations associated with Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, one of the top three most recognized event brands in Canada.

 

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