WMGK's John DeBella Turkey Drop 2017 was our most successful effort ever. Thanks to donations from thousands of generous WMGK listeners, we collected 13,000 turkeys for Cityteam Philadelphia so that they could provide holiday meals for less fortunate families and inviduals in our community.
On Tuesday, November 21, John DeBella broadcasted live from outside of The Kimmel Center & the rest of the MGK airstaff were stationed at nine other collection sites located throughout the area to collect turkey and monetary donations for Cityteam Philadelphia. Cityteam used all donations to provide a holiday meal for thousands of less fortunate families in the tri-state area.
Cityteam Philadelphia is a non-profit organization which provides food and services year round to less fortunate individuals, families, shelters and agencies in the local community.
A variety of local and national celebrities supported the event, including Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, who made a special appearance at DeBella’s Kimmel Center broadcast. While there, he urged listeners to make an on-site or online donation to the Turkey Drop.
In addition, legendary Philadelphia Phillies pitcher, Tommy Greene filled up a truck with turkeys and made a large donation on behalf of the team. He and The Phillie Phanatic also spent time loading turkeys that listeners dropped off into the large collection truck parked in front of Kimmel Center.
This year's efforts included two extremely generous donations. Parx Casino’s truck delivered $10,000 worth of turkeys and Giant Food Stores donated $10,000 as well.
The DeBella Turkey Drop was also helped by sizable contributions from: 6ABC, Always Best Care Philly and Delaware, Creamery Tire, Horizon Services, Hyundai of Turnersville, Philadelphia Phillies, Subaru of Cherry Hill, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776, Dave Magrogran Group, John Dougherty's IBEW Local 98, Mingey General Contractors and Bob's Diner in Roxborough.
All photos courtesy of Chorus Photography.