This past spring, Veolia Environmental Services Rockford Hauling and Orchard Hills Landfill operations teamed up with the Stillman Valley High School Cardinals baseball team to help end hunger in the area with the “Run Out Hunger” campaign. Each time Stillman Valley scored a run during the recent baseball season, Veolia Environmental Services donated $10 to the Rock River Valley Pantry.
Thanks to hot bats and quick feet, the baseball players drove in 199 runs for a total donation of $1,990.
Veolia staff and the high school baseball team presented the check to Jessica Watson, warehouse manager for the Rock River Valley Pantry, June 27 at the Stillman Valley High School baseball field.
The campaign was similar to the Veolia/Stillman Valley High School “End Hunger in the End Zone” initiative, which raised $2,225 during the 2010 Stillman Valley High School football season.
“The Stillman Valley baseball program is proud to have partnered with Veolia to help ‘Run Out Hunger,’” said Scott Wilhite, head baseball coach for Stillman Valley High School. “We have been excited to help them with this campaign to help others in need.”
The idea for the “Run Out Hunger” campaign came from Michael Canciamille, a longtime fan of the Stillman Valley Cardinals and the controller for Veolia’s Davis Junction operations.
Kim Adams-Bakke, executive director of the Rock River Valley Pantry, added: “The Rock River Valley Pantry is very excited and thankful to once again partner with Veolia and the Stillman Valley High School athletics program. Veolia has recognized that hunger exists in our community and has again stepped up to make a difference in the fight against hunger and the families that it impacts.”
From the July 13-19, 2011 issue