Radio One 30th Anniversary Ends In Service Of Our Communities

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Tonya Jameson

Tonya Jameson


Radio One’s official 30th Anniversary initiative, “30 Years with 30 Days of Giving” is over, but the giving back will continue in Charlotte and nationally.

“My prayer is that we have ignited a renewed sense of giving back,” said Radio One CEO Cathy Hughes.

Staff and volunteers associated with My92.7 and Praise Charlotte spent last month volunteering at Harvest Center. We worshipped, cut hair and served hot lunches to the homeless and those in need. Over 400 people were fed per week.

Here’s a look at what happened at other Radio One stations:
* Atlanta: All three stations highlighted one local non-profit organization by airing promotional commercials voiced by the organization in conjunction with a daily on line campaign highlighting 30 different organizations with 30 different on air messages. The awareness helped many of the organizations solicit volunteers; provide their services to new people in need; raised money and more.

* Baltimore: Collected 2,000 pounds of non perishable food from five area Stop Shop Save grocery stores. The food was delivered to the Maryland Food Bank for needy families across the region.

* Cincinnati: Our team completed five walks including the Alzheimer’s Memory Walk, The Walk to Stop Aids, Step Out Against Diabetes, Making Strides Breast Cancer Walk and The Bridges for A Just Community Walk.

* Cleveland: Radio One staffers led a march against Domestic Violence across Cleveland’s Detroit/Superior Bridge. Nearly 100 women joined together in support of each other, telling stories of survival, and releasing purple balloons with letters of recovery. Earlier in the week they joined with Pepsi to raise $15,000 dollars for a Domestic Violence Shelter. That check was presented at a luncheon with over 400 in attendance.

A look back at Harvest Center:
Week 3
Week 2
Week 1

* Columbus: We raised over 7,000 pounds of food for the Mid-Ohio Food Bank, and Faith Mission. Their goal was 3,000 pounds.

* Corporate: Volunteers served as baggers at The Shared Food Network to help pack dry food items for distribution into the community. The center distributes between 7,000 and 8,000 packages of food per month.

* Dallas: Provided information on free breast cancer screenings to over 200 women with our partner the Bridge Breast Network.

* DC: The staff took full control of Suitland Elementary School by educating our young generation! Whether it was teaching Math, Reading or just covering lunch duties, it was a great pleasure in dedicating our time and efforts to our youth.

* Detroit: Mildred Gaddis hosted a live broadcast and fundraising event in support of Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit. Over $4,000 was raised for the organization during the broadcast.

* Houston: 16th Annual “Majic 102.1 Halloween Happy House” at the Children’s Museum drew over 500 kids who enjoyed a free day at the Museum with games, candy, and fun.

* Indianapolis: The stations raised $7,400 for the Mozel Sanders foundation that provides Thanksgiving Day meals to over 40,000 people. This year’s amount and attendance was 40% higher than any previous year.

* Philadelphia: In cooperation with City Year and the School District of Philadelphia 100.3 the Beat participated in a city wide school tour. The purpose of the event was to stress the importance of education, staying in school, and seeking higher education after graduation. This outreach program successfully helped them speak to 1000′s of students in the community about staying on the correct path.

* Raleigh: Staff cooked and served food for over 250 people within the Women’s Shelter and nearby park where many of Raleigh’s homeless reside.

* Richmond: Helped to feed over 500 people throughout Richmond area programs in downtown churches.

* St. Louis: Partnered with the American Red Cross and Mathews-Dickey Boys and Girls Club to host a community blood drive. This event brought out a crowd of 500 guests and approximately 100 listeners donated to the blood drive.

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