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KSLX-FM’S Mark Mayfield & Sleep America to Host 5th Annual ‘Get In Bed With Mark’ Food Drive to Benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank

Three-day Radio-thon Runs From April 6-8 All Over The Valley With Goal Of Spreading the Word About Dire Hunger Issues Now Affecting Arizona

Phoenix – Fast-becoming an early-April Arizona tradition, KSLX (100.7 FM)’s morning man Mark Mayfield is getting ready to get back into his Sleep America bed for the fifth annual “Get in Bed with Mark” food drive to benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance.

One of the Valley’s most popular morning personalities, Mayfield will begin his three-day live marathon at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, April 6 at Sleep America’s Glendale location at the Lane Home Furnishings Center (7291 W. Bell Road, Ste. 101A). He will literally hop into a Sleep America bed aboard a flat-bed truck and collect both non-perishable food items and cash donations for St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance – all while interviewing local celebrities, holding challenges, and talking about the need in Arizona.

At the end of the drive, Mayfield will raffle off the queen size Kingsdown bed, provided by Sleeping America, which will have served as his home for the three-day radiothon. And this year, Sleep America will introduce a new and exciting event for the last day. On April 8th, the Paradise Valley location will host “The Great Bed Race for Charity.” Five-member teams can still sign up for their place in the field with a $100 donation to the Food Bank.

“Get in Bed with Mark” collected more than 18,000 pounds of non-perishable food items and more than $14,000 in cash last year – providing more than 116,000 meals for St. Mary’s Food Bank to distribute to the hungry of Arizona. KSLX, Sleep America and St. Mary’s are all hoping to duplicate the success of last year’s event.

Mayfield and his Sleep America bed will leave the Glendale location at 10pm on the 6th, and from 6am – 10pm on Thursday, April 7, he will be at Tempe Marketplace (2010 E. Rio Salado Pkwy, Ste. 115) giving the East Valley listeners a chance to participate. The drive will finish off at the Paradise Valley Mall (4320 E. Cactus Road, Ste. A1) from 6am – 6 p.m. on Friday, April 8, with the Great Bed Race capping almost 50 hours live on the air.

For more information on the “Get in Bed with Mark” food drive or The Great Bed Race, visit or


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Join St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance with Lift Up America, Arizona Broadcasters Association and Tyson Foods, Inc. at the kick off of the Arizona Hunger Campaign, a year-long initiative with a goal to collect five million pounds of food for area food banks.

Attend THE News Conference Featuring Initial Donation by Tyson Foods Inc. to Food Banks at 10 a.m WITH ARIZONA sports legends Jerry Colangelo, Kurt Warner, Luis Gonzalez and Diana Taurasi.

Where: U.S. Airways Center in downtown Phoenix (Main Entrance off Jefferson Street)

When: Thursday, May 6th – 10:00 am

Why: In Arizona, 19.2% of all children under 18 are food-insecure, which is the fifth highest rate in the country (Dept. of Health and Human Services). This collaborative food drive, involving numerous Valley leaders, businesses, food agencies and churches will raise both the food and money to assist with the Arizona hunger problem.

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St. Mary’s Food Bank delivers 15 million pounds of food in West Valley

Daily News-Sun

The St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance’s locations in Surprise and Glendale teamed to distribute more than 15 million pounds of food this past year in the Sun Cities and throughout the West Valley.

Click here to read more….

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Vote Ava for the Mermaid Jingle Jam!

votenow_headerChicken of the Sea’s catchy jingle has been around since the 1960s, and since then, people around the world have been singing the famous tune. Now, we need your help to continue to keep the jingle a hit by voting for our local jingle maker, Ava Peeples.

By voting in the Mermaid Jingle Jam for Feeding America, you’ll be helping put seafood into the hands of hungry Americans in the Phoenix Metro Area, as the food bank associated with the grand-prize winner will be awarded $100,000 of Chicken of the Sea seafood!

Click here to vote for her (and you can vote up to 3x a day per email.) Send the word out and help St. Mary’s Food Bank!

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Are You a Small Business in Need of Marketing?

Marketing Advisor Mike Shubic

Marketing Advisor Mike Shubic


Group to assist small businesses in exchange for donations to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance

WHAT:  Just in time for the holidays, Valley marketers are assisting small businesses weather the economic recession, while also helping St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance shore up desperately needed food donations – with a free 2-hour marketing workshop in exchange for non-perishable food donations (minimum 5 each). Food donations will be collected at the workshop.

WHO:  The Fast Forward Marketing Braintrust, a new organization formed by Valley experts in new media, digital, public relations, branding, sales force development and other marketing-related disciplines. With 87 years of combined experience, this team of advisors and mentors has earned numerous accolades and awards on behalf of their marketing efforts.
[Bios at:
[St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance info at:]

WHEN: Tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 18th, 2008, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (This is kick-off and registration for the free workshop happening Dec. 8th from 2 to 4 p.m.)

WHERE:  Downtown Phoenix between Arizona Center and Phoenix Convention Ctr along 3rd Street. (Free workshop Dec. 8th at Burton Barr Central Phx Library)

WHY:  To assist small businesses and our community food banks during this challenging economy.

INFO: Visit


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Charity Navigator Ranks SMFBA “Exceptional”

St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance Ranked “Exceptional”
By Charity Navigator


Only 2 percent of charities receive 4-star evaluations for six consecutive years proving St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance outperforms most other charities in America


PHOENIXSt. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance has received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, the leading charity evaluator in America, making the world’s first food bank one of 2 percent of the charities rated to receive the designation for its ability to efficiently manage and grow its finances.


This exceptional designation indicates that St. Mary’s Food Bank Allliance consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way, and outperforms most other charities in America, says Ken Berger, President and CEO of Charity Navigator. “This differentiates St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust,” says Berger.


“Sound fiscal management is the cornerstone of our organization,” says Terry Shannon, President and CEO of St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance. “In a competitive philanthropic marketplace, it is humbling to be ranked by America’s premier charity evaluator with such high accolades.”


The users of Charity Navigator ( influence more than $10 billion in charitable gifts.

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The 2008 Student Food Drive Update…Corona del Sol Raises the Stakes!


The 2008 Student Food Drive is ending this week and all the participating schools are all doing an exceptional job this year. This year we have introduced The John Van Hengel Memorial Cup to be awarded on October 18th to the winning school at the U.S. Airways Center during the first intermission of the Roadrunners hockey game. The cup will be engraved with the winning school’s name and the names of the students who participated from that school. The trophy will also reside with the winning school for the current school year.


The stakes between these schools are getting high and St. Mary’s Food Bank has it on good authority that one school below is offering up extra credit for donations.

  • Mountain Ridge High School -Glendale
  • Ironwood High School -Glendale
  • Cactus High School -Glendale
  • Apollo High School-Glendale
  • Sandra Day O’Conner High School-Glendale
  • Centennial High School-Peoria
  • Corona Del Sol High School-Tempe
  • Marcos De Niza High School-Tempe
  • Sunnyslope High School-Phoenix


Who? Well, if you are lucky enough to be in Mr. Price’s English Class at Corona del Sol High School, you can receive up to 5 points of extra credit (participation) for donations.  Students can now earn one point per item donated, up to a maximum of 5 points with the deadline being Friday. 


Remember: Items most in need are peanut butter, rice and pasta, canned soups, tuna, fruit juice, and canned vegetables and fruits.


To find out the 2008 Student Food Drive winner, come out to the Roadrunner Hockey Game this Saturday.  For information on tickets, visit



–p.s. In addition to the cup, U.S. Airways has donated $1,500 in travel cards for the top three schools and a special award of $1,500 travel card to one student to be selected through an essay contest. Chipotle and Subway have also donated terrific food prizes for the second and third place schools. 

Who will win? STAY TUNED!!!!

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