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									6   The Community Connection • August 26, 2005                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                              Local News

    ‘Thunder’ rumbles as large scale food drive event approaches
      By Jordan Mauger               from organizations as far as         clubs to Thunder in the Valley,”     ice men and women to do so,”            shock waves for years to come,         window for an official offering.
       Connection Intern             Gettysburg,        Pennsylvania,”    Malizzi said. “This would truly      Malizzi said. “We want to               according to Malizzi. “We have             Malizzi is still accepting par-
                                     Malizzi said.                        bring a new meaning to               encourage and thank the fami-           been so invited into the commu-        ticipation from churches, youth
   With each passing day, the            The 24-hour food drive will      ‘Thunder’ when people would          lies who give up time with these        nity and plan to launch many           groups, clubs, businesses and
good will, support and momen-        commence at 8 p.m. on Friday,        see custom cars and motorcy-         individuals so they can do so           events throughout the coming           other interested parties until
tum surrounding the “Thunder         September 9 and conclude at 8        cles filled with food for the        much for the community.”                year in response to the positive       September 9. “Hunger knows no
in the Valley” event increases       p.m. on September 10. On             needy.”                              Malizzi is also inviting all area       reception,” Malizzi said. “We          denomination or age group,”
with intensity. Numerous local       Friday night, Malizzi said he            Also planned are art and         churches to hold similar servic-        are simply the noise generating        Malizzi said. “Every can counts.
businesses, organizations and        wants to see “miles of head-         kid’s events, including one of       es on that day and offer tribute        good will.” Future events will         Whether it’s one can or a trailer
churches are joining the com-        lights and the line never stop-      the world’s largest postcards to     to local service personnel that         be motivated by the same con-          full, you can still touch someone
munity effort set to take place at   ping until 8 p.m. the next night.”   be sent overseas to honor the        are part of their congregation.         cept as the upcoming food drive.       in a positive way.” Any compa-
Morningstar Fellowship church            The Boyertown United Way,        men and women of the military.           Promoting good will and             On November 19, a food drive           ny or organization that wants to
in Bechtelsville on September 9,     one of the spon-                                       Children and       family values has been a goal of        and free Christian concert will        participate should contact Mark
10 and 11.                           sors            of                                     their families     Team Thunder since it was first         be held at the Hill School in          Malizzi at 610-689-0600.
   Organizing party Team
Thunder, led by co-chair Mark
                                     “Thunder,” has
                                     dedicated itself
                                                               “We are                      in attendance
                                                                                            will have an
                                                                                                               created out of a 10-person Bible
                                                                                                               study group. Team Thunder con-
                                                                                                                                                       Pottstown to benefit the
                                                                                                                                                       Salvation Army of Pottstown.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Malizzi is so confident in the
                                                                                                                                                                                              success of the food drive that he
Malizzi [service manager at          to the event as       promoting the                    opportunity to     sists of members from multiple          “Our goal is to feed people in         is now negotiating for the use of
Fred Beans Ford of Boyertown],       part of its new                                        put       hand     churches and focuses on “taking         need for Thanksgiving,” Malizzi        ten tractor trailers to be filled
are aiming to reach a set goal of    campaign        of    values of being                  prints      and    from area pastors how we                said. “The thunder will continue       with food items as opposed to
200,000 pounds of food, all of       “targeting                                             draw pictures      should be to our neighbors and          to roll” with all of these future      the previously intended six trail-
which will benefit local food        efforts into what    good neighbors                    on the huge        putting it into practice outside of     events.                                ers. “Forget about 200,000
banks including: the Salvation       matters,” said                                         postcard.          the church,” Malizzi said. “We              Malizzi has devoted a large        pounds,” Malizzi said. “Let’s
Army of Boyertown, Boyertown         D e b b i e
                                                         in order to make                      The Boy         are promoting the values of             amount of time and effort into         blow that away and bring in
Area       Multi-Service,
Salvation Army of Pottstown,
                              the    Khateeb, a coor-
                                     dinator at the
                                                          our community                     Scouts
                                                                                                               being good neighbors in order to
                                                                                                               make our community stronger.”
                                                                                                                                                       making “Thunder in the Valley”
                                                                                                                                                       a success. Malizzi said he is
                                                                                                                                                                                              500,000. What do we have to
                                                                                                                                                                                              lose. Everybody wins.”
the Greater Berks Food Bank
and other local food banks.
                                     United       Way.        stronger.”                    involved in            Also getting involved in the        “proud and blessed to be a part
                                     “We want to                                            “Thunder”          “thunderous” effort is the              of this community” and wants to
   Patty Richwine, a core offi-
cer at the Salvation Army of
                                     make positive
                                     and lasting changes in the com-
                                                                                            with events
                                                                          throughout the day. The Hawk
                                                                                                               Boyertown School District. “We
                                                                                                               are     planning       with     the
                                                                                                                                                       “set a new precedent for our
                                                                                                                                                       community and what our focus
                                                                                                                                                                                                  When you go…
Boyertown, said the “Thunder         munity.” Khateeb sees the food       Mountain Boy Scouts “Scouting        Boyertown Key Club and senior           should be.” Fred Beans Ford of           Who: Team Thunder and
in the Valley” event last year,      drive as an opportunity for          for Food” event is teaming with      class to create events for student      Boyertown owner Dennis                   numerous contributing spon-
which collected both food and        Boyertown to demonstrate the         the “Thunder” food drive, com-       participation,” Malizzi said.           Malloy said Malizzi is “very             sors
clothing items, greatly benefit-     philanthropic nature of this         bining their yearly food drive       One idea that is being discussed        dedicated to this event,” and            What: Food drive, family
ted the Salvation Army, and she      community. “Unfortunately, the       with the “Thunder” effort.           involves the school dance set to        Malloy thinks the effort will be         events and two church serv-
looks forward to this year’s         amount of need in our commu-             Cabelas’ events and a Miller-    take place the night of                 well worth it. “It will be fun, and      ices to honor local EMT, fire
event. “It was a real big event      nity is growing,” Khateeb said,      Keystone Blood Drive are             September 9th. Students would           it is a good cause,” Malloy said.        personnel, police and
last year, and Mark has taken it     “and this event will hopefully       planned for Saturday as well.        pay admission to the dance by               All food items donated for           military
ever further this year,” Richwine    energize the local community to      “There is something for every-       bringing 5 cans of food rather          the upcoming “Thunder in the             When: September 9,10 and
said. “We are grateful for the       help those in need.” Malizzi said    one,” Malizzi said. “This is a       than the usual dollar amount that       Valley” food drive must be non-          11
food, and the people who come        the partnership with the United      way to support the community         is charged for entry.                   perishable, canned soup, canned          Where: Morningstar
in [to the weekly food pantry at     Way is perfect due to the shared     but have fun too.”                       Malizzi sees Boyertown              vegetables, canned fruits, dried         Fellowship Church in
the Salvation Army] really           goal between the “Thunder”               The emphasis on the family       High School as a potential major        pasta, etc., and no food in glass        Bechtelsville, PA
appreciate it.”                      event and the United Way cam-        aspect of the “Thunder” week-        contributor to this noble cause.        containers will be accepted.             Why: Collecting food to
   In addition to providing an       paign.                               end is intentional, according to     The previous record for Largest         Food donations must also be              benefit local food banks and
exceptional amount of aid for            Growing support has led to       Malizzi. “This event gives par-      USA Food Drive for the                  within their expiration date and         aiming to set two world
local residents in need, the         the cultivation of new events at     ents the opportunity to instill in   Salvation Army according to             must not be damaged in any way           records to be authorized by
immense scale of the food drive      the “Thunder” celebration.           their children the need of com-      Ripley’s Believe It or Not is           that affects their suitability for       Guinness and Ripley’s Believe
will hopefully lead to the break-    Classic      Harley     Davidson     munity spirit,” Malizzi said.        65,114 cans, raised by John             consumption. Any food not                It or Not
ing of two world records:            Motorcycle of Reading, one of        “We are setting precedents for       Glenn High School in Ohio. “If          meeting these standards will be          More info:
Guinness World Records’              the newest businesses to join the    future generations to follow.”       Boyertown High School takes             returned.                      
“Largest Food Drive by a Non-        “Thunder” effort, will be partic-        The two church services set      the same initiative, they could             Harleysville National Bank,
Charitable Organization in a 24-     ipating in the family events set     to take place at Morningstar         raise 100,000 cans themselves,”         Redner’s Warehouse Market
hour Period” and Ripley’s            to take place all day Saturday,      Fellowship       on      Sunday,     Malizzi said.                           and the three facilities of the
Believe It or Not’s “Largest         September 10. Events already         September 11 at 9 a.m. and 11            Due to the fact that no event       Boyertown Area YMCA will
USA Food Drive for the               scheduled include a car and bike     a.m. will have a similar goal.       has ever been done like                 serve as food collection points
Salvation Army.” With the rapid      show, which includes an open         These services will honor local      “Thunder”         before      now,      in the month of August for those             Please visit
increase of support for the
event, Malizzi said he believes
                                     challenge to all custom car own-
                                     ers to fill their vehicles with as
                                                                          fire companies, police, EMTs
                                                                          and military as well as their
                                                                                                               Guinness World Records has
                                                                                                               created a new category specifi-
                                                                                                                                                       who will be unable to attend and
                                                                                                                                                       donate at the actual event.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   our Web site:
the food drive will have no
problem setting these new
                                     much food as possible to donate
                                     to the food drive. “We personal-
                                                                          families. “We’re honoring the
                                                                          families of these people who put
                                                                                                               cally for this type of event.
                                                                                                                   The September “Thunder”
                                                                                                                                                       Malizzi also encourages other
                                                                                                                                                       sponsors to have their own food
records. “It is expanding so         ly invite all custom car and         their lives on the line because      event is the launch of an out-          drives and bring the food to      
much that we have gotten calls       motorcycle enthusiasts and           these families allow these serv-     reach program that will create          “Thunder” during the 24-hour

                                                                                                                Connection Photo by Diane Van Dyke
                                                                                                               Carol Frey recently received
                                                                                                               the Paul Harris Fellow Award
                                                                                                               from Rotary International. She
                                                                                                               has given a total of $2,000 to
                                                                                                               the Rotary International
                                                                                                               Foundation to help with inter-
                                                                                                               national relief programs, includ-
                                                                                                               ing tsunami relief, polio vaccina-
                                                                                                               tion, clean water management,
                                                                                                               student exchange and profes-
                                                                                                               sional exchange. From left: Col.
                                                                                                               Harry Yoder, Frey, and Cliff
                                                                                                               Reinert, Rotary president.

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