The results are in for the 20,000 Turkeys for Tucson Donation Drive.
After the Dec. 15 turkey drive, Chris Edwards from Tucson Appliance Company raised the most money and food.
Edwards and Mr. An’s Teppan Steak and Sushi had a friendly competition going on to see who could bring in the most money/food.
If Mr. An won, Edwards would wash dishes or bus tables at Mr. An’s restaurant. If Edwards won, Mr. An would wear a turkey costume and stand outside Tucson Appliance and wave at the passing traffic.
No one bet against Casino Del Sol Resort because no one bets against a casino. Edwards saved himself from putting in a shift at Mr. An’s Teppan Steak and Sushi restaurant.
Thanks to the generosity of the Tucson community, Casino Del Sol Resort, Mr. An’s Teppan Steak and Sushi and An del Sol, and Tucson Appliance Company were able to raise a total of 17,200 pounds of food to benefit The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.
More than 250,000 Southern Arizonans receive help from the food bank each month, and this holiday season, the demand is greater than ever. The donations received helped the Food Bank.
Here are the actual tallies of the donation drive; were Tucson Appliance at $8,152, or 13,808 pounds, which equals 1,292 turkeys. Mr. An’s received $5,838.35, or 2,106, which equals 439 turkeys. Sol Casino’s received $604, 1,286 pounds, which equals 112 turkeys.
The average cost of a turkey is $19, and the average weight is 16 pounds. The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona divided the cash amounts by $19 to determine how many birds could be bought at that average cost. Then, they divided the total pounds by 16 for approximate number of turkeys received.
Though the goal of 20,000 turkeys was not met, the donation drive was a success and the three business owners rallied their customers to donate to the cause.