Hoops Against Hunger
The 3rd Annual Hoops Against Hunger Hotel Challenge
For Eblen Charities and thirteen area hotels the tournament doesn't begin in March, it only culminates there as, starting February 20th, banners and collection barrels will be delivered to our competing hotels in the 3rd Annual Hoops Against Hunger Hotel Challenge. We are honored that eleven of the SoCon Team Host Hotels along with two additional Vertille hotels will be participating this year as they collect food donations from their guests and employees in effort to help feed thousands of children in Western North Carolina.
Thank you to our participating host hotels:
Crowne Plaza, Cambria Hotel, Doubletree Hotel, Hampton Inn Biltmore, Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton Biltmore Park, Hyatt Place, Renaissance Hotel, Sheraton Four Points, Holiday Inn Biltmore West, Holiday Inn Express & Suites SW Outlet Center, Comfort Suites Outlets, Quality Inn & Suites Biltmore East
Last year, due in large part to this competition we were able to collect a literal ton of food and our goal this year is to shoot for that again! The Hotel Challenge has proven to be an excellent means of accomplishing that goal as it provides a fun way to collect through friendly competition with a wonderful tournament prize as each winning hotel will receive 30 Tickets for their staff to the Men's Championship Game where they will be honored at center court with their championship trophy.
Hotels will be judged on the amount and variety of food collected, as well as their team spirit for the competition. Although the collecting continues through the tournament weekend, the challenge ends March 4th before the tournament. We encourage everyone to check in with our social media for their posts and to thank them for their efforts in the next few weeks as we see how the competition heats up. You may even want to stop by your favorite hotel and donate there yourself, as it truly is a team effort.
"It is a most heartening visual to walk into a hotel lobby during the tourney weekend to see the sheer volume of food these competing hotels provide. While they may not realize the impact their collection of food has on the children in our community, we at Eblen Charities are quite aware and very grateful." - Eddie Gumm (Eblen Charities)
Suggested Food List:
Cereal, Peanut Butter, Crackers, Fruit Cups, Shelf Stable Dinners, (like frozen dinners but found on shelves) Canned Meat (Beef, Tuna, Chicken, etc..) Cheese Crackers, Ramen Noodles, Instant Oatmeal, Granola Bars, Quick Mac & Cheese, Pop-Top Ravioli, Pudding Cups, Pop-Tart
Hoops Against Hunger at the Ingles SoCon Basketball Championships!
Eblen Charities is proud to announce for the sixth consecutive year, the Ingles Southern Conference Basketball Championship has chosen to partner with Eblen Charities' Hoops Against Hunger as the official charity of the tourney.
We are so thankful to our partners for giving us this opportunity. The tournament weekend, held at Harrah's Cherokee Center Asheville, will not only provide us with a chance to collect food and donations, but it is a special time for our volunteers as it is one of the largest and most anticipated sporting events in the South East. From the Hotel Challenge to the Ingles Fan Experience, the games, the mascots, and everything in between, there is always something fun going on. And when the Hoops Against Hunger Halftime Cheerleader Relays aren't stealing the halftime show, we are being provided with an opportunity to not only help the children of WNC in their battle against hunger but also a chance to raise awareness for the visiting fans and teams to take home and get involved in their community as well. It is a special time for a cause that is otherwise so often forgotten.
While everyone may know what it's like to be hungry, imagine what it would be like if you didn't have the means to feed yourself, when the inconvenience that we know of being hungry begins to transform into the invisible monster that is HUNGER. It is a battle many of the children in our community face on a regular basis and that is why the heroic efforts and donations of our partners and friends are are so critical. It is through our combined efforts that we our able to assist these children in their time of need and we couldn't be more thankful. For a child, hunger leads to far worse circumstances than an empty stomach as it effects everything from their health and well being to their school work, friendships and home-life; stunting not only their physical growth but their personal growth as well. Every chance we have to feed a child is a chance to save a child.
All food donated during the tournament will be distributed to students in Buncombe County for Spring Break. This truly is an amazing event and a fantastic opportunity to help, and we hope to see you there!
We would like to thank our partners who make the Hoops Against Hunger Program possible; Ingles Markets, Southern Conference, iHeartMedia Asheville, News 13 WLOS, Arby’s, Pepsi, Brumit Restaurant Group, Asheville Buncombe Regional Sports Commission and Buncombe County Schools.