Draymond Green and Festus Ezeli Join Lucky Supermarkets For Community Food Drive March 10
Fans Attend Fundraiser To Help Raise Over $18,000 Worth Of Food And Funds For Alameda County Residents
Golden State Warriors big men Draymond Green and Festus Ezeli spent time with fans at Alameda’s Lucky Supermarket on Monday, March 10. The Warriors second-year players partnered with Lucky Supermarket to raise over $18,000 providing over $72,000 worth of food for Alameda County Community Food Bank, which feeds over 49,000 community members every week - two thirds of whom are children and seniors.
"It’s wonderful that the Warriors and Lucky Supermarket could host this event to really make a positive impact in the lives of others," said Save Mart Director of Public Affairs and Communications Alicia Rockwell.
Fans who made a $10 donation to Alameda County Community Food Bank could enter a Warriors-themed food drive event filled with music, food, games and entertainment. The biggest hit of the event were Green and Ezeli, who played games with the children, signed autographs and thanked the generous fans for attending.
"I’m excited to be here and spend some time with Warriors fans," said Green. “The best part is that every dollar that the Warriors and Lucky Supermarket raise today will go towards feeding those in our community who need it the most.”
Every dollar raised at the Community Food Drive generates $4 in food for residents of Alameda County that need food assistance, visit a food pantry or kitchen, or receives meals in their schools.
"We’re so thankful to the fans that came out here today, and to the Warriors and Lucky Supermarkets for supporting the food bank’s mission to feed our community.” said Alameda County Community Food Bank Corporate Partnerships and Events Manager Kathryn Weber.
The food drive was emceed by Warriors Hype Woman Ruby Lopez, who invited fans to participate in a raffle for Warriors prizes, to jump in the Warriors bounce house, enter an Oreo stacking competition, hang out with the Warrior Girls, eat a Kinder’s pulled pork sandwich or Harris Ranch steak sandwich. Green and Ezeli joined the fans in all of these activities, with Festus even getting his face painted side-by-side with young fans.
"Thank you to the Alameda Lucky Supermarket for partnering with the Warriors today to host this event; thank you to the Alameda County Community Food Bank for providing so greatly to our community; and thank you to the fans for coming out and making this a great time," said Ezeli.
At the end of the event, Ezeli presented Alameda County Community Food Bank Executive Director Suzan Bateson with a check for the total amount raised of $18,200, which will provide nearly 40,000 meals for the 1 in 6 Alameda County residents the Food Bank serves.
“We are so fortunate for the partnership of The Warriors and Lucky Supermarket – both through this event and year-round,” said Bateson. “The support of these two organizations makes a real difference in the lives of our neighbors struggling with the burden of hunger.”