Buckets for Hunger in 2003

NBA all-star, Michael Finley, of the Dallas Mavericks, has combined with the Buckets for Hunger, Incorporated, organization of Oregon, Wisconsin, to raise over $136,000 to fight hunger in Wisconsin and Texas.

Throughout the month of October, Buckets ran its second annual "Michael Finley's Buckets for Hunger Basketball Shooting Contest". Local events were held in twenty-three communities across Wisconsin inviting people to compete for plaques, scholarship, trips and tickets to basketball games while helping to fight hunger in their local communities. Over four hundred basketball shooters took part in the events.On Sunday, November 9, 137 finalists from the local contests showed up for the State finals in McFarland, Wisconsin.

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Teen Girls
Adult Women
Adult Men
American Express Financial Advisors served as the lead sponsor for the event for the second straight year. Charter Communications, WIBA AM and FM and ESPN Radio 1070 of Madison provided media coverage across the state. Alliant Energy produced all of the printed promotional materials. Bo Ryan, head coach of the University of Wisconsin men's team and Lisa Stone, head coach of the UW women's team appeared in a commercial promoting the events.
As a result of the contest, Buckets distributed over $30,000 worth of checks to the food pantries of those participating communities. The top fund-raising community was Watertown, WI with revenue of over $2700. The McFarland, WI site had the greatest number of participants with fifty. Michael Finley personally donated $10,000 to the event.
Then on November 25, four members of the Buckets Board of Directors traveled to Dallas, Texas, to work with the North Texas Food Bank, the Dallas Mavericks and Mr. Finley to challenge the Mavericks' fans to fight hunger in the Dallas area. Michael's teammates, Antawn Jamison and Antoine Walker, matched Michael's $10,000 donation to challenge the fans. American Express Financial Advisors provided a $10,000 contribution for the event and the fans threw in quarters, dollars, tens, twenties and even 100-dollar bills as they arrived for the game. Plus, several very generous people wrote checks out for amounts from $500 to $600 to $1000 to $10,000 and finally $45,000. The grand total for the night came to over $109,690. It was a new single-night record for the North Texas Food Bank and for Buckets for Hunger, Incorporated.
Those totals have helped put Buckets over the $500,000 mark in proceeds in the last nine years. That figure has allowed Buckets to help food pantries in nine different states purchase over 3,500,000 pounds of food for the needy.
Buckets for Hunger, Incorporated, is a non-profit organization with corporate headquarters in Oregon, Wisconsin. As it always has been it is operated entirely by volunteers. Call 1-888-351-9154 for details.
4761 Coolidge Street
Oregon, WI 53575
Phone: 1-888-351-9154
Fax: 1-608-835-2887