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Preston and Steve's Camp Out for Hunger 2009


By Dennis Bakay and Joe Vallee

Every year, thousands of fans from The Morning Show with Preston and Steve  head down to Plymouth Meeting to the Metroplex for their annual Preston and Steve's Campout for Hunger 2009Camp Out For Hunger, a week-long food drive run by 93.3 WMMR  and Philabundance.

For those of you who aren't entirely familiar with Camp Out For Hunger, The Morning Show crew sets up a tent during the first week of December where the entire show is broadcasted. Fans can come into the tent, hang out, and watch the live broadcast of the show the entire week. But the fun doesn't end there. WMMR and the Preston and Steve team have many festivities lined up throughout the day and evening all week. The event, which is now in its 11th year, was started by host Preston Elliot and co-host Steve Morrison when they worked at the now defunct Y-100. And according to the two hosts, the event has come a long way since its inception.

"In the beginning, it was just one truck," says Morrison. "We were just looking to fill that one truck, and it was just a box truck. The first year we did a ton. Last year, we had around 230 tons." During the week, Elliot and Morrison camp out in an RV parked outside the tent: something they have done for every year the event has taken place.

The most important thing is that this is all for charity. Philabundance, a Philadelphia-based food bank sets up trucks at the Metroplex, and people are encouraged to donate as much food as possible. Heading into this year's Camp Out for Hunger, Morrison has been a little weary of how the turnout will be due to the economy. However, when Philly2Philly.com arrived Monday morning, hundreds of people were in attendance watching the show. And yes, many were bringing canned goods and non-perishable items. "We've never been disappointed with the generosity of the people in the Delaware Valley," Morrison says. "It's impressive beyond words. It's our nature to worry. Last year, we did very well with the event. But when things get the way they are (with the economy), we will be glad to take what we can get. When you see the rain coming, you don't know how people are going to react or how it's going to affect things, but people still tend to be very generous."

"That's why we never have a goal for what we want to raise," states Elliot. "You hate to come up short in case we set a goal and it doesn't happen. But just like Steve said, we'll take what we can get, because whatever we get is already more than what the people who need this food have right now."

Despite a horrid economy and unemployment reaching record highs, many people still came out in droves for this great cause. 6 ABC's  Matt O'Donnell and David Murphy stopped by to offer their support. Eagles long snapper Jon Dorenbos  was there as well. Local Brazilian percussion band Philly Bloco served as the house band to kick off the festivities on Monday. The high point of the morning occurred when Nick McIlwain arrived on a helicopter (courtesy of the Penn STAR  Crew) to the Metroplex for the second straight year.  Nick McIlwain drops in at Preston and Steve's Campout for Hunger 2009

The fine folks at Acme also stopped down to donate $7,500 to the cause. According to Judy Spires, President of Acme Markets, Acme used "A 24-foot tractor trailer filled to the brim (to deliver food donations). We couldn't get another can on it!," Spires proudly stated. "The food was donated through Acmemarkets.com. You can go on your computer 24 hours a day if you want to make a donation. This year, we made it very easy for the radio listeners as well as our customers to go online and click on for a donation. We accumulated all of the donations and brought them down here. The listeners donated $7,500 worth of food and Acme Markets matched their donations."

For those of you who would like to donate to Philabundance, head down to the Metroplex in Plymouth Meeting. If you're coming from the city take the 476 North exit towards Plymouth Meeting. If you're coming from the suburbs in the west, take either Ridge Pike all the way down to Chemical Road, or take 422 to Route 76 to the 476 exit for Plymouth Meeting. Preston and Steve and the WMMR crew will be there along with Philabundance through Friday.

Check out Aileen Bannon's EXCLUSIVE LENS Gallery of yersterday's event HERE

For more information go to http://www.wmmr.com/events/2009/camp-out-for-hunger/