Beasley Media Group’s Classic Rock 102.9 legendary Morning Personality John DeBella has announced the grand total for this year’s John DeBella Turkey Drop…. 9,056 turkeys! The annual event is the largest one-day food gathering event in Philadelphia.
On Tuesday, November 23rd, John DeBella broadcasted live from The Kimmel Center. In addition, the entire MGK’ on-air staff lent a helping hand on the air from 12 additional sites across the tri-state area. The turkeys will be given out to needy individuals and families throughout the holiday season.
“When I did this for the first time 39 years ago and only collected 300 turkeys, I never could have imagined numbers this big,” said DeBella. “Prior to going on the air this year our cash donations were 5 times higher than they were last year. Let the outside press say what they will about Philadelphia…the DeBellaware Valley takes care of its own.”
The Turkey Drop benefits Cityteam Philadelphia, a local non-profit organization that provides holiday meals as well as other important services for individuals and families in need. Cityteam has seen a record number of sign-ups for holiday meals in 2021, including a large percentage of families seeking assistance for the very first time.
This year’s collection included donations from: ACME Markets, The Garces Group, Parx Casino, 6ABC, Chevrolet and Cadillac of Turnersville, Davis Honda, United Food/Commercial Workers Local 1776, Dry Tech Waterproofing Solutions, the Dave Magrogran Group, IBEW Local 98, Armor Metals & Recycling, Dave Kellerher from David Dodge and Cairone Construction, Always Best Care, along with numerous donations from WMGK’s generous and loyal listeners.