Larimer County companies break food bank fundraising record

FORT COLLINS – Larimer County businesses set a record by raising more than $125,000 and donating almost 13,000 pounds of food for the Food Bank for Larimer County.

The nonprofit, announcing Thursday the results of its 2012 Corporate Food Fight, said it was the most successful fundraising campaign in the organization’s 28-year history. The support will provide the equivalent of 625,000 pounds of food, or 500,000 meals, for hunger relief in the county.

The Corporate Food Fight pitted 21 organizations throughout the county in a competition to donate the most food and money.

NVIDIA won the Top Fundraiser Award and Overall Champion designation. The company, with 27 employees locally, donated $37,709, the most the food bank has ever received during the fundraiser.

Poudre Valley Health System won the Top Foodraiser Award by contributing more than 5,379 pounds and $16,059. Kevin Unger, Poudre Valley Hospital CEO and a food bank board member, danced in a tutu to reward staff for reaching its fundraising goal.

Woodward Inc. earned the Total Points Award by donating 368 pounds and $14,943.

AMD won the Impact Award by donating $12,819 and 164 pounds of food. The food bank honored Tolmar and Intel as Most Valuable Runner-ups. Each company donated more than $6,000.

Crop Production Services won the Newcomer Award with its contribution of $4,325 and 750 pounds of food.

“The outpouring of generosity and support by organizations in our community and their employees is astounding,” Heather Buoniconti, development director of the food bank, said in a statement.

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