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Kobie Marketing Donates 46,334 Pounds of Food to St. Petersburg Free Clinic

Donations Will Benefit Local Food Bank Serving Over 40,000 Residents in Need Per Month

St. Petersburg, FL (December 22, 2014) – Kobie Marketing’s annual food drive for St. Petersburg Free Clinic (SPFC) Food Bank drew enormous support from the community and exceeded donation goals. Kobie is pleased to announce their staff, clients and partners collectively raised 46,334 pounds of food valued at almost $81,000.

“The 46,334 pounds will make a huge difference in our community and will help keep the food bank stocked with food until Spring, a time when historically the Food Bank is close to empty,” said Ken Murphy, Director of St. Petersburg Free Clinic Food Bank.

SPFC Food Bank is one of eight programs offered by the clinic, providing food to approximately 40,000 people each month and distributing food to more than 60 partner agencies around Saint Petersburg. Kobie has supported the food bank since 2008.

The food drive began in October, with Kobie’s staff splitting into teams and competing to raise the most money and food. Various fundraisers were held in the Kobie office, such as catered lunches, bake sales, and massages from a licensed masseuse. The fundraising culminated with a “Stomp Out Starving” event held at Ferg’s Sports Bar and Grill which featured a silent auction, carnival booths, and live music.

“I’m so proud of the Kobie team and our supporters for far surpassing our donation goal this year,” said Michael Hemsey, President of Kobie Marketing. “46,334 pounds more than doubled last year’s donation of 21,000 pounds and required a semi-truck for delivery to the Food Bank. As our food drive grows each year, we’re not only able to donate food but also draw more attention to important work done by SPFC and increase awareness about hunger in our community.”

Kobie would like to thank the generosity of their valued contributing partners, including the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Outback Steakhouse, U-Haul, RoadMaster Driving School, Dillard’s, Brown & Brown of Florida, Eckerd College, Jimmy John’s, McLain Foods, Inc., St. Petersburg Bicycle and Fitness, Eagle Datagistics, Hairport 79, St. Pete Greenhouse, Gratzzi Italian Grille, Oyster Bar, The Amsterdam, Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts, Aria Spa, Fresco’s Waterfront Bistro, Ruby’s Elixir Cigar Bar, The Body Electric Company, Skin Deep Spatique, and Platinum Spa. Kobie would also like to thank the following family and friends for their generous online donations: Kenneth Epstein, Jill Espeset Epstein, Steve Farmer, John and Jackie Goldrick, Wade Green, Jamie Harden, Michael Hartmann, Christopher Hemsey, Randy Martinez, Frank Merrill, Patrick Nash, Josh Schafer, John Floto, Farid Hemsey, and Kathleen Hemsey.

For more information about Kobie’s SPFC Food Drive and involvement in the local community, please contact Jennifer James at Jennifer.James@Kobie.com.

About Kobie
Kobie Marketing is a global leader in loyalty marketing and an industry pioneer, delivering end-to-end strategy, technology and program management solutions. For 25 years, Kobie has provided innovative loyalty experiences to the world’s most successful brands, helping clients receive incremental revenue, product and household penetration, and brand advocacy. Kobie drives results and ROI through Kobie Alchemy®, a best-in-class loyalty marketing technology platform. To learn more, visit http://www.kobie.com.

About St. Petersburg Free Clinic
St. Petersburg Free Clinic is a multi-service, independent, not-for-profit human services agency providing neighbors in need assistance with food, shelter and health care. They have been caring for the underserved facing temporary emergency needs throughout Pinellas County since 1970.The Free Clinic is comprised of eight programs that are a beacon of hope for families and individuals who fall through the cracks of existing systems and services. To learn more, please visit http://www.stpetersburgfreeclinic.org/.