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AMI, OB/GYN Associates to face off in food drive
BY PAUL BALCERAK
Cue the Monday Night Football music and break out the crazy exploding graphics two local medical firms are ready for a showdown.
In an effort to help out the Bremerton Food Line, Silverdale-based firms Advanced Medical Imaging (AMI) and Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates are competing in a food drive, which started April 15.
At stake: a pizza party for the winning firm.
The winners, however, have really already been determined. All food raised for the food drive will go to the Bremerton Food Line to help at a time of year when demand is high and food donations are thin.
I like this idea; this is the way to do food drives, Food Line Executive Director Monica Bernard said. Its just going to promote extra enthusiasm for the food drive.
AMI has participated in a spring food drive for several years and this is the second year theyve challenged another medical company in a head-to-head duel. It was an idea AMI Marketing Director Susan Phillips came up with last year, when she broke her leg and ended up spending a lot of time at Kitsap Physical Therapy.
AMI challenged Kitsap Physical to the drive and came out on top with more than 7,000 items donated.
Were a pretty competitive company, I think, Phillips said.
AMI also has a numbers advantage over OB/GYN about 70 employees to OB/GYNs more modest 40.
Its a little bit unfair, Phillips admitted.
OB/GYN employees dont seem to mind, though, and are reveling in their status as the underdogs.
Theyre bigger, but were feisty, OB/GYN Practice Administrator Becky Marcaras said.
Of course, no matter what the outcome, the real beneficiaries of the food drive are the people who patronize the food line.
Supplies tend to run thin during the spring and summer months and the Food Line can be left to fend for itself and buy supplies, Bernard said.
The bulk of our donations come in, in the November-December timeframe, she said. Its right about now we start to run down on our food supplies.
Having food drives this time of year is just essential for us.
It hasnt helped that the economy has been in a downturn of late, too, further driving down donations and driving up patronage.
Everybody is coming in because of demand for service and need for service, Bernard said.
She said the number of families the Food Line has served has gone up 15 percent since last year and that overall patronage is up 10 to 12 percent.
I cant attribute it to anything other than the economy, Bernard said.
The food drive is set to last two weeks.