Moberly Area Community College is beginning its 2nd Annual Golden Drumstick Challenge with a new twist for 2010. At Wednesday’s Greyhound game, MACC President Dr. Evelyn Jorgenson challenged Moberly Public School Superintendant Mark Penny to join MACC in raising money and food to provide Christmas dinner to 150 families each through the Randolph County Care and Share Program. This challenge will triple MACC’s goal from last year, which was 100 families. MACC’s beloved mascot, MaJiC, was on-hand to show off the official Golden Drumstick Trophy the two teams will be competing to win.
MACC’s Main Campus buildings are also competing against each other again this year for their own Golden Drumstick trophy and general bragging rights. They are judged on the number of items and cash donated.
While the trophy is just a fun gag, the bragging rights have gotten to be a serious issue. Both MACC and the Moberly Public Schools have created an email address called "turkey talk" specifically for trash talking between buildings and teams. Turkey Talk has kept inboxes full with hilarious jabs, photos and boasts. Employees have written poems, fight songs and jokes about their competitors. The participation is a heart-warming morale boost during this busy and normally stressful enrollment season for the College. Surprisingly, it's given a unifying common goal for employees to rally behind.
The most important aspect of the Golden Drumstick Challenge is the goal to feed 300 families Christmas dinner between each of the teams efforts
MACC Organizer Shannon Crist said, “We are so excited about this second year of the Golden Drumstick Challenge. It was such a success last year that we decided to multiply our efforts with a new challenge to Mr. Penny and the public schools. They have taken off with the idea and are already giving us a run for our money or cans if you like! We anticipate feeding many more Randolph County families this year.”
After Dr. Jorgenson issued her challenge on Wednesday night, Penny took the mic and said what both teams were thinking, “On behalf of 2400 Moberly Public School students, I accept your challenge. It’s on!”
And so it is! The Golden Drumstick Challenge will wrap up on December 10 and the teams will deliver their food to the Municipal Auditorium for the Care and Share.
MACC President Dr. Evelyn Jorgenson challenged Moberly Public School Superintendant Mark Penny to the Golden Drumstick Challenge at Wednesday’s Greyhound Game. The goal is for both teams to raise food to provide Christmas Dinner to 150 families each (a total of 300) through the Randolph County Care and Share Program. Penny accepted the challenge saying, “It’s on!”