by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL
Last Friday evening the Rockford Blockbuster Video store hosted, for the first time ever, a Community Involvement/Awareness event. What a better way to kick off what will be an on-going program than to support Rockford’s Farm Market in the America’s Favorite Farmers Market contest.
Your reporters, acting as unofficial campaign managers for the Rockford Farm Market in this contest, were allowed to set up a voting site just inside the entrance to the video store.
Going forward, Blockbuster plans to make their store available to other individuals, groups, or organizations as a service outreach to their customers in Rockford and the surrounding communities. “Events such as a community blood drive, fire department safety programs, first aid demonstrations, and law enforcement programs such as ‘say no to strangers/say no to drugs’ geared towards children are examples of events Blockbuster might consider hosting,” said Rockford’s Blockbuster Video store manager, Kelly Hoye, adding, “We would not approve petition takers especially those backing a recall or politicians campaigning for public office, for that matter. In other words, nothing of a controversial nature that would imply Blockbuster’s support.”
That evening we were honored to be the first group chosen to participate in this newly begun program. We were there to further promote a feel-good community effort – that being named America’s Favorite Farmers Market. We had little difficult harvesting some 100 new votes in the three hours we were allotted. Very few people “say no” when asked to cast a vote for our cherished hometown farm market.
Thank-you Blockbuster for allowing us to take advantage of the high customer count traffic at your Rockford location. And thanks also to everyone who voted that night. Every vote counts and yours might be the one that will put us over the top!
Groups or individuals interested in reserving a day or evening in this on-going program may contact Rockford’s Blockbuster Video store manager, Kelly Hoye, at 863-9996 for further details.