KPPV & Local Businesses Team Up for Holiday Safe-Ride Home Program Annual “Do The Ride Thing” Helps Hundreds Get Home Safely

Chino Valley, Prescott, Prescott Valley, AZ – KPPV 106.7 FM “The Mix” along with Hensley Beverage Co. and local businesses will team-up again this holiday season with their “Do The Ride Thing” program. The annual safe-ride program offers free taxi rides home to those who wish to drink at local establishments participating in the program in the Prescott area.

From 5pm Christmas Eve through 6am New Years Day, All City Kokopelli Transport will be providing free cab rides to those who request it from their server; one ride per person to their home only. Hensley Beverage Co., Bucky’s and Yavapai Casinos, Tim’s Auto Group, Cable One, Prescott Newspapers Inc. and KPPV will pick up the tab. “This program is just a back-up plan. We want to encourage everyone to drink responsibly and use a designated driver,” said Gary Bentley, General Manager for the Prescott Valley branch of Hensley Beverage Co.

Since its inception in 1989, the program has helped thousands of people get home safely during the holidays making the roads in the tri-city area safer for all travelers. “People will be out celebrating and we hope they will use this valuable service wherever needed,” said KPPV 106.7 FM’s President Sanford Cohen.

Sponsors of “Do The Ride Thing” include KPPV 106.7 FM, Hensley Beverage Co., All City Kokopelli Transport, Bucky’s and Yavapai Casinos, Tim’s Auto Group, Cable One and Prescott Newspapers, Inc.

Do the Ride Thing is endorsed by all local law enforcement agencies.

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LOCAL THE UPS STORES TO LAUNCH MONTH-LONG HOLIDAY FOOD & GIFT DRIVE THIS SATURDAY AT PRESCOTT VALLEY LOCATION

Prescott Valley, AZ – “Operation Santa Cause,” a month-long campaign sponsored by local
The UPS Stores to raise much needed food, clothing and toys for needy families in Yavapai County, will officially take flight on Saturday, December 8, at The UPS Store in Prescott Valley, with a festive celebration scheduled to include free food from Sally B’s, Pepsi product refreshments, and a live remote featuring Sandy Moss from radio station KPPV-106.7 FM.
The event, which is scheduled to run from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Prescott Valley’s Safeway Plaza, located at 7760 State Route 69, will mark the beginning in what is hoped will be a successful drive conducted at all four The UPS Stores in the area during December to benefit the Yavapai Food Bank and the estimated 5500 – 6000 families it helps on a monthly basis.
According to Greg Kingsbury, General Manager, those attending Saturday’s inaugural event are asked to bring food, clothing and holiday toys for donation to the Food Bank’s needy families. Those that can’t attend the event are encouraged to drop their donations off at one of the four The UPS Stores in the Prescott/Prescott Valley area anytime between now and December 24.
In addition to the Prescott Valley store, donations will be accepted at The UPS Stores located in Prescott at 1042 Willow Creek Road, 3196 Willow Creek Road and 303 East Gurley Street.
“As we are all rushing around to get those gifts sent off to our friends and families, it’s easy to forget that there are so many local families who still depend on us for a helping hand,” said Kingsbury, a Prescott native. “And not just during the holidays, but every day as well.”
The Yavapai Food Bank was founded in 1992 in Prescott Valley with a goal “to halt hunger and malnutrition in Yavapai County and provide relief from suffering for those who are living in poverty by giving a hand up, not just a hand out.”
The Food Bank distributes 2000 – 2200 food boxes per month out of its local headquarters to people in Prescott, Prescott Valley and the surrounding communities. This represents approximately 35,000 to 40,000 pounds of food each week.
For Christmas every child is given a special toy during food distribution week. For many this may be the only gift they receive. It also sponsors an “adopt-a-family” program for Christmas in which people or businesses can sponsor one or more children, or even an entire family.
According to Ann Wilson, Executive Director of the Yavapai Food Bank, the quad-city area has severely suffered the effects of the country’s economic crisis, and some of the outlying areas of the county were before, and are still, impoverished. “We have felt the effects of our community’s struggle by the increased number of individuals, as well as families, coming to us for needed help. All are affected, especially our children and our seniors,” said Wilson. “The most recent statistics show that one in five children in Arizona simply do not have enough food.”
For more information about making a donation to “Operation Santa Cause,” contact the Prescott Valley The UPS Store at (928) 772-0000. Information may also be found by visiting their website at: www.operationsantacause.com. For additional information on the Yavapai Food bank or to make a cash donation please call (928) 775-5255 or visit their website at yavapaifoodbank.org


ANNUAL “DO THE RIDE THING” PROGRAM HELPS HUNDREDS GET HOME SAFELY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Tuesday, January 17, 2012KPPV 106.7 FM “The Mix” along with Hensley/Anheuser Busch Products and All City Kokopelli Transportation reported another successful “Do The Ride Thing” safe-ride home program. The holiday program offers free taxi rides home to those who wish to drink at local establishments participating in the program.

From 5 p.m. Christmas Eve through 6 a.m. New Years Day, All City Kokopelli Transportation recorded an impressive 200 rides home across the tri-city area and in the Verde Valley.  Do The Ride Thing was once again an overall success with a record number of designated drivers.  The fares were paid for by Hensley Beverage Company, Tim’s Auto Group, All City Kokopelli Transportation along with Bucky’s and Yavapai Casinos.

With 200 + taxi rides given throughout this holiday season it is apparent that this kept many impaired drivers off the street. Unfortunately there are still many people making poor choices and this was reflected in DUI arrests over the holidays.  The Prescott Police Department and the Tri-City DUI Taskforce continue to stress the importance of making good choices when driving and we stress to stay safe and don’t drink and drive,” Sgt. Corey Kasun of the Prescott Police Department said.

Since its inception in 1989, the program has helped thousands of people get home safely during the holidays. “The object of this effort is to make the roads safer during the holiday season and I think we helped accomplish that goal,” KPPV 106.7 FM owner Sanford Cohen said.

Sponsors of the safe ride program include KPPV 106.7 FM, Hensley Beverage Company, All City Kokopelli Transportation, Bucky’s and Yavapai Casinos, Tim’s Auto Group, Cable One and Prescott Newspapers Inc.

Do the Ride Thing is endorsed by all local law enforcement agencies.

Arizona’s Hometown Radio Group is owned by Sanford and Terry Cohen. Founded in 1985, they operate KPPV 106.7 FM in the Prescott quad-cities and also on 100.7 FM in Flagstaff; KQNA 1130 AM in the quad-cities, also on 99.9 FM in Prescott, Chino Valley and Paulden; KDDL 94.3 FM in Chino Valley and the quad-cities; KPKR 95.7 FM in Parker/ Lake Havasu City; and KUGO 102.5 FM TravelRadio at the Grand Canyon.


KPPV 106.7 FM “THE MIX” AND LOCAL LETTER CARRIERS SET FOOD COLLECTION RECORD

Local Letter Carriers have announced the results of the November 19th “Help Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive”. 45,500 pounds of food was collected by NALC Branch 859 and the staff of KPPV 106.7 FM during this annual Food Drive. “Outstanding” said KPPV President Sanford Cohen, “People really stepped it up this year and we are grateful.”
KPPV staff performed simultaneous live broadcasts from Safeway stores in Prescott, Prescott Valley and Chino Valley on Saturday, November 19th from 10am – 1pm while acting as collection points for the Food Drive. Donations were also picked up at residents’ mailboxes by local letter carriers in all three communities.
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The Postal Service credited local radio station KPPV 106.7 FM, “The Mix” for the excellent results. The food collected was distributed to local food banks including the Chino Valley Food Bank, Community Cupboard of Prescott, Yavapai Food Bank and Saint Vincent DePaul Food Bank of Prescott Valley.Sponsors of the annual event were KPPV 106.7 FM, (USPS) United States Postal Service and Local Letter Carriers, Safeway, Lamb Nissan, Taco Bell, Melcher Printing, Cable One, and Prescott Newspapers.Arizona’s Hometown Radio Group is owned by Sanford and Terry Cohen. Founded in 1985, they operate KPPV 106.7 FM in the Prescott quad-cities and also on 100.7 FM in Flagstaff; KQNA 1130 AM in the quad-cities, also on 99.9 FM in Prescott, Chino Valley and Paulden; KDDL94.3 FM in Chino Valley and the quad-cities; KPKR 95.7 FM in Parker/ Lake Havasu City; and KUGO 102.5 FM in Williams/Grand Canyon.