By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS
The Chicago Bulls kicked off their annual food drive competition Thursday at Murray Elementary School.
Each year, the Chicago Bulls partner with Midway Moving and Storage and Vienna Beef to collect non-perishable food items for the Greater Chicago Food Depository Holiday Food Drive. The basketball franchise creates a competition for the drive by offering tickets to a Bulls game and an in-school Bulls Day celebration that includes a visit from Benny the Bull, Bulls personalities and free promotional items to winners from participating schools.
This year Murray, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave., was the launching location of the food drive. At 10 a.m. students went to the gym to participate in a rally that included visits from “Bulls Legends” Bob Love and Sydney Green, Benny the Bull and the “Chicago Luvabulls” dance team. Murray’s National Junior Honor Society and Cheerleaders performed and representatives from Vienna Beef and Midway movers were also present.
Those interested in donating non-perishable food items can drop them off at Murray from Nov. 1 through Nov. 30.
In 2010, Murray won the food drive competition and in 2011 the school came in 3rd place.
For more information on the Greater Chicago Food Depository holiday food drive, visit chicagosfoodbank.org.