Torklift Central's 6th Annual Kent Turkey Challenge

Our Current Collection Stats

  • 8,651 lbs Food Collected

    Goal - 10,000 lbs

  • $30,243 Cash Collected

    Goal - $25,000

Contest Goals: $25,000 and 10,000 lbs

As a thank you to everyone for their participation in this wonderful community event, Torklift distributed all of its $2,310 to businesses chosen at random. Money distributed did not effect rankings of the challenge. Congratulations to all the top five winners which are listed below!

October 6th, 2016 - November 14th, 2016

The 6th Annual Kent Turkey Challenge Logo
The 6th Annual Kent Turkey Challenge Logo

Bundled up against the cold and waiting patiently for the doors to open, these families are filled with hope that they will be able to give thanks with their loved ones and not have to go hungry for Thanksgiving and the holiday season. During the holiday season many of us sit down to share a warm Thanksgiving meal with our families and friends while hundreds of families in our community stand in lines in the hopes of receiving food from the Kent Food Bank.

If supplies run out, these families will be turned away with no food for their families. In order to give them a memorable Thanksgiving and holiday season, the community can join together for the 6th Annual Kent Turkey Challenge and help.

Handing out turkeys from the 2015 Challenge
Handing out turkeys from the 2015 Challenge

In 2011, the Kent Food Bank lost the majority of their funding during Thanksgiving, leaving many families scrambling to find ways to feed their loved ones. This deeply impacted the community and Torklift Central responded by organizing the 1st Annual Kent Turkey Challenge.  

Over the past five years, donations to the Kent Food Bank from the Annual Kent Turkey Challenge total more than $81,700 and 25,000 pounds of food, feeding thousands of people that would otherwise go without a Thanksgiving meal.

Every year the Annual Kent Turkey Challenge grows in popularity and competition between the local businesses and organizations involved. Last year alone we had 73 businesses join! A friendly race, the Annual Kent Turkey Challenge is to see who can collect and raise the most food and monetary donations for the Kent Food Bank. One hundred percent of the proceeds are given to local Kent families that are combating hunger during Thanksgiving and year round.

New to the 6th Annual Kent Turkey Challenge this year, there is a coloring contest! For all ages, the Turkey Challenge Coloring contest is available to download online or at participating businesses. Submit your coloring page by Nov. 19, to Torklift Central at 315 Central Ave N. for a chance to win prizes! As a special treat, Urban Timber Coffee Company will donate a gift card to one lucky coloring contest winner. There are also other prizes available for the different age groups.

Torklift Central asks for your support to make the 6th Annual Kent Turkey Challenge the most effective to date. As a community, this is an opportunity for us to make a lasting positive impact in the lives of families by making sure no one is turned away from the Kent Food Bank because of lack of food.

Owner Jack Kay and Mayor Suzette Cooke visit Torklift Central for the 40th Anniversary
Owner Jack Kay and Mayor Suzette Cooke visit Torklift Central for the 40th Anniversary

The Annual Kent Turkey Challenge is not just about food; it’s about making memories. It’s about making sure parents can give their children the memory of a bountiful and happy holiday.

Some great things that are going on this year for the 6th Annual Turkey Challenge:

  • June 2016: Mayor Suzette Cooke visited Torklift Central in celebration of our 40th Anniversary and to recognize our community effort
  • The Kent City Council and Mayor Suzette Cooke will be announcing an official proclamation of the Turkey Challenge at the City Council meeting on Oct. 4, 2016
  • The Seattle-Tacoma Box Company donated boxes to use for the Challenge. The boxes will be distributed to participating businesses for collecting donations
  • Make sure you check out ILoveKent.net for Challenge updates
  • Both the Kent Chamber and Kent Downtown Partnership are sharing the Turkey Challenge in their newsletters, so keep an eye out for them
  • The Kent Reporter is spotlighting the top five leaders of the Challenge every week
  • For the first time we are also doing a coloring competition for all ages which you can download below and bring to Torklift Central to be entered to win a prize

We at Torklift Central will list every contributing organization on the leader board which is located below. We will also have a counter of the total contributions the community has collected above. We will also be showcasing the leaders of the challenge through our blog, e-newsletters and on our Facebook.

With your help, we can reach our sixth anniversary goal that every family in our community will be able to share a special holiday meal and that no household will have to go hungry on Thanksgiving.

To participate in the 6th Annual Kent Turkey Challenge, please contact Katie at: katie@torkliftcentral.com or enter in the Want to Participate form below. 

Want to Participate

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Come Donate at our Booth

Find us at the 2015 Kent Business Expo October 20th!

2015 Kent Business Expo

Sponsors

The Kent Reporter
The Seattle Tacoma Box Company
I Love Kent .net
The Kent Chamber of Commerce


The Kent Chamber of Commerce


The Kent Downtown Partnership

 

Contest Leader Board

We want to recognize the individual contributions of each business. There is no donation too small as every bit helps. We want to thank each of these businesses for their continued support and donation efforts.

As a thank you to everyone for their participation in this wonderful community event, Torklift distributed all of its $2,310 to businesses chosen at random. Money distributed did not effect rankings of the challenge. Congratulations to all the top five winners which are listed below!

Food Collected:

9,467 items/8,651 lbs

  • 954 itemsPacific Power Group

  • 799 itemsGrass Lake Elementary

  • 720 itemsKent Valley Hockey Association

  • 611 itemsSeattle/Tacoma KOA

  • 600 itemsPlemmons Industries

  • 570 itemsKent United Methodist Church

  • 456 itemsBell-Anderson & Associates LLC

  • 400 itemsMedoSweet Farms

  • 396 itemsExpress Employment Pros

  • 366 itemsEberle Vivian

  • 361 itemsSki's Painting

  • 251 itemsHanis Irvine Prothero

  • 223 itemsKent CrossFit

  • 198 itemsEC Company

  • 198 itemsTile Lines

  • 196 itemsZ Ultimate Defense Studios

  • 149 itemsMeridian Dental Clinic

  • 137 itemsKent Reporter

  • 131 itemsNational Event Pros

  • 116 itemsAFL Hyperscale

  • 114 itemsMy Gym Children's Fitness Center

  • 92 itemsSuperFloors

  • 91 itemsWells Fargo Bank

  • 87 itemsRenton Dental Arts

  • 81 itemsTorklift Central

  • 78 itemsShannon and Associates

  • 71 itemsPegasus

  • 69 itemsMama Stortini's Restaurant and Bar

  • 61 itemsAround the Clock INC

  • 60 itemsCR Boger Construction

  • 52 itemsChateau at Valley Center

  • 52 itemsAdvanced Billing Services

  • 50 itemsExhibition Automotive CarStar

  • 49 itemsBanner Bank

  • 48 itemsRunning Stitch Fabrics

  • 48 itemsFarrington Court Retirement

  • 46 itemsStafford Suites Senior Apts.

  • 45 itemsTorklift International

  • 44 itemsCow Chip Cookies

  • 38 itemsThermoking/Bobcat Dealership

  • 38 itemsPearson Chiropractic

  • 32 itemsKent Eye Clinic

  • 30 itemsCentral Ave Mini Storage

  • 29 itemsAutotek Tire & Services

  • 28 itemsInterurban Chiropractic

  • 27 itemsKent Orthodontics

  • 26 itemsBlinker Tavern

  • 25 itemsAllegro Performing Arts Academy

  • 23 itemsThe BoxMaker

  • 20 itemsKent Downtown Partnership

  • 17 itemsHeritage Bank

  • 17 itemsBlanc - N Schwartz Salon

  • 16 itemsColumbia Bank

  • 14 itemsLA Fitness

  • 13 itemsMcMonigle Veterinary Hospital

  • 13 itemsUrban Timber Coffee

  • 12 itemsKent Chamber

  • 5 itemsClub Pilates

  • 2 itemsTogo's

  • 0 itemsGonnason Boats

  • 0 itemsKent Performance Auto Center

  • 0 itemsBowen Scarff Ford

  • 0 itemsRad Roasting Company

  • 0 itemsSafeway

  • 0 itemsSherwin-Williams #8641

  • 0 itemsCurran Law Firm

  • 0 itemsNorthwest Welding and Gases

  • 0 itemsNapa Auto Parts

  • 0 itemsGreen Dog Grooming

  • 0 itemsLucky Dog Auto Glass

  • 0 itemsKent Station Chiropractic & Massage

  • 0 itemsGolden Pizza

  • 0 itemsNaked Pizza

  • 0 itemsKent Oxygen

  • 0 itemsKent Station Family Dentistry

  • 0 itemsKent Cobras Youth Sports Association

  • 0 itemsEnlighting Struck Design

  • 0 itemsRAM Mounts

  • 0 itemsFireside Home Solutions

Cash Collected:

$30,243

  • $10,155 collectedSki's Painting

  • $4,155 collectedEberle Vivian

  • $2,585 collectedShannon and Associates

  • $2,506 collectedKent United Methodist Church

  • $2,155 collectedPacific Power Group

  • $1,000 collectedFireside Home Solutions

  • $830 collectedMedoSweet Farms

  • $830 collectedKent CrossFit

  • $560 collectedCentral Ave Mini Storage

  • $560 collectedExpress Employment Pros

  • $540 collectedPegasus

  • $500 collectedExhibition Automotive CarStar

  • $450 collectedChateau at Valley Center

  • $422 collectedSeattle/Tacoma KOA

  • $350 collectedAFL Hyperscale

  • $340 collectedCurran Law Firm

  • $260 collectedMeridian Dental Clinic

  • $240 collectedMcMonigle Veterinary Hospital

  • $190 collectedTile Lines

  • $170 collectedHanis Irvine Prothero

  • $160 collectedSuperFloors

  • $150 collectedStafford Suites Senior Apts.

  • $130 collectedCow Chip Cookies

  • $125 collectedZ Ultimate Defense Studios

  • $110 collectedInterurban Chiropractic

  • $100 collectedKent Reporter

  • $90 collectedPearson Chiropractic

  • $80 collectedRenton Dental Arts

  • $70 collectedBowen Scarff Ford

  • $65 collectedBell-Anderson & Associates LLC

  • $50 collectedBlanc - N Schwartz Salon

  • $50 collectedNorthwest Welding and Gases

  • $50 collectedCR Boger Construction

  • $40 collectedKent Eye Clinic

  • $40 collectedAllegro Performing Arts Academy

  • $40 collectedPlemmons Industries

  • $38 collectedAround the Clock INC

  • $30 collectedMy Gym Children's Fitness Center

  • $20 collectedKent Downtown Partnership

  • $7 collectedKent Valley Hockey Association

  • $0 collectedHeritage Bank

  • $0 collectedGonnason Boats

  • $0 collectedKent Performance Auto Center

  • $0 collectedRad Roasting Company

  • $0 collectedBlinker Tavern

  • $0 collectedSafeway

  • $0 collectedClub Pilates

  • $0 collectedSherwin-Williams #8641

  • $0 collectedRunning Stitch Fabrics

  • $0 collectedMama Stortini's Restaurant and Bar

  • $0 collectedTorklift International

  • $0 collectedTorklift Central

  • $0 collectedGrass Lake Elementary

  • $0 collectedNapa Auto Parts

  • $0 collectedBanner Bank

  • $0 collectedGreen Dog Grooming

  • $0 collectedLucky Dog Auto Glass

  • $0 collectedKent Station Chiropractic & Massage

  • $0 collectedGolden Pizza

  • $0 collectedThermoking/Bobcat Dealership

  • $0 collectedColumbia Bank

  • $0 collectedLA Fitness

  • $0 collectedNaked Pizza

  • $0 collectedWells Fargo Bank

  • $0 collectedAutotek Tire & Services

  • $0 collectedKent Oxygen

  • $0 collectedEC Company

  • $0 collectedKent Station Family Dentistry

  • $0 collectedKent Orthodontics

  • $0 collectedUrban Timber Coffee

  • $0 collectedFarrington Court Retirement

  • $0 collectedThe BoxMaker

  • $0 collectedKent Cobras Youth Sports Association

  • $0 collectedTogo's

  • $0 collectedEnlighting Struck Design

  • $0 collectedKent Chamber

  • $0 collectedRAM Mounts

  • $0 collectedNational Event Pros

  • $0 collectedAdvanced Billing Services