Kirkland businesses collect 1,419 pounds of food during drive

Five Kirkland businesses remain in the competition after the first round of Hopelink’s March Can Madness competitive food drive to help stock the agency’s food banks. The single-elimination competition continues through March 30.

In week one of the contest, Guild Mortgage collected 450 pounds of food, followed by Sterling Savings Bank with 335 pounds and Lake Washington Physical Therapy with 222 pounds. Eleven other Kirkland businesses brought in a combined total of 412 pounds.

To ensure that businesses of all sizes are able to compete on a level playing field, the competition uses a unique scoring system: the total pounds of food donated by a business are divided by the total number of employees, resulting in a competitive “score” – giving Sterling Savings Bank the lead in Kirkland with a score of 83.75, followed by Guild Mortgage at 75 and A Touch of Class Barbers at 70.

In last year’s March Can Madness competition, A Touch of Class Barbers finished second in the final to repeat champion Hancock’s Bakery of Redmond, but was knocked out in the first round this year by a very competitive Guild Mortgage team.

In Round II, Guild Mortgage will face off against Lake Washington Physical Therapy and Hallmark Realty will face Sterling Savings Bank. Jake’s Kirkland/Life is Good will be matched with Chuck Olson Chevrolet Kia in Shoreline.

The 32 businesses competing in Round I collected a total of 4,935 pounds of food and $1,090 in cash.

Hopelink’s third annual competition is patterned after the national spring college basketball tournament, matching businesses in weekly contests to see which one can bring in the most food. Teams are bracketed together in pairs and one winner from each 2-member bracket advances to the following week.

Businesses set to face off in Round II of the competition:

· 180 Degrees Chiropractic, Redmond

· Chuck Olson Chevrolet Kia, Shoreline

· Falco Sult & Company, Redmond

· Greater Redmond Chamber of Commerce

· Guild Mortgage, Kirkland

· Hallmark Realty, Kirkland

· Hancock’s Bakery, Redmond

· Jake’s Kirkland/Life is Good

· JJ Mahoney’s Irish Pub, Redmond

· Lake WA Physical Therapy, Kirkland

· Pacific Music, Redmond

· Redmond Athletic Club

· Roos Orthodontics, Redmond

· Sterling Savings Bank, Kirkland

· Sterling Savings Bank, Shoreline

· TONI&GUY Hairdressing Academy, Shoreline


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