MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon Nazarene University was lauded on May 17, as the Salvation Army commemorated its 130th anniversary in the city of Mount Vernon by recognizing volunteers and organizations that have contributed to the Army’s mission. Receiving awards were MVNU’s radio station WNZR and Food For The Hungry.
WNZR was presented the Media Award for its efforts to keep its listeners educated regarding events and activities at the Salvation Army. The honor was “in grateful appreciation for distinguished contribution towards informing the public of Salvation Army programs and services, and the vigorous support of the ideals manifested in the Salvation Army’s service to God and man,” said Austin Swallow, treasurer for the Salvation Army and master of ceremonies for the evening.
Swallow acknowledged Marcy Rinehart, station manager and co-host of WNZR’s The Morning Thing, and Joe Rinehart, MVNU’s Director of Broadcasting and co-host of WNZR’s Afternoon Drive, for their collaborative work as “they lead a team of students who promote each event that we have. A true friend to The Army, we salute WNZR.”
“The WNZR staff is honored to serve alongside the Salvation Army,” Rinehart said. “It is our privilege to promote the Army’s events and outreach to our community. We believe in their mission and value our partnership. WNZR congratulates the Salvation Army of Mount Vernon for 130 years of service and are humbled to be a small part of that legacy.”
The Salvation Army also applauded Food For The Hungry with the Others Award, which recognizes an individual or organization that provides extraordinary service that benefits the Salvation Army.
“WNZR shines forth in this community,” said MVNU President Dr. Henry W. Spaulding II. “The involvement of Joe and Marcy Rinehart is an example for our community and for the City of Mount Vernon on how to be a positive voice. I am personally proud of WNZR and the staff for all that they do to provide leadership and information in this community.”
FFTH is an annual fundraising drive created to provide financial assistance to Interchurch Social Services, the Salvation Army and other need-based food initiatives in Knox County. WNZR and MVNU are two of the six legacy partners which have been guiding FFTH for more than 35 years.
“The annual Food For The Hungry drive has grown into being one of the Salvation Army’s major sources of income,” said Swallow. “Over the years, the Knox County community has garnered national recognition for embodying the Salvation Army’s motto of ‘Doing the most good for those in the most need.’ We certainly don’t have a clue to how many people would not have food and clothing, and most importantly hope, if it wasn’t for this partnership.”
MVNU not only supports FFTH with representation on the board of directors, but is proud of the student body’s commitment to the cause through fundraising. In 2018, MVNU collected $8,433.66 for FFTH through student initiatives as well as the MVNU 5K and .5K Run and Walk (Gold Rush) and men’s and women’s basketball games.
In addition, MVNU is the sponsor for the annual Stephen W. Zelkowtiz Memorial Award presented to a community member who exemplifies the spirit of community service, especially in regards to FFTH.
“MVNU is proud to participate in the Food For The Hungry initiative with WNZR,” Spaulding said. “Caring for members of the community who experience difficult circumstances takes time and energy, but I feel in those moments, we represent Christ for those in need.”