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(Cotter) – This past Saturday, September 21 was a beautiful day for the third annual Bridge Bash in Cotter, Arkansas, which looked to raise $75,000 for the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas to provide 375,000 meals to families in need.

At the end of the day, enough funding was raised to provide a total of 377,696 meals to people in need throughout north-central Arkansas. Also, an estimated 1,500 people were present to Stand Up for Hope during the Bridge Ceremony at 10 AM, including Senator Johnny Key, Representatives Karen Hopper and Kelley Linck, Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery and Judge Mickey Pendergrass, and Cotter Mayor Peggy Hammock and Councilman John Adams.

Events that took place during the bridge bash included live music, vendors, a car show and games and activities for children. Over 4500 people attended the festivities at Big Spring Park and the RM Ruthven Rainbow Bridge in Cotter Saturday, with roughly 150 volunteers packaging 40,000 meals in about 4 hours.

FBNCA officials thank the public for all of their support and help in preparation for and execution of the 2013 Bridge Bash. Food Bank Development Director Katie Shay says that in the past three years, over 1 million meals have been purchased through FBNCA.

To learn more about Bridge Bash, The Food Bank of North Central Arkansas and hunger relief in your area, visit or contact the Food Bank at 870-499-7565.

Photos from the event can be found here.

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