Jive Turkey Jam will stock pantries, offer entertainment


Dispatch Staff Report



During this week of Thanksgiving, United Way of North Central Mississippi is grateful for the Jive Turkey Jam, an event to help United Way of North Central Mississippi's United We Feed program stock the shelves of needy families in a four-county area. The Jam will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23 at Hobie's on Main located at 217 E. Main St. in downtown Starkville. Event coordinators making the event possible are Mississippi State Outreach Director of Business Research and musician Jeffrey Rupp and Hobie Hobart, owner of Hobie's on Main. Everyone attending is asked to donate a bag of canned foods as admission. 


Rupp said, "I've been holding the Jive Turkey Jam for several years now. It's great to be partnering with the United Way. Now all of the musicians who donate their time and all for folks who donate the canned goods know they are genuinely helping feed the community at a critical time of the year." 


The goal is to collect more than 15 tons of canned foods for United We Feed, surpassing last year's 12 ton-goal. Foods will be distributed in Oktibbeha, Choctaw, Webster and Winston Counties to help ensure no family goes hungry during the holiday season. 


United We Feed co-chair and UWNCM board member Adrienne Morris expressed the sentiments of the board: "We appreciate Hobie Hobart, Jeffrey Rupp and all of the musicians for coming together for Jive Turkey Jam. This event will help collect canned food for the United We Feed food drive. It is a wonderful example of how strong neighbors help to make our community better and stronger. " 


As of press time, the list of featured musicians donating their time and talent, in addition to Rupp, includes Dawn Barham, Jim Beaty, Jerry Carnathan, Drew Dieckmann, John Gholston, Jenn Henderson, Jonny Hollis, Walton Jones, Johnny Laird, Rick Montalto, Bobby Shannon, Earl Six, Doug Thomas, Evie Vidrine and more. All musicians who wish to perform are welcome, with music gear provided. 


Hollis said, "I'm excited to play the Jive Turkey Jam. It's a blast and an honor to be able to play music with so many friends and fellow musicians while also helping out the local community with a canned food drive. Music and acts of kindness coming together is the best way to celebrate Thanksgiving." 


For more information, contact the UWNCM office at 662-323-3830, or e-mail [email protected]



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