Thank you to all who came out this morning to Valley West Mall to get their Christmas gifts wrapped free of charge by the Childrens Cancer Connection, courtesy of Heartland Heating & Cooling! Thank you to Taco John's for the free breakfast burritos and the Iowa Lottery for the free Mega Millions plays for tonite's $291,000,000.00 jackpot! Congratulations to Rick Schulenburg on winning the electronic tablet courtesy of RockStar Satellite! For more information on the Childrens Cancer Connection, go too www.childrenscancerconnection.org.
Please join us tomorrow morning to watch Santa repel off the roof of Scheel's at Jordan Creek Town Center. Have your picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus, the reindeer and more! Free hot chocolate and cider, face painting. The kids can make an ornament and write a letter to Santa. The Nadas and the St. Francis Choir will be performing as well. The events run from from 8:15AM til 11:30AM. We'll see you there...we'll be broadcasting from 8AM-10AM.
Have a great weekend!
We were out at Valley West Mall this morning wrapping your presents with the Children's Cancer Connection! Thanks to all who came out.
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Jeannie Blazek of Scheels joined us in the studio just after 6:30 this morning. Santa Palooza starts at 8:30AM on Saturday at Scheel's in Jordan Creek Town Center! Santa will be repelling from the roof of Scheel's down to the parking lot at 8:30AM...and that's just the beginning! Bring your camera to take pictures with Santa, Mrs. Claus and friends, including live reindeer! There will be hot cocoa and cider, free face painting, write a letter to Santa and make an ornament to take home! The Nadas and St. Francis Children's Choir will perform as well. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy for the Marines' Toys For Tots program! It's all from 8:30 to 11:30AM this Saturday morning. Van and I will be there broadcasting live from 8AM-10AM! See you there!
Claudia Henning of the West Des Moines Youth Justice Initiative dropped by some Hy-Vee bakery cookies this morning to highlight the 10th Annual Great Cookie Walk of West Des Moines. This year it will be held at the West Des Moines Hy-Vee Stores. Right now, when you buy a special bakery fresh 12 count cookie box named "The 10th Annual Great Cookie Walk", $1.00 per box will go to the Youth Justice Initiative! The promotion runs thru December 16th.
Say "cheese"....Jason of Frisian Farms of Oskaloosa stopped by the studio with a fabulous plate of Gouda Cheese made fresh from the Farm! Mike and Jason make 9 different flavors of Gouda cheese and 4 different ages on their dairy farm by Oskaloosa. You will find them this weekend at the Indoor Farmers Market at Capital Square and the Kaleidescope Mall. You can also find them at Hy-Vee Stores. Just look for the package with the windmill that says "Frisian Farms".
Tomorrow morning we will be coming to you live from Valley West Mall from 5-9AM and you can get your Christmas presents wrapped free of charge courtesy of the Children's Cancer Connection and Heartland Heating & Cooling! The first 100 people to get their packages wrapped will receive a free breakfast burrito coupon from the Valley West Taco John's. All those getting their presents wrapped can put their name in the drawing box for an electronic tablet from RockStar Satellite. The Iowa Lottery will be stopping by with free Mega Millions Lottery plays for everyone stopping by from 6-8AM. We'll see you there!
A couple of big dates comiing up you should know about...The big pork giveaway for those in need courtesy of Iowa Select Farms will be December 18th from 5-9AM at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. The Van & Bonnie Free Chocolate Breakfast is January 24th, 5-9AM at the Hy-Vee Conference Center at 50th & Westown Parkway in West Des Moines.
Mary Mefferd of Terrace Hill was our special guest just after the 8:30 news. There are all sorts of events going on this month at Terrace Hill and the public is invited to attend! "A Christmas Carol" continues at Terrace Hill thru Sunday...tickets are still available for tonite or Sunday. The event moves from room to room and includes desserts and wine. You'll see all the beautiful decorations from room to room! The First Lady Teas get underway in another week...go to www.TerraceHill.org or call Mary at 515-281-7205 for more information. Guided tours of Terrace Hill for the Holidays are available Tuesday thru Saturday for only $5.00.
Chris Coleman of the Better Business Bureau joined us just after the 6:30 news. They are accepting nominations for the Integrity Awards! Nominations are due December 15th. To nominate a business, go to www.IowaBBB.org and fill out the form...or call 1-800-222-1600. The company you nominate will get a letter from the BBB letting them know you nominated them!
Tomorrow morning we'll have another pair of tickets to give away to the 2nd Annual Big Four Classic at Wells Fargo Arena. Tune in to win! The brochures for my trip to Switzerland next September 4th-13th are now available at the front desk of WHO Radio or online at www.whoradio.com... click on "News & Info" and then choose "Trips" from the drop-down menu. It will be right there....would love to have you join us!
Congratulations to Pam Allen on winning the "Gift of Hearing" conteest from the Concept By Iowa Hearing Aid Center today! There's still time for you to enter at www.whoradio.com. We have two more weeks!
John is the one sleeping!
Van and I broadcast our show live from the Hope Ministries Bethel Mission this morning to spread a little light on how the money you contribute to Hope Ministries thru their Scan Away Hunger Program is used. Hope Ministries is 100% privately funded and has six facilities here in Des Moines...Bethel Mission, Hope Cafe, Door of Faith, Hope Family Center, ENCORE Thrift Store and Community Relations Headquarters. They have been serving the hungry and homeless since 1915! You can help by scanning the paper plate at Hy-Vee, text "GIVE" to 515-393-4024 and give any amount you wish $5.00 or more, go to www.hopeiowa.org, call 515-265-7272 and use your credit or debit card or mail a contribution to Hope Ministries, Scan Away Hunger, P.O. Box 862, Des Moines, IA 50304. Thank you in advance for your help!
Tomorrow on Van & Bonnie, we'll have more Hy-Vee Big Four Classic tickets to give away...we'll be calling out another name in the "Gift of Hearing" contest...we'll be talking abourt thee Better Business Bureau Integrity Awards and more!
Today is "Give Back Day"....I hope you do!
Darin Hirl of Hy-Vee and Chris Connelly of the Iowa Events Center were our special guests this morning just after the 7:30 news. The Hy-Vee Big Four Classic is coming this Saturday, December 7th, to Wells Fargo Arena. UNI takes on Iowa State at 5PM and Drake plays Iowa at 7:30PM. One ticket gets you into both games! They're even on sale today only if you're a friend of the Iowa Events Center (for cyber Monday)
Jim McDonough joined us by phone this morning to talk about his Holiday Grande 2013 concert to benefit Camp Courageous of Iowa. He'll be performing all your Christmas favorites on his Grand piano, his 14 piece orchestra and a cast of sensational singers and dancers. The show is December 8th at 2:30PM, Hoyt Sherman Place. Tickets are available at 1-800-745-3000 or in person at the Hoyt Sherman box office.
Tomorrow morning, Van and I will be broadcasting live from Hope Cafe at Bethel Mission. Hope Ministries is iin the beginning stages of their Scan Away Hunger program and we're going to letting you know how that money is used, so tune in from 5-9AM!
Have a great day!
Our Easy Bake Oven Thanksgiving was a tremendous success thanks to Kathy Korte, Connie Barbaglia, Erin Hefner, Marlene Vols and Lynda Smith! Everything was delicious! They all received a $25.00 gift card to the Iowa Machine Shed Restaurant and Connie Barbaglia was drawn as the grand prize winner of the brand new Easy Bake Oven that heats without a light bulb! Thanks so much to Cat Wood who joined us in the studio from the Iowa Machine Shed Restaurant. The Machine Shed has a charity Thanksgiving dinner going on today til 2PM.
Samantha Scribilo, a skater with Disney On Ice joined us in the studio this morning just after the 6:30 news. Disney on Ice is performing thru Sunday at Wells Fargo Arena. For many, this is a Thanksgiving tradition....enjoy the show!
Jim Moeller of Serenity Music joined us by telephone just after the 8:30 news. Jim is offering CDs for WHO Radio listeners for only $12.00 each and will ship them wherever you wish. Buy two or more CDs at $12.00 each and he will throw in his book "Just Thinking". $1.00 for each CD or book purchased will go toward our charity this year...Teen Challenge. Jim will personally adjust the price on the order once he sees you are from Iowa. You can call at 1-800-869-1684 or go online to www.serenitymusic.com.
Erin Hefner's Cornbread Dressing
1 pkg Pepperidge Farm Cornbread Dressing Mix
1 cup minced onion 1 cup minced celery
1 stick butter
1 tsp. Morton's Nature Seasons
1/2 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp Poultry Seasoning
6 oz. chicken broth
Follow directions on package or as follows: Saute butter, onions, celery. Mix dry ingredients. Add saute mix and broth. Mix until quite moist. Heat or stuff turkey and bake.
Tomorrow we will be doing our show live from Valley West Mall in center court, right behind Santa's Train, in front of J.C. Penney. We'll be broadcasting on beehalf of the Puppy Jake Foundation, USS Iowa and The Iowa Barnstormers! See the fantastic Ginger Bread Houses and vote for the People's Choice. Purchase a USS Iowa hat for a gift. Purchase 4 sideline tickets to the Iowa Barnstormers for just $60 ($120 value) from 5-9AM! We'll also have some Learning Post gift cards to give away.
Have a Blessed Thanksgiving!
We had a great time this morning with the amazing smells of Thanksgiving right in our studios! Thanks to all who watched the stream of it online, and especially those who came in and cooked for us!
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