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Radio host golfs to end hunger in Mid-Michigan

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On Monday, 22 teams teed off for the annual Drive to End Hunger.

KCQ's morning radio host Jim Kramer teamed up with the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan to raise money for those in Mid-Michigan who go to bed without food.

"A quarter of a million people go to bed hungry each day in Mid-Michigan. So that's why we're playing golf and that's why I'm playing 36 holes," Kramer said.

Donors pledge money for each hole that Kramer golfs. This year, he's playing 36 holes. Last year, he realized just how much of an impact that has.

"Every hole I played that day was worth about $200. And the food bank is able to turn every dollar into 13 pounds of food. So that's an awful lot of food every hole I play," he said.

Kara Ross, vice president of the food bank, said they raise more than $30,000 at the event every year.

"So over 13 years, that creates a lot of food for people. Every dollar equals six meals to somebody in need," Ross said.

This year Kramer stepped it up a notch by camping in this trailer overnight on the green.

It was a challenge by those from Caro Medical Plaza, who called in on his radio show.

"She said, 'we will give you $500 for the food bank. We'll double it if you camp on the 18th green,'" Kramer said.

Kramer accepted the challenge and raised the extra money by sleeping on the golf course.

"I don't camp. But this charity, that really tugs at my heart," he said.

Even though it cost Kramer a night on the green, this year's outing raised more than $30,000 for the food bank.

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