Eblen Charities wrestles against hunger

Beth Walton, [email protected] 11:01 a.m. EDT May 28, 2015

ASHEVILLE – Last week, Eblen Charities took its fight to end hunger to the wrestling mat.

On Wednesday, professional wrestler Elizabeth Kocianski, better known by her ring name “Beth Phoenix,” partnered with the charity to distribute food at Hominy Valley Elementary School, Sand Hill-Venable Elementary and Enka Middle School.

Kocianski is a former World Wrestling Entertainment Divas Champion and a three-time WWE Women’s Champion.

The visit was part of Eblen Charities new Headlock on Hunger initiative. Started this fall, Headlock on Hunger encourages local wrestling teams to collect food donations for children in need.

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Fox Sports Network have partnered with Eblen Charities for the project, a continuation of its Arby’s Eblen Joyfull Home for the Holidays and Ingles’ Eblen Food for Thought programs.

Child hunger statistics show that one out of five children does not have enough food at home, said Bill Murdock, executive director of Eblen Charities. Sometimes, the only meal a student receives is at school. Over the summer and during holiday breaks, finding food can be challenging.

“It just great to see this great public-private partnerships that brings Ingles, Arbys, the school system, as well as the wresting and mixed martial arts communities together,” Murdock said. “It’s everyone joining together to make sure every child has enough to eat.”

Get Involved

Join the fight against the hunger and meet wrestling stars Beth Phoenix, Edge and Jim Ross at a food drive scheduled for June 10 at Ingles, 29 Tunnel Rd., from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Events will also take place on June 11 at the Ingles store at 575 New Leicester Highway and the store at 2299 U.S. 70 / Swannanoa. June 12 food drives will be at 1141 Tunnel Rd. and 1865 Hendersonville Rd.