What About Chicago Radiothon raises more than $660,000 for Austin Harvest food mart


(670 The Score) The What About Chicago Radiothon on 670 The Score was a huge success, raising $660,000 and counting to support the Austin Harvest food mart and Athletes for Justice.

The radiothon that began Wednesday at 9 a.m. went for a full 24 hours on the station, with host Danny Parkins broadcasting for the entirety of it. The original goal was $500,000, a number that was surpassed just before 7 a.m. Thursday as two hours officially remained in the radiothon.

The money will fund the construction of a permanent structure for Austin Harvest, a former liquor store that turned into an open-air food mart that’s run by youngsters in the Austin neighborhood. A permanent structure will allow Austin Harvest to remain open year-round, closing a food desert in an area that lacks grocery stores.

“You did it, we did it,” Parkins said.

“Just thank you to the Score. Scoreheads came through. You guys crushed it. We closed a food desert. We employed some kids and we built a permanent grocery store in Austin on the west side of Chicago.”

Former Bears linebacker and Athletes for Justice leader Sam Acho played a leading role in the fundraising as well.

The $660,000 figure is expected to increase a bit more as last-minute donations and T-shirt proceeds from obviousshirts.com are tallied later.