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A rocker and a banker get crazy to raise funds for food bank in Grand Junction

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - To collect food for Grand Junction's Community Food Bank, two men - 95 Rock radio personality Tommy Rocker and Tom "The Banker" Eatwell - went to great lengths. Both slept in Dumpsters near Rimrock Walmart on Highway 6 & 50 from Dec. 18-20 as part of the 13th annual Homeless for the Holidays event, a fundraising effort put on yearly by 95 Rock radio station. They also recently followed up on a bet they made with the public. If they broke the record for the most pounds of food collected, Tommy Rocker would cut his long hair and Eatwell, who works with U.S. Bank, would get his very first tattoo."This was totally out there for both of us," said Eatwell, who's also president of the board for Community Food Bank. Rocker added: "It's fun. He's a banker. Most bankers don't have tattoos. That's part of the rock 'n roll lifestyle."The bet worked, too. According to Rocker, together they collected more than 32,000-plus pounds of food in about 56 hours. "That's a record that beats the prior record by 8,000 pounds," he said.Not to back out of a deal, Rocker cut his hair about a month ago and Eatwell got his first tat at the Raw Canvas on Grand Junction's Main Street in early March."I got to pick my own design," Eatwell said. "It's a bicycle chain ring with a Colorado flag in the middle. I'm a fourth generation Coloradoan, born and raised."The tattoo is on the back of his calf.Rocker's contribution is a little more visible. He cut 14 inches of hair."The last time I had my hair this short was 1991," Rocker said. "It was weird. The first time you jump in the shower, you learn real fast you don't need as much shampoo."Following through with the bet wasn't the hardest part of the experience, however.Rocker, who's been connected to the Homeless for the Holidays event since its inception, said this past winter was the coldest he can recall in all his years sleeping in a Dumpster."Tommy gave me a heads up to line the Dumpster with lots of cardboard," Eatwell said. "I had a really good camping sleeping bag and wore lots of clothes."Rocker also noted that sleeping outside is well worth it because of the attention it brings to a good cause."That's the reason we've been doing it for so long," he said. "It's a good time of the year to remind people about the usage of the Community Food Bank. It's there year-round. It's not just there for homeless people. It's there for anyone struggling. It helps people make it through tough times, and it's important for the community. It's one of the strongest human emotions. When you're hungry, you're hungry. It doesn't just leave your mind."

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