76th Annual Donut Day
Chicago’s Federal Plaza was filled with music, mascots and Donut Lassies handing out free Entemann’s Rich Frosted Donuts and collecting donations from hundreds of people who stopped by The Salvation Army’s 76th Annual Donut Day celebration on Friday, June 7.
KISS-FM’s Brotha Fred and Angi hosted the annual celebration which included a free concert featuring the cast of the rock and roll smash hit musical Smokey Joe’s Cafe, contemporary a cappella group InVox, the ever-popular Chicago jazz ensemble Entourage and The Salvation Army Kroc Ensemble.
The Donut Day tradition began on the battlefields of France during World War I, when Salvation Army workers went to the front to deliver spiritual aid and comfort to US soldiers and their allies, and serve as a link between the soldiers and their families back home. Salvation Army Donut Lassies served coffee and donuts to soldiers in the trenches to bring them cheer. Donut Day became an official Salvation Army annual fundraising event in 1938 in Chicago. This year, four Donut Lassies joined the celebration to hand out donuts, pose for photos and visit with the veterans.