Thank you to Johnathan Kayne and to all of our sponsors and supporters who joined us on Saturday night for the first ever Fashion for Food Fashion Show! What a fabulous night! We really appreciate everyone for participating in the auctions and helping to raise money for our Food for Kids program.
Be on the lookout for more photos! Thank you again to all those who supported this event!
10:56 AM on Friday, September 24th, 2010No Comments
September is Hunger Action Month! Gary England is taking action this month by donating during a special gift matching challenge which will benefit our Food for Kids program. Every donation will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $102,000. Thanks to Buy for Less Grocery Stores, Top of the World, Marc Heitz Auto Family and two anonymous donors for their continuing support of the Food Bank. What are you doing to fight hunger this month? You can make a donation to Food for Kids now.
9:36 AM on Thursday, September 23rd, 2010No Comments
“Lighten up, it’s just fashion,” is probably the view most people have towards the fashion world. They’re proponents of the belief that clothing serves a purely functional purpose and nothing else. Those individuals who find the sublime in every stitch of a cashmere knit sweater or become enraptured at the sight of silk chiffon are considered alien to most people who just see a mass of fabric. Clothing is meant to cover not to be coveted. So, for the fashionably indifferent you should probably stop reading at this point.
The Food Bank will hold its first ever fashion event on Saturday, September 25th, hosted by Johnathan Kayne of Project Runway fame. Last year the event took place at his home and was featured on TLC’s Gown Crazy (Google it and watch the show, then send me a link because I can’t seem to find it). So why should you be excited? Because Kayne is creating custom-made designs and featuring them in a runway show to help raise money for the Food Bank’s Food for Kids backpack program. There will be music, hors d’oeuvres, silent auction items and you’ll even have a chance to bid on several one-of-a-kind custom-designed dresses! For fashion freaks, it just doesn’t get much better than that.
Although the Food Bank does so much to raise awareness of the issues hungry Oklahomans face, there are still many who don’t fully comprehend the magnitude of the obstacles the state must overcome in eliminating food insecurity. That’s why I hope the people who attend this event will come away with an eagerness for the fashion and the spectacle but also walk away with an understanding of what the Food Bank does. It’s thrilling to watch the Food Bank develop innovative ways of educating the public on what we do. Not everyone has the chance to work at an organization that willingly embraces the challenge to be inventive.
Not only am I excited for this event because I know we will accomplish what we set out to do, but because it will fulfill another dream of mine, one that I’ve had since I was a child. My passion for fashion started with my first glimpse of a runway show on TV early on Saturday mornings. I learned to wear heels before I learned to ride a bike, which actually remains true to this day since I still haven’t learned to ride a bike. And while I can’t claim to have been a style icon from the beginning, since I did spend a large part of my teenage years resembling a Persian rug due to my fondness for paisley, I did realize one of my passions in life. Now that I’m older and I’ve spent some time working for the Food Bank I’ve realized another passion in my life. And I hope that come September 25th you will do the same.
2:37 PM on Friday, August 13th, 2010No Comments
Kayne wants this event to be over the top! He is planning a full-on production complete with two runway shows – one featuring his latest designs and another with custom items, which will be auctioned off at the event.
Runway models will include local celebs:
Lauren Nelson and Christina Ecker from News 9
Jaime Cerreta, Angie Mock and Liz Dueweke from FOX 25
Lacey Lett from The Spy
Singer/songwriter Sherree Chamberlain (who will also perform!!)
Proceeds from the fashion show, silent auction, wine pull and raffle will go toward the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Food for Kids program. Food for Kids provides chronically hungry elementary school children with backpacks filled with non-perishable, kid-friendly food to eat over weekends and holidays. There are 25 schools on the waiting list to join the program.
Yesterday, CBS’s Greatest America Dog winner Travis Brorsen and his dog Presley payed a visit to Booker T. Washington Kids Cafe in Enid. The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Kids Cafe program provides an after-school safe haven for 850 at-risk youth by providing mentoring, tutoring and food. Following his win on Greatest American Dog, Brorsen developed a book and DVD series called Adventures with Travis and Presley, which helps children to improve their manners. Adventures with Travis and Presley came to life at Kids Cafe as they educated children on manners during their visit.
Big thank you to Travis for coming out to visit the kids supported through our program! Next week, he will also visit Urban Mission Kids Cafe in OKC!
11:18 AM on Tuesday, April 13th, 2010No Comments
MIO Coalition has set a goal to sell 1 million paper towel rolls by the end of the month. A portion of the sales benefit the Regional Food Bank’s Food 4 Kids program, which provides nearly 8,000 chronically hungry elementary school children with a backpack filled with nutritious, kid-friendly food on weekends and holidays throughout the school year.
Join the “Eat Up” with food prepared by Good Egg Dining Group, a member of the MIO Coalition. DJ Dan from Oklahoma Party Patrol will provide the tunes. Oklahoma’s own Miss America 2007 Lauren Nelson Faram and Project Runway’s Johnathan Kayne will be joining in the festivities, so come by for autographs and photos! Senator Andrew Rice will also be in attendance to help celebrate this local initiative.
Purchase MIO paper towels for $2 to play a round of paper towel bowling for a chance to win an MIO gift basket (valued at $150). Win additional free entry in the raffle every time you make a strike!
The first 100 attendees will receive a Made in Oklahoma goodie bag, which includes MIO coupons, a Tastefully Oklahoma cookbook and information about the coalition and the Regional Food Bank. The event will also include giveaways of gift cards to Good Egg Dining Group restaurants, including Red Prime Steak, Iron Starr BBQ and Cheever’s Restaurant.
3:46 PM on Tuesday, April 6th, 2010No Comments
We are excited to announce that CBS’s Greatest America Dog winner Travis Brorsen and his dog Presley will pay a visit to Booker T. Washington Kids Cafe in Enid and the Urban Mission Kids Cafe in Oklahoma City this month!
Our Kids Cafe program provides an after-school safe haven for 850 at-risk youth by providing mentoring, tutoring and food.
Following his win on Greatest American Dog, Brorsen developed a book and DVD series called Adventures with Travis and Presley, which helps children to improve their manners. Adventures with Travis and Presley will come to life at Kids Cafe and educate children on manners when the pair visits the site.
After the program, the lessons of Adventures with Travis and Presley will be incorporated into all 16 of the Regional Food Bank’s Kids Cafe sites in central and western Oklahoma. The program has been shown to improve grades and behavior, while teaching the importance of eating healthy meals.
Big thank you to Travis & Presley for taking time to visit these kids and for being a member of our Celebrity Council! Check back later on for video from the event!
April is MIO month! The Made In Oklahoma Coalition has challenged shoppers to purchase 1 million rolls of paper towels to benefit Food 4 Kids. MIO paper towels are made from recycled material, and have already helped to raised $36,000 for Food 4 Kids in Oklahoma. Participating retailers include Walmart, Crest, Homeland, Buy For Less and many many others!
Come out to the Eat Up event on April 13 to show your support!
Food will be served up by Good Egg Dining Group, a member of the MIO Coalition.
Music by DJ Dan from Oklahoma City Party Patrol.
Miss America 2007 Lauren Nelson Faram
Project Runway’s Johnathan Kayne
State Senator Andrew Rice
The first 100 guests will get a special MIO goodie bag!
Tweet live from the event using the #MIOtwEATup hashtag for your chance to land on a Lamar digital billboard!
Hope to see you there!
5:12 PM on Monday, March 8th, 2010No Comments
Though donations are still being counted, nearly $100,000 was raised at the 23rd Annual Chefs’ Feast, which will support 500 children in the Food 4 Kids program.
Thank you to all of the chefs, sponsors, volunteers and guests who helped make the event possible.
5:57 PM on Friday, February 26th, 2010No Comments
Miss America 2007 and Lawton-native, Lauren Nelson Faram, stopped by the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma today for a tour and meeting. She is a new member of the Regional Food Bank’s Celebrity Council, a group of community leaders who have stepped up to fight hunger and become public advocates for the cause. Faram said she is particularly interested in fighting childhood hunger in Oklahoma.