(OKLAHOMA CITY) – Sept. 23, 2016 – The Oklahoma Municipal League (OML) held its 2016 Annual Conference & Exposition at the Cox Convention Center September 13 through 15. During this event, OML and the Oklahoma Gas Association (OGA) hosted a Raffle Fundraiser and Pie in the Face Competition for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. Thanks to overwhelming support from the conference exhibitors and municipal officials from across the state, $7,480 was raised for the nonprofit.
“The fundraiser started with nominees from the various municipal organizations, which kick started the fundraising,” said Tom Rider, OGA executive director. “The majority of these entities helped to fund their candidates as well as solicited donations from others.”
Each year, OGA sponsors a fund raising event to fight hunger in Oklahoma. Fundraising efforts were supported by the Oklahoma Court Clerks Association, Municipal Electric Systems of Oklahoma, City Managers Association of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Municipal Clerks, Treasurers and Finance Officials Association, Oklahoma Conference of Mayors and OML.
“Every dollar donated provides the equivalent of five meals for our hungry Oklahoma neighbors,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank. “We are so appreciative of this partnership with OGA in the fight against hunger. Their donation will provide 37,400 meals for Oklahomans with inconsistent access to food.”
One in six Oklahomans struggles with hunger. Established in 1980, the Regional Food Bank is the largest private, domestic hunger-relief organization in the state of Oklahoma. Last fiscal year, the nonprofit distributed 52 million pounds of food and products through a network of more than 1,300 charitable feeding programs and schools in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties.
For more information about the Regional Food Bank, or to make a donation, visit regionalfoodbank.org or call 405-972-1111.
About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest private, domestic hunger-relief organization and a member of Feeding America’s network of Food Banks. The nonprofit provides enough food to feed more than 126,000 hungry Oklahomans each week through a network of more than 1,300 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. Since its inception in 1980, the Regional Food Bank has distributed more than 644 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry. For more information, visit http://www.regionalfoodbank.org; find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/regionalfoodbank or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rfbo.