Stillwater News Press


May 13, 2014

Stillwater businesses planning fundraiser for food sack programs

STILLWATER, Okla. — By Justin Tate

KICKER. along with Forman Harley-Davidson and other sponsors. will unite Aug. 23 to benefit the Stillwater Area Weekend Food Sacks for Children with Kickin’ Childhood Hunger.

Lynn Youngblood, the general manager of Forman Harley Davidson in Stillwater, said she was moved to help hungry kids in the community with this fundraiser.

“A couple of years ago we did one associated with Oklahoma City, and we decided this year we wanted to do something for our local area,” Youngblood said. “On a personal level, it just breaks my heart to know that there are children out there that are going hungry.”

Youngblood said she wanted to help the local community and surrounding areas when she found out that about 250 food sacks were going home with kids per week.

“It kind of blew our minds that there were that many children that were going without food for the weekend right here in Stillwater,” Youngblood said.

Youngblood said registration for the parade will start at 10 a.m. and at 1 p.m. the parade will start. Youngblood said registration costs $50 per rider or $75 for a couple.

“All the money that they raise goes directly back to those kids,” Youngblood said.

The parade will go through Stillwater and end in a celebration at KICKER. The parade will feature hot rods and classic cars.

“We hope what happens is that the community comes out and watches the parade through town of the bikes and the cars, and then they proceed out to KICKER themselves,” Youngblood said.

The party at KICKER will include a concert featuring multiple bands and a live auction. The event intends to help fund food sacks given to children for weekend nutrition.

“The food sack program has a $45,000 budget right now, and it all comes from volunteers – from where the food is stored to the sacks being put together, it’s all volunteers,” she said.

Youngblood said the fundraiser also will help surrounding communities start their own version of the food sacks program by making half of the proceeds eligible for other communities.

“If there are any communities that don’t already have a food sack program in place, we are going to be providing grants, or seed money, for those communities to start their own program,” Youngblood said.

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