An organization widely known for helping fight hunger in central and western Oklahoma has been designated as the recipient of money raised by at the 104th anniversary Oklahoma City International Auto Show.
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma was chosen to receive proceeds from the OKC Auto Show. The donation will come from revenues generated from the Mini-Golf Course. The 104th anniversary of the Oklahoma City International Auto Show is being held March 5-7 at Oklahoma State Fair Park in the Bennett Event Center.
“The work being done by the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma makes such a tremendous difference for so many Oklahomans,” Metropolitan Auto Dealers Association Chairman Dale Daniels said. “It is important to us to be able to help with feeding hungry Oklahomans, especially the number of chronically hungry children who may not know where their next meal will come from.”
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is leading the fight against hunger in 53 counties in central and western Oklahoma and envisions a state where no one goes hungry.
“As we continue to fight hunger in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are so grateful for generous donations like this from the OKC Auto Show,” said Stacy Dykstra, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank. “Their generosity will help put meals on the table for our neighbor living with food insecurity in central and western Oklahoma.”
Founded in 1980, the Regional Food Bank is the state’s largest domestic hunger-relief 501(c)(3) nonprofit that distributes food through a network of community- based partner agencies and schools. The majority of people served by the Regional Food Bank are chronically hungry children, seniors living on fixed incomes and hardworking families struggling to make ends meet. The Regional Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s network of food banks.
The 18-hole mini-golf course is $5 per person. For safety purposes, clubs will be disinfected and players will get to keep their golf ball courtesy of Hudiburg Subaru. Each person who makes a hole-in-one gets a coupon for their choice of an Icy drink, coffee/cappuccino or Big Gulp at a neighborhood 7-Eleven.
“We are excited to be able to contribute to feeding the hungry through the efforts of everyone at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma,” Peter Hodges, president of the Metropolitan Auto Dealers Association, said. “Our 18-hole mini-golf course is always a popular destination for people of all ages, and we are pleased that we are able to raise money to help our neighbors.”
The Oklahoma City Auto Show is one of the largest consumer shows in Oklahoma and will feature a variety of entertaining activities for adults and kids. In addition to the 18-Hole Mini-Golf Course Experience with proceeds benefiting the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma City Auto Show will spotlight the return of the Futurliner #10; dozens of automobiles from the Oklahoma Hot Rod Association; six “Ford v Ferrari” movie cars courtesy of Exotic Motorsports of Oklahoma; a drive-in movie screen featuring the Disney Pixar hit movie “Cars;” exotic cars; a “Coffee and Cars OKC” event; pet adoptions from Subaru Loves Pets and Second Chance Animal Sanctuary; military vehicles; custom vehicles like Shelby, Roush, Black Widow, SCA, Rocky Ridge and Tuscany from Metro Ford Customs; a VIP event; and lots and lots of 2021 new cars and trucks from 17 automobile brands.
Among the precautions being taken are to have autonomous temperature checks at the entrances, hand sanitizing stations set up throughout the building, designated eating areas, and ongoing sanitizing and disinfecting of vehicles for the duration of the event. Additional COVID-19 safety information can be found at https://okcautoshow.org/covid-19/.
The Metropolitan Auto Dealers Association was formed on May 4, 1916 as the Oklahoma City Motor Car Dealers’ Association, and the first OKC Auto Show was held January 23-26, 1917.
Those interested in purchasing discounted e-tickets are encouraged to go to www.okcautoshow.org for additional information. Buy one get one free coupons are available at your neighborhood 7-Eleven stores.
Among the automaker brands participating in the show are Buick, BMW, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, Genesis, GMC, Hyundai, Jeep, Lexus, Lincoln, Mini, Ram, Subaru, Toyota, and Volkswagen.
The OKC Auto Show is sponsored in part by State Farm and 7-Eleven.
The Metropolitan Auto Dealers Association is a non-profit organization that exists to serve and promote the franchised new motor vehicle dealers of metro Oklahoma City and is the producer of the OKC Auto Show.