Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma will host its annual Taste of OKC fundraising event at 6:30 p.m., Feb. 8 at the First National Center, 120 N Robinson.
In its 35th year, Taste of OKC will have a variety of restaurants serve a signature dish and will have a live and silent auction. There will be at least 21 restaurants and all proceeds will go to Big Brothers Big Sisters.
“It's always a fun opportunity to share the mission of the organization with people that may or may not know about what we do,” area director Rachel Hernandez said.
Big Brothers Big Sisters pairs vulnerable or at-risk children with a mentor based on their mutual preferences, likes and dislikes. This relationship lasts at least one year and allows children facing adversity to have the one-on-one support system they need.
As the relationship strengthens, the children gain confidence, do better in school, and gain new skills and competencies. Hernandez said that it really changes their lives for the better.
At a glance
The nonprofit organization was started in 1904 in New York. About 50 years ago, Big Brothers Big Sisters was brought to Oklahoma after seeing its success in other states.
The children's mentors are volunteers, so Big Brothers Big Sisters is always looking for potential volunteers. And while fundraising events such as Taste of OKC helps, the organization welcomes public and private funding.
Taste of OKC will be at First National Center and will help Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma fund the 1,800 children it mentors a year.
Tickets are $150 per person or $250 for two people.