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Nonprofit briefs for April 13.
Oklahoman Published: April 13, 2014


Walking team seeks sponsors

Flashpoint, an affiliate of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) that supports teens, young adults and families struggling with mental illness, is seeking sponsors in the NAMIWalks event at 9 a.m. June 7 at the Myriad Gardens. NAMIWalks is a 5k walk. Half of any donations go to NAMI and half to Flashpoint.

A walker can be sponsored with as little as a $10 pledge up to corporate sponsorships of $1,000 or more. Walkers can also register at as a Team Flashpoint walker.

Show features art by homeless

Fresh StART is a program providing homeless individuals with a supportive environment for creating art. A reception and art show featuring art created by WestTown Day Shelter guests will be from 4 to 7 p.m. April 25 at the Homeless Alliance, 1724 NW 4. This will be a casual, come-and-go event that will give attendees the opportunity to view and appreciate art, learn about the Fresh StART program and meet featured artists.

Entry is free, but donations will be accepted. Some artists will be selling their work and prints for cash only at the show. Please RSVP to

head-shaving event Planned

VZD’s Restaurant & Club will host a St. Baldrick’s Foundation signature head-shaving event to raise funds and awareness for childhood cancer research at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the club, 4200 N Western Ave. With a goal of raising $127,485, more than 130 participants have registered to shave their heads.

For more information, go to

Fundraiser to benefit single parents

Five prominent Oklahoma single parents and two adult children of single parents will be honored with awards at the Single Parents Support Network black-tie fundraiser “An Enchanted Evening” from 6 to 9 p.m. April 29 at the Jim Thorpe Museum and Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, 4040 Lincoln Blvd. The event features music by Kyle Dillingham and a keynote address by Chesapeake Energy CEO and Legacy Award recipient Doug Lawler.

The Single Parents Support Network provides support groups, life coaching, resources, education and support services for single-parent families. Tables and sponsorships are available as well as individual tickets by calling 917-1817 or going to

Food Bank drive seeks food, funds

The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma invites businesses to participate in the Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers’ Food and Fund Drive. The goal of the drive is to raise more than $1 million and 1 million pounds of food for hungry Oklahomans.

The drive kicks off April 28 and runs through May 23. The food bank provides resources for participants to raise donations. Most-needed items include canned meats, meat-based soups, canned fruits, canned vegetables, peanut butter, rice and beans. Monetary donations also are encouraged.

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