The In your Corner team is kicking off its annual Fans 4 Oklahomans campaign this week, partnering with Rococo, the Salvation Army, OG&E and Westlake ACE to surprise families with new fans. One thing hasn’t changed over the years- people are hurting. Many Oklahomans are forced to choose between putting food on the table and keeping their family cool.
We can’t make all of their problems go away, but we can give them cool air. One of the best parts about our job is getting to surprise families with new fans and window AC units each year. Delma Boone was so grateful for his new fan. “This is like I just won the million dollar lottery. Money don’t mean nothing to me,” he said. “I can’t take it when I’m gone. I can’t take this with me, but it sure gonna be cool from now on.” No one should go without cool air this summer. New donations are already rolling in.
The more fans the Salvation Army and its area commander, Major Carlyle Gargis, receive, the more families they get to help. “My goal this year, I would love for us to hit 1,200 fans,” he said. “I would hope we can even exceed it this year.” You too can give the gift of cool air to a neighbor in need by dropping off a fan or cash to purchase one at the Salvation Army located at 1001 N. Pennsylvania. We’ll be accepting donations through the summer.
All we’re asking for is ONE FAN! That’s it… This is an EASY way to give back. Fact is… there are thousands of low income families without an AC or too poor to pay their electric bill. ONE FAN could be the difference between life and death. Lots of our recipients are older and have major health problems or have a young infant at home. Drop off a new fan… we’ll make sure it gets to a deserving family.
Rococo Restaurant Owner and Executive Chef Hosts Cooking Demonstration at The Salvation Army 6/9/15
WHEN: Tuesday, June 9 at 5 p.m.
WHERE: The Salvation Army Chesapeake Energy Center of Hope, 1001 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73107
On average, a family of four receives $150.00 worth of groceries from our Client Choice Food Pantry. Items include: canned fruits and vegetables, canned meat, cereal, bread, pasta, frozen meats (chicken, beef, pork), fresh fruits and vegetables and ramen noodles. With the help of Bruce Rinehart, Owner and Executive Chef at Rococo Restaurant, The Salvation Army’s food pantry and shelter clients will learn how they can transform their grocery items into a meal the whole family will enjoy. Using ramen noodles, vegetables and meat, Chef Bruce will demonstrate how those ingredients can be turned into an elegant pasta dish as attendees will enjoy the meal for free.
**NOTE: This is only open to our Client Choice Food Pantry and Shelter clients. This is not open to the public.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. Nearly 33 million Americans, of which 139,000 Oklahomans, receive assistance from The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 82 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 9,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyokcac.org. The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command is a proud partner agency of the United Way of Central Oklahoma.
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STARLIGHT SUPPER for Downtown Inc. 4/9/15
Bicentennial Park, (500 Couch Drive)
***Tickets are sold out***
The third annual Starlight Supper will be a night to remember as we come together to support public art through the culinary arts. Join us as we dine under the stars at the beautiful Bicentennial Park in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City. Starlight Supper will feature a multiple-course meal prepared by some of Oklahoma’s top chefs from local restaurants from the following restaurants:
The evening’s menu will allow guests to treat their palette to a plethora of flavorful and artistic culinary creations. The evening will also feature live music, a cash bar and complimentary wine.
All proceeds from this year’s event will benefit Downtown Oklahoma City Initiatives, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to combat community deterioration. DOKC Initiatives activities include urban research, encouragement and funding assistance for public art, identification markers, landscape projects and revitalization and beautification projects in downtown Oklahoma City.
Give Back Night for Nick Hooper 10/27/14
Our friend Nick Hooper was recently in a motorcycle accident. Nick suffered skull fractures and hand damage. Along with hospital costs, Nick has missed a month of paychecks and has everyday bills to cover. We want to help Nick and his family, but we need your help. Join us Monday, October 27th from 6-9 at Rococo Northpark for a fundraiser to help Nick. Join us for drinks or dinner and we will give a portion of your tab to Nick for bills and other expenses. You get a great meal and we get to help out a good guy having a hard time. Please join us. https://www.facebook.com/events/1503448719929842/
You can also support Nick via YouCaring.com
5th Annual Salvation Army Fan Drive 6/23/14
Imagine having heart failure, high blood pressure, raising your grandchild, too poor to afford AC. Sadly, stories like this one are overheard in the Salvation Army’s food pantry daily. Which is why we’re teaming up with the Salvation Army to raise money and collect new boxed fans for needy Oklahomans.who either don’t have a working AC or can’t afford to pay their utility bill.
We’ll be LIVE with Scott Hines and the In Your Corner team throughout our evening newscasts on NewsChannel 4 starting at 4:00pm.
Oklahoma heat poses a real danger to the elderly, families with young children and those with medical issues. Fans are critical to keeping those without air conditioning or on a fixed income comfortable during the summer months.
Beacon Award Winners: Rococo Restaurants
Rococo owners, managers and staff win the award for Most Charitable Influence (small business) from the Journal Record. We could not be more happy or proud to win this award and be able to give back to our great community.
From the Journal Record article: Rococo Restaurant and Fine Wine’s owner, Bruce Rinehart, has always understood the value of community participation, but had a casual, make-it-up-as-we-go approach to giving back. With the addition of the second location at Northpark Mall came additional employees, exposure and chances to do even more positive work in the community. Rinehart and the Rococo management team stress the importance of investing in social capital to the employees. The staff now is involved in selecting the charities to support with “Give Back” and “Ladies” nights along with special events and volunteer opportunities. Servers and managers learn as much as they can about each group and promote each cause to Rococo guests.
Monday evenings are “Give Back” nights. A nonprofit is chosen by a staff member for fundraising and awareness support. Every Wednesday evening is “Ladies Night,” in which the staff chooses a woman specific charity to partner with for the entire month. For each of these events, Rococo donates 10 percent of all sales for the night and 100 percent of proceeds from a live auction of gift cards and other items. In addition, Rococo Northpark employees once a quarter organize a ”Big Night Out” where Northpark Mall merchants stay open late and donate 10% of sales to a chosen charity.
“Part of our involvement in support of the community is to not only help raise money, but awareness,” Rinehart said. “All the different things that we do allow us to do just that and exposes us to a lot of different segments of society.” “There’s a sense of pride for working at Rococo, not just the food and ambience, but … for who we are, what we do and how we do it,” Rinehart said.
Rococo employees average 100 volunteer hours a month engaging in activities for the various groups they support, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club, YWCA and the Humane Society. Chefs volunteer for events that support the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Allied Arts and the Bricktown Rotary. Rococo also participates at little or no cost in many events put on by the non-profits themselves.
Rococo’s dedication to the community is evident in its list of groups it partners with, including United Way, Boys & Girls Club, Alzheimer’s Association, Oklahoma Brain Tumor Foundation, Easter Seals, Salvation Army, Junior League, YWCA, Jesus House, Infant Crisis Services, Calm Waters, Boy Scouts, Mental Health Association of Central Oklahoma, Harn Homestead Museum, American Heart Association, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Upward Transitions, CASA, Oklahoma Lawyers for Children, Classen School of Advanced Studies (and other local school groups), OATH Coalition, Single Parents Resource Center, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber and more.
4th Annual Salvation Army Fan Drive 7/22/13
We’re teaming up with the Salvation Army & the Bricktown Rotary Club to raise money and collect new boxed fans for needy Oklahomans.who either don’t have a working AC or can’t afford to pay their utility bill.
Rococo Penn Give Back Night for NewView Oklahoma 6/24/13
Rescheduled from May 20th! Come support NewView Oklahoma while enjoying delicious food and drink specials! A portion of the proceeds after 6:00 p.m. will benefit NewView. Bring co-workers and friends!
The mission of NewView Oklahoma is to empower blind and vision impaired individuals to achieve their maximum level of personal independence through employment, rehabilitation, and community outreach. Since 1949, NewView Oklahoma has been a life-changing source of hope and empowerment for Oklahomans living with blindness and visual impairment.
Rococos Penn Give Back Night for the Rowers of the OKC National High Performance Center 4/15/13
Support future Olympic rowers who train right here in OKC. The Oklahoma City National High Performance Center focuses on developing elite rowers and kayakers to represent our nation on the world stage. Located at the Oklahoma River, a U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Site, the OKCNHPC is integral to OKC’s involvement in the U.S. Olympic Movement and provides fitness resources to the public.
Clarke’s Give Back Night for The Children’s Center 2/21/13
Lot’s of friends having a good time, supporting a great cause. Our friend Clark Harris likes to throw great parties, invite his lovely friends and raise money for great community organizations. We teamed up with Clarke and The Children’s Center hospital in Bethany, OK. Lot’s of people came out to support this great organization and had a good time doing it. The next week, owner Bruce Rinehart and Clarke Harris went to The Children’s Center to deliver a check to their wonderful staff.
Santa’s Sleigh with the Bricktown Rotary 11/15/12
Each year, Santa’s Sleigh provides Christmas gifts to children staying in shelters all across the state. On the evening of November 5, we will be giving a portion of proceeds to benefit Santa’s Sleigh. Guests can also celebrate Christmas early by sponsoring a gift bag for a homeless child. Bricktown Rotary’s regular Monday meeting will be this event as well. Join us for a glass of wine and a crab cake. Every child deserves a visit from Santa.
This year, user the direction of Samantha Sampson, they will extend their contest experiences and attend their first state orchestra contest in November. They are attempting to raise money to attend their first out-of-state competition in San Antonio, TX which will take place May 2-5, 2013. Performances like these gives these students an experience as an ensemble that they can’t receive anywhere else.
Join us at Rococo Penn on Monday, Oct 22nd for a special Give Back Night as we help raise funds for the Northwest Classen Orchestra. Have dinner, drinks or drop in for dessert and Rococo will donate a portion of sales to the orchestra. Support students and the arts with a great evening at Rococo. Cheers!
Rococo Penn Give Back Night 9-27-12
Northpark Big Night Out 9-6-12
Helping Oklahoma families stay cool this summer. 7-16-12
We’re teaming up with the Salvation Army, Bricktown Rotary Club and OG&E to raise money and collect new fans. Those sweltering temperatures are right around the corner and for some living without air conditioning, the dreadful conditions will prove life-threatening. Sue Bailey relies on a single, worn out ac unit to cool her entire home. “I mean, in our room it gets hot. It’s an older house,” Sue said. “There’s no insulation. We can’t even sleep at night.” Sue was diagnosed with Lupus and is in a bitter battle with cancer. Her family survives on next to nothing and depends on the Salvation Army for assistance.
“These are hardworking people,” Salvation Army spokesperson Heide Brandes said. “People just struggling to make ends meet. A lot of them have disabilities.”
Wednesday OG&E helped kick off the Salvation Army’s annual fan drive with a large boxed fan donation. “We know they’re people here, the low-income and elderly, who can struggle in the summer, struggle in the heat, struggle with paying their electric bills,” OG&E spokesperson Kathleen O’Shea said. Ace Hardware donated another 100 fans.
Only certain groups can qualify for a new fan:
Sue was a perfect candidate. “A lot of sleeping, comfortably,” Sue said. “I’ll have my daughter in there with us, even though she’s older and doesn’t want to be.” If you would like to help, you can drop off a new fan at the Salvation Army’s main building on 501 S. Harvey during normal business hours.
If you’re in need of cool air, contact the Salvation Army to see if you qualify for a new fan.
Upward Transitions “Celebrity Wait Night” 3-27-12
Tuesday, March 27th, local celebs wait tables for tips to support Upward Transitions’ programs that serve the less fortunate in our community. From 5:00-9:00 p.m.celebrities Alex Cameron & Tammy Payne from KWTV, Karen Carney from Will Rogers World Airport, Scott Hines from KFOR, Andrew Speno and Jeff George from Fox 25 and the OKC Thunder Girls will all be delivering delicious food/drinks at Rococo Northpark.
Don’t forget to ask for a “Thunder UPward-Tini” specialty drink available one night only. It’s a blend of Coconut Rum, Peach Schnapps, Triple Sec, Sweet & Sour, Dash of Blue Curacao & Splash of Sprite and an Orange Twist Garnish. For more information, call Call 232-5507 or visit www.upwardtransitions.org
The Shoppes At Northpark BIG NIGHT OUT
Once a quarter, select Northpark merchants are coming together to give back to our community and customers. You get to enjoy shopping and dining while supporting local charities. Retailers will be open extended hours and Rococo’s will feature food and drink specials. 10% of all proceeds will go straight to that evenings designated non-profit organization.
But wait, there’s more! Each event (4 per year) will have unique surprises such as live music, champagne for shoppers and prize giveaways. Please join us for a wonderful evening of food and fun for a great cause.
Thursday, April 5th from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. is the 1st BIG NIGHT OUT Charity Event and will benefit Easter Seals Oklahoma. This great organization has been helping individuals with disabilities and special needs, and their families, live better lives for more than 86 years. Whether helping someone improve physical mobility or gain greater independence for everyday living, Easter Seals offers a variety of services to help people with disabilities address life’s challenges and achieve personal goals.