By Chip Chandler — Producer
Check here for fun, entertaining ways to give back as the holiday season approaches.
Fresh Start Family Feud
Teams of five can face off in Fresh Start Community Center's Family Feud.
The competition will run from 2 to 6 p.m. Dec. 1 at Fresh Start Community Center, 612 N. Polk St.
Gus Walker Sr. will host.
Deadline is Nov. 17 to register teams. Entry fee is $125. Proceeds will benefit Fresh Start of Monroe's disability scholarship program at Amarillo College.
Together We Can
High Plains Food Bank will kick off its annual Together We Can Holiday Food & Fund Drive on Dec. 3.
The drive — which hopes to raise $200,000 and 150,000 pounds of food — will run through Dec. 8 at Market Street, 2530 S. Georgia St. Donations of food and cash will be taken between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. Dec. 3 to 8.
This year, each day of the drive will focus on different critical warehouse inventory items: peanut butter and jelly on Monday; rice and beans on Tuesday; canned vegetables, meats and soups on Wednesday; pasta, sauce and boxed dinners on Thursday; and milk and cereal on Friday.
Donors can also give at hpfb.org/donate or by texting FOOD to 41444, and United shoppers can give at the register between Nov. 28 and Dec. 9. HPFB officials say that every $1 donated provides four meals.
The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 4 at the gardens, 1400 Streit Drive.
Sheryl Anderson Model and Talent Agency will provide the style show.
Tickets are $40 for lunch, the show and a poinsettia. Extra poinsettias are $20 each. Corporate tables are $500. Reservations are due Nov. 30.
Proceeds will benefit the gardens' Christmas in the Gardens event.
A special evening run through the Wolflin neighborhood will feature a toy drive.
Runners are encouraged to wear fun Christmas outfits, then enjoy hot chocolate at the end of the race.
Coco Duckworth will be the guest speaker, and Cindy Sheets Premier Designs and Lillie's Boutique will offer holiday shopping options. Silent and live auctions also will be held to raise money for the group's scholarship fund for area high school students.
Cost is $25; reservations are due Dec. 4.
Call 806-374-5058 or email email@example.com.
Northside Toy Drive Black Tie Affair
Get ready to snazz it up at the sixth annual Northside Toy Drive Black Tie Affair.
Dallas group The Inspiration Band will perform, and attendees will enjoy dancing, hors d'oeuvres, cocktails and casino games.
The event will begin at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 in the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Heritage Ballroom, 401 S. Buchanan St.
Admission is an unwrapped toy, but reserved table seating is available for eight for $300 or $1,000 for VIP seating, which includes a plated dinner.
Proceeds benefit Northside Toy Drive, which provides presents for children in North Amarillo.
Caffeine & Cars
The Caffeine & Cars monthly car show will celebrate its first anniversary with a toy drive.
The event will run from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 15 at Phone Medic of Amarillo, 3409 S. Georgia St.
Amarillo rapper Nicky Cortez will perform.
Admission and entry is free, but toy donations are requested. All vehicle types are welcome; no burnouts or revving allowed.
Body and Soul Pop-Up Show
Amarillo College's FM90 will host a pop-up concert, using a good beat to raise money for a good cause.
The Body and Soul Pop-Up Show will feature area hip-hop and rap artists, including Ugly Chulo, Sabi, Jrew Retro, Queen V, BlxxzyFYH featuring Nick Gunn, Corts, Draven James, T-MO, King Slim Soul and MC-Seven-E.
The show will begin at 9 p.m. Dec. 15 at The 806 Coffee + Lounge, 2812 S.W. Sixth Ave.
Admission is $5, which will benefit High Plains Food Bank.