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December fundraiser roundup: Together We Can, Black Tie Affair, more
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The Together We Can food drive kicks off Dec. 3.
Courtesy High Plains Food Bank

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. 

Call 817-243-9661.


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 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.

Call 806-374-8562.


Poinsettia Luncheon

Amarillo Botanical Gardens and Southwest Amarillo Garden Club will host a second Poinsettia Luncheon and Style Show.

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.

Call 806-352-6513.


Toys-Day Run

A special evening run through the Wolflin neighborhood will feature a toy drive.

The Toys-Day Run will begin at 6 p.m. Dec. 4 at Get Fit, 1911 S. Georgia St.

Runners are encouraged to wear fun Christmas outfits, then enjoy hot chocolate at the end of the race.

Entry fee is $20 worth of toys or other needed items for The Bridge, or a $20 donation.

Call 806-350-4262.


Scholarship Auction

Amarillo Women's Network will host its annual Scholarship Auction from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 7 in the Abuelo's banquet room, 3501 S.W. 45th Ave. 

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


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.

Call 806-676-7482.


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.

Call 806-418-6850.


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.

Call 806-371-5228.




 Chip Chandler is a producer for Panhandle PBS. He can be contacted at, at @chipchandler1 on Twitter and on Facebook.