Monday, July 9, 2012

Chow down on Nostalgic Bean Chowder

Take one step outside and you can feel it: the hot, humid temperatures of Oklahoma. Our air conditioning units and fans are already getting a work-out! Trying to survive yet another hot Oklahoma summer is difficult for thousands of people in Tulsa.  The Salvation Army Center of Hope and several utility companies are trying to help those struggling to pay their bills during Home Energy Aid Week on July 15th-21st.  And you can help too by doing something simple: eat lunch with us!

The Center of Hope is hosting a Home Energy Aid Bean Chowder Fundraiser on Monday, July 16th from 11am-1pm at 102 North Denver in downtown Tulsa. Tickets are $5.00 and include bean chowder, cornbread, green salad and iced tea. Cinnamon rolls will be available for an additional donation.  One dozen tickets can be purchased for only $50.    The bean chowder may taste familiar to alumni of Tulsa Public Schools. The chowder is made from a nostalgic TPS recipe.  If you share pictures of your own school days, or any childhood memorabilia at the fundraiser, you will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win $100 of your August electric bill.
All proceeds from this event will go towards the Center of Hope program which helps those who are facing financial problems pay their utility bills. In 2011, the program helped 3,167 people by distributing $288,450.  So far this year, the Army has spread more than $154,157 to 1449 people who need help.
Local utility companies supporting the Army’s year-round fundraising efforts include Public Service Company of Oklahoma/AEP’s Light a Life program, Oklahoma Natural Gas Company’s Share the Warmth program and Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company’s Lend a Hand program.

  So make your co-workers, friends and family happy by buying their lunch! Contact Heather Houston at (918) 582-7201 ext. 208 if you’d like to buy a ticket (or a group of tickets) now. “Take-out” boxes are available, just call ahead to order.


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