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KRLD RESTAURANT WEEK was an enormous success, raising more money for the Food Bank than any other Restaurant Week in the event’s seven year history. It began August 16 and ran through August 22, with some generous restaurants extending the event for an extra week. There were 74 Dallas-area restaurants involved and more than 35,000 meals were served to Dallas diners. For each fixed price meal of $30, six dollars was donated to the North Texas Food Bank. As the highest grossing Restaurant Week ever, the event brought in $211,187, which will provide an astonishing 1.27 million meals! We would like to extend a very special thank you to Marianne Howells of KRLD Radio.

CANSTRUCTION was a hit for the ninth year in a row. Sixteen design and architecture firms participated in the event by building life- sized structures at NorthPark Center entirely out of non-perishable food items. The structures were on display from August 21 – September 5 and all the food was donated to the North Texas Food Bank. This year’s CANSTRUCTION provided 52,551 pounds of food. We would like to thank the very talented teams who participated in this year’s event: BOKA Powell, Brown Reynolds Waltford Architects, CCRD Partners, Corgan Associates, Inc., Gensler, Good Fulton & Farrell, Gresham Smith & Partners, HDR, Inc., HKS, Inc., James Harwick & Partners, Jonathan Bailey Associates, LTD, L.A. Fuess Partners Engineers, Merriman Associates/Architects, Inc., N.O.M.A., Page Southerland Page and AIA Student Chapter. Special thanks also to NorthPark Center, SDA, AIA, and Maggiano’s Little Italy.

IT’S A FAIR DEAL AT THE STATE FAIR OF TEXAS brought in an amazing 112,268 pounds of food for the North Texas Food Bank through Kroger’s It’s a Fair Deal Wednesdays. From September 24 – October 17, each Wednesday during the State Fair, all who brought three canned food items to donate to the Food Bank received $1 Fair admission. On opening day of the State Fair, anyone who brought a Coca Cola product to donate received discounted admission for $4. 10,743 pounds of Coca Cola products were donated. The Food Bank would like to thank all the individual and group volunteers who collected food at the entrance gates each Wednesday: MBNA, EDS, Cisco, Coca Cola, Vought, Walden School, Alcoa, Capital One, Granite Properties, Prestonwood Baptist Church, Honda Financial Services, Texas Capital Bank, Bank of America, Medical Center of Plano, The Hope Center, Sharing Life, Buckner Children’s Home, Operation Blessing, Emanuel Lutheran Church and Vickery Wellness Center. We would also like to extend our gratitude to our sponsor, Kroger.

MICHAEL FINLEY BUCKETS FOR HUNGER THANKSGIVING CHALLENGE made a big impact for hunger relief in North Texas for the fourth year in a row. At the Dallas Mavericks home game on November 22, player Michael Finley teamed up with Buckets for Hunger and the North Texas Food Bank to bring in $77,150 to provide food for hungry North Texans! Five Mavericks players, Michael Finley, Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry, Jerry Stackhouse and Eric Dampier generously matched crowd donations; Dave & Buster's also matched $10,000. Over the last four years, a total of $245,000 has been raised for the North Texas Food Bank through Michael Finley’s Buckets for Hunger Thanksgiving challenge. Special thanks to Wayne Bisek of Buckets for Hunger for his passion and energy.

WHOLE FOODS GIVING TREE, presented by Whole Foods Market, ran from December 1-24 at its six metro stores. Customers were asked to donate any dollar amount to the Food Bank at checkout during the holiday season. Whole Foods Market was able to raise $20,780, allowing the Food Bank Member Agencies to purchase more than 124,680 meals for Kids Cafes and other Food Bank programs!

VOUGHT CAN DO! EMPLOYEE CANNED FOOD DRIVE is a two-fold fundraiser put on by the employees of Vought Aircraft Industries, Inc. The 2004 campaign ran from December 7-10 and the amazing efforts of these dedicated employees brought in $90,901 and 14,434 pounds of food for the North Texas Food Bank. That translates into more than half a million meals for our neighbors in need! Thank you to Lorraine Strowd and all the Vought employees that contributed to this worthwhile campaign.

EMPTY BOWLS PRESENTED BY TOM THUMB celebrated its sixth year by bringing in a total of $68,425 for the North Texas Food Bank. Twelve hundred patrons came to the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas on February 25 to enjoy delicious soups, breads and desserts catered by top restaurants from the Dallas area. More than 2,000 beautiful handcrafted bowls were donated by local artists. A very special thanks to John and Darlene Williams of Trinity Ceramics Inc., and to all the artists who participated by donating their talents. Also, thank you to our generous sponsors: Tom Thumb, Capital One, Grant Thornton, Mullis Newby Hurst, EDS, Dallas Mavericks, Bellinger and DeWolf, LLP, Lockheed Martin, Dave & Busters and Post Properties.

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