Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children

 

1993 to 2002

Style Shows

The Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children style show made its debut in 1998. It was a vision of Sue Johnson Benson, development representative, in an effort to provide school clothing for the residents in care at Baptist Children's Home, Owasso.

Sue was actually worried and had some doubts that the event would be a success, because the clothing had to be purchased beforehand on faith that the money would come in. That first style show was not only a success, but was just the beginning of a wonderful annual event that would eventually be a highlight at all four of our campuses.

Since that time*, over 8,000 outfits have been provided and over 30,000 gifts have been recorded, totaling over six million dollars! Not only do the residents in care receive necessary clothing to begin the school year and attend church in style, but the funds help to outfit all of the new residents throughout the year. Additional funds raised are used to provide for other basic needs of the children.

These events aren't just a fundraiser or a means to show off our residents. During the shows, stories are shared by current and former residents about how children and families are being impacted and lives are being changed. In addition, the residents not only benefit from getting new clothing, but modeling the outfits is a tremendous boost for their self-esteem.

A silent auction and a meal is typically included before the style shows begin, and the Baptist Children's Home, Oklahoma City and Boys Ranch Town, Edmond have joined up to provide one big show, now held as a dinner event.

Just ask anyone who has attended or volunteered at one of our style shows, and they will share how the children love to “show off” their new clothes and everyone really enjoys cheering them on. If you would like more information on attending or helping with a style show, please contact a campus near you.

*Between 1998 and 2014

 


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