2020 Style Show – Reimagined
While COVID-19 definitely placed an interesting twist on OBHC’s 2020 events, it didn’t slow down the success of the Back-to-School Style Show benefiting Boys Ranch Town and Baptist Children’s Home, OKC and Owasso. With the events being moved to a virtual format, thousands of supporters were able to participate in the Style Show events on August 7-9.
The decision to move to a virtual format this year was not taken lightly. Co-Event Coordinator Shonda Flowers stated, “With the current situation in our nation, it was best for us to pivot to a virtual event. The experience has stretched OBHC in a new direction. Trying new things has made us a better organization. Some aspects of this year’s event will move forward with us in the future.”
An online auction began on August 7 and went through August 9, with many incredible items donated by generous organizations and individual supporters. This allowed OBHC one of several ways to raise money and support the needs of children on these three campuses.
Also new this year was peer-to-peer fundraising, where churches, individuals and OBHC staff formed fundraising teams and shared why this cause is near and dear to their hearts, while encouraging and challenging others to give to the Style Show. It was a blessing to see so many people sharing their support of the ministry of OBHC.
The online event currently has more than 13,000 views. During the premiere, individuals and churches hosted watch parties. Facebook viewers chimed in with comments and excitement about the testimonies and the children showing off their new clothes! The first-ever OBHC television broadcast aired on August 9 and was viewed by an additional 3,000+ households.
Co-Event Coordinator Donna Brooks shares her appreciation to those who made this event possible.
“Through the virtual Style Show, we have learned that we can reach out to a broad online audience. People from all around the country were able to participate in our online silent auction and even watch the Style Show from their homes far and away. The TV broadcast was a big hit! Friends all around the state have shared that they learned so much about our ministry that they did not know before this virtual Style Show. While we did not set out to have a virtual event, we can take so much of what we’ve learned and apply it toward continuing to make each show even better. Thank you to everyone who participated in the event, those who have generously contributed to the clothing and basic needs of children and at-risk families and to those who are already making plans for a great show in 2021!”
Many children on campuses expressed their thanks to those who supported the Style Show, cheered them on from home and participated by donating to purchase new clothes and other basic needs for the year:
“Thank you all for watching and may God bless your hearts.” – Craig
“Thank you for the chance to dress up and tell you about me and my family.” – April
“Thank you so much! You all mean so much to me. You’re such blessings and I hope the Lord blesses you as much as you bless us.” – Andrea
“Thank you for all your support and commitments that you so generously give to the Children’s Home and the lives that you have helped change throughout the years.” – Kristen
“Thank you for all your support and donations. God bless you.” – Sergio
If you were unable to watch the Style Show, it is available for view on our website or Facebook page. Thank you for all your support! You have truly made a difference in the lives of children and families!
The Style Show fun for the year isn’t over. The Baptist Home for Girls Style Show will be held Saturday, October 10 at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Ardmore. For more information on tickets or viewing the Madill Style Show online, visit our website.