The holidays are a wonderful time to bask in the warmth of friends and associates… to trade stories… to laugh… to toast successes… to enjoy the warmth of good times (especially when it’s so cold outside). This is what the PRSA-OKC’s annual holiday party is all about. However, the chapter asked their members to step up a notch this year.
“We partnered with the Warmth 4 Winter campaign this year as a way for our members to give back to those less fortunate,” said Holley Mangham, president of the chapter. Attendees were encouraged to bring a new or slightly used coat to donate to the Brad Edwards Warmth 4 Winter coat drive and in exchange, they would receive a coupon for one free drink. This proved to be quite popular with the crowd! “The kindness of our members and ROBYN Promotions to help Oklahomans in need is overwhelming,” Holley said.
For the last 30 years, the local NBC affiliate, KFOR, has sponsored the coat drive to benefit the Salvation Army with the encouragement of their “In Your Corner” guy, Brad Edwards. Unfortunately, Brad passed away a few years ago, but the campaign continues, spearheaded by his daughter, Ashton Edwards, and the new “In Your Corner” guy, Scott Hines… both of whom attended the party.
“The program started with my dad,” said Ashton, “but it continues with the help of our giving Oklahoma City community, the Salvation Army, Commissioner Maughan and the dry cleaners who clean the jackets, the tradition continues. Last year we collected about 8,000 coats, but this year, we’re shooting for 10,000 coats… and this donation will really help!”
“It’s unbelievable how great the need is right here in Oklahoma City,” said Jeanean Castle, Director of Development for the Salvation Army. “We’re really appreciative of the work your group has done here today. Thank you!”
“Last year, we had about 175 collection boxes across the metro,” said Brian Maughan, County Commissioner for District 2. “This year, we’ve expanded to the outer reaches of the metro and have 275 collection boxes.”
As the honored guests finished speaking with the group, the ROBYN elves made a special delivery… 100 brand new microfleece pullover jackets. “This is a wonderful cause,” said Brian Blake, Director of Marketing at ROBYN. “We’re thrilled to have this opportunity to team up with our friends to help so many people in need.”
“This event also offered us the opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to our past presidents,” said Holley. “The ROBYN team designed a holiday ornament that offers them a token of our appreciation for serving our chapter.”
This is a wonderful, festive time of year. Make memories to last a lifetime… and share the warmth!
Posted on Mon, December 17, 2012
by Brian Blake