On February 22, 2014, over 1300 volunteers showed up to the Hilton Anatole to not only celebrate the anniversary of the charitable organization TangoTab, but to also become a part of record-breaking history. The mission was clear and the objective was simple: to break the Guinness World Record for the most number of people making sandwiches simultaneously. Former NFL star Terrell Owens came out to show his support in addition to former Dallas Stars hockey player, Mike Modano. Local radio stations supported the venture along with some of Dallas’ most notorious socialites, Steve Kemble, LeeAnne Locken, popular Dallas radio DJ J-Si and the current reigning Mrs. Dallas.
“We are pleased to partner with TangoTab for this exciting, community-oriented event, ” said Harold Rapoza, general manager of the Hilton Anatole. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime type of opportunity for DFW residents to join together and give back. Providing meals for more than 30,000 DFW residents in a matter of hours is a pretty incredible feat. We couldn’t be more proud than to host this event at our hotel.”
After a long and arduous discussion of the semantics that goes into properly accounting for the number of people and number of sandwiches made in order to fit the Guinness rules and procedures, volunteers were let loose to do what they came to do: break the world record. 1,363 volunteers in tow and loads of bologna and cheese sandwiches later, Dallas officially broke the world record and was able to successfully feed the mouths of 136,000 people. Sandwiches made at the event and leftover food supplies were donated to TangoTab’s local non-profit partners North Texas Food Bank, Soup Mobile and Metro Relief who in turn distributed the sandwiches to local citizens in need.
Dallas-based company TangoTab is founded on charitable principles and believes in the power of giving back. Through its free app, TangoTab features local meal deals for area restaurants and eateries. Once a restaurant deal is purchased and the promotion redeemed, TangoTab will then donate a meal to a local food pantry–setting itself gravely apart from similar apps and programs such as LivingSocial.
“We have been blessed to grow an idea right here in Dallas that puts the ability to fight hunger and to help local restaurants in the palm of your hand, via smart phone, in markets across the country,” said Andre Angel, founder and CEO of TangoTab. “We are overwhelmed by the generosity of our family of users who choose to help the hungry while they are dining out and we are pleased that Dallas is leading the charge. TangoTab proves that when we work together, we can achieve something much bigger than we ever thought possible.”
TangoTab has now expanded to larger cities and markets including Austin, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Fort Wort and Oklahoma City; and with the success of its world record breaking event, TangoTab is on its way to becoming not only a national, but a global phenomenon.