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Born and raised in Dallas, Kristi Anderson graduated from University of Texas Dallas with a B.A. in Psychology. She is creative and has a passion for charity, volunteering to plan multiple charity galas and events. She works in Marketing and Advertising and can be found exploring new Dallas restaurants, boutiques and the music scene.

Recap: Taste of the NFL: The Ultimate Cowboys Tailgate Party Tackles Childhood Hunger

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Troy Aikman and Chef Kent Rathbun

The famous Dallas Cowboys AT&T Stadium isn’t just used to play the game of football. On Monday May 3, 2015 The North Texas Food Bank held their 11th annual Taste of the NFL: The Ultimate Cowboys Tailgate Party to help with defeating childhood hunger.

This annual event continues to grow each year, and this year was the best year yet! Numerous Hall of Fame Dallas Cowboys, Hall of Famer, Troy Aikman, #72 Travis Frederick, the 2015 NFL Hall of Fame inductee and former Cowboy, Charles Haley, Preston Pearson and Chad Hennings. Along with some of the boys, head coach Jason Garrett and The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders,  participants were also greeted by some of Dallas’ top executive chefs, Kent Rathbun from Abacus, Jasper’s and Hickory, Richard Chamberlain from Chamberlain’s, David Holben from Del Frisco’s to just name a few, that showcased their gourmet dishes from DFW’s hottest restaurants. Local bands such as The Rusty Brothers provided live entertainment, alongside fun-filled activities being played including washers, a mechanical bull and the popular corn hole game. As though that wasn’t enough, you also found both silent and live auctions taking place offering exclusive items such as opportunities for bidders to help sponsor children from NTFB programs at various commitment levels, once-in-a-lifetime experiences like a summer of 20 Dallas concerts held at House of Blues,  Gexa Pavillion and the Dallas Cowboys Practice Suite in Valley Ranch. For the ladies, the auction had items such as a beautiful Christian Louboutin bag and other elegant showcases.

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Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and Rowdy

This action packed event, helped to benefit the North Texas Food Bank Children’s Feeding Programs. It raised over $338,000 which will help provide over 1 million meals! Matt Jauchius, Chief Marketing Officer for Nationwide stated, “With the help of the local community, this event provides millions of meals to hungry North Texas children through programs like NTFB’s Food 4 Kids, a program that fills backpacks full of nutritious foods to some 11,000 chronically hungry children.”

Taste of the NFL: The Ultimate Dallas Cowboys Tailgate Party, presented by Nationwide, has provided over four million meals to hungry North Texas children since the beginning of the program in 2005. It has raised funds for more than 1,000 education and feeding programs, each $1 donated has provided 3 meals for hungry children and 100 percent of this annual event proceeds go towards the various programs such as Kid Café, School Pantry Program and Food 4 Kids backpacks.

For more information on North Texas Food Bank visit here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Head Coach Jason Garrett and participants

Head Coach Jason Garrett and participants

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Executive Chef Kent Rathbun and staff

 

 

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