FWB Gives $10K from We Denton Drag It

Two checks for $5000 each were presented to local North Texas charities 4theONE Foundation and OUTreach Denton on Sunday July 15.  Local charity, Friends With Benefits, held their annual “We Denton Drag” event at Backyard on Bell June 30th . This energetic show held in an outdoor venue offered patrons the space to enjoy the talents of national drag performer headliner Violet Chacki, Three the Hard Way, and local drag showcases Glitterbomb, SinSational Sundays, and Enigmatic Haus Collective.  100% of the proceed were split between the chosen charities.

Heartfelt words on behalf of 4theONE Foundation volunteer Gail Sjostrom says, “We are eternally grateful to Friends with Benefits. Their generosity and support will go a long way towards 4theONE’s continued mission of rescuing missing, exploited and sex-trafficked minors.  Our search efforts are provided free of charge to parents, guardians and law enforcement, so it is only by the generosity of people and organizations like Friends with Benefits that we are able to continue rescuing North Texas kids out of human trafficking.”

4theONE Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the location and rescue of missing and exploited teens.  4theONE leverages technology and volunteers trained in advanced investigative techniques to assist the search efforts led by law enforcement and the families of missing teens. In addition, 4theONE has a special team dedicated to identifying, investigating and reporting on active sex trafficking rings that are working in North Texas.

To learn more or support these organizations, contact information follows:

4theONE Foundation, Contact Dennis Ozment,  2340 E Trinity Mills Rd Ste 300, Carrollton, TX 75006. Their main phone number is (972) 351-8777 and the tip line is (888) 512-1052.  https://4theone.org

Words of gratitude from OUTreach Denton,  “We are a small organization that works really hard in order to support a youth group for LGBTQ+ identified teens. The funds from this benefit will go directly to supporting our youth group and thus the LGBTQ+ teens in our community who attempt suicide at 3 times, and experience homelessness at twice the rate of their cisgender, heterosexual peers. This extremely generous contribution will make a huge difference for our organization and the impact that we will be able to have in our community. We are so grateful and overwhelmed by the success of the event and outpouring of support by our community. Thank you Denton for showing up, showing your support and celebrating PRIDE month while contributing to the success of OUTreach Denton. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK to Friends with Benefits for your dedication to ensuring that LGBTQ+ members of our community are uplifted, celebrated and supported.”  Outreach Denton provides a place where LGBTQIA+ youth and adults can gather for mutual support, resources, organizing, advocacy, and fun. 

OUTreach Denton, Contact Kamyon Conner, Laura Bass or Kathleen Hobson 940.566.1286 x25 and mail address and their youth group meetings (Sundays 6-8pm, ages 13-18, during school year) are at the Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship located at 1111 Cordell St. Denton, Texas www.outreachdenton.org

Friends with Benefits (FWB) is a 501(c)(3) in Denton, Texas that benefits North Texas charitable organizations that better our local communities, schools and/or neighborhoods. Every year, FWB picks a cause and chooses 1-3 charitable organizations to benefit that fit the theme for the year. Our goal is to put on fun events in Denton, Texas to raise funds and awareness to North Texas charitable organizations and causes. Be sure to follow them on social media (Facebook – Friends with Benefits • Denton, Twitter and Instagram – fwbdenton) to learn about other ways to give back and upcoming events. You can also visit fwbenton.com for more information.

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