2022 EVENTS

Beans & Cornbread 2022 wrapped up

It was an amazing year thanks to all of you! We had an amazingly successful fundraiser while also having a great time and breaking bread with everyone in attendance. The stories and truths shared were life changing, inspirational, and truly special. Thank you to everyone who attended, donated, and wished us well! Our loyal and passionate supporters are what makes our organization special.

Keynote speaker Thomas “hollywood” Henderson

Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson was a first-round draft pick linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys. He is regarded as one of the best linebackers in NFL history, playing in Super Bowls and becoming a Pro Bowl player. However, his partying lifestyle and drug addiction soon brought him down, leading to incarceration. He lost it all—his job, family, and friends. Somewhere along the way, he even lost himself.

Fortunately, in 1983, Thomas’ life began to slowly change. He established a new way of living with the help of therapy and 12-step recovery programs. Today, he travels the world sharing his story of recovery. Thomas has devoted his new life to prevention, recovery, and sobriety. Thomas has made major educational impacts in communities, children’s lives, prisons, and much more. His goal is to share his story of hope, courage and change while letting people know that recovery is possible.

why beans & cornbread? a short history

The OKC Metro Alliance, Inc. was founded in 1973 to administer the Public Inebriate Alternative (PIA) sobering center in downtown Oklahoma City. Persons brought into PIA have a 10 hour detention period where they are fed a hearty meal of beans and cornbread and provided a safe and clean place to “sleep it off”. Beans and cornbread has remained a staple of OKC Metro Alliance since its founding as we continue to serve meals to people during their stay and in a to-go bag to individuals that may not be able to get another meal elsewhere. It’s a warm, hearty, comforting, homecooked meal that provides not only nutritious necessities, but also a sense of comfort and stability.

Naturally, Beans & Cornbread was a fitting name for the OKCMA annual fundraiser. The luncheon aims to build community among our supporters, bring awareness to our mission of impacting the community, share stories of strength, and to of course have a meal that has long been a staple of Oklahoman cuisine.

thank you to our sponsors

Jerry Worster

Peggy Kates

Beller Family Foundation

Rainbolt Family Foundation

Steve & Barbara Young

Bill & Susie White

Jan Brown

Susan Edwards

Donna Lamberti & Mike Fletcher of Totally Tickets

Art Christie

Suzanne D. Graham

SSM Health Oklahoma

Nicoma Park Christian Church

Connie Weber

Allen Brown

Bill & Shannon Kerr

Tania Smith

John Coyle III

Tom & Donna McCreight

Tom & Suzanne Graham

Mickey & Debbie Clagg

Ryan & Rebecca McGee of Scissortail Advisory Group

Commissioner Kevin Calvey

Taylor Denniston of SRB

Mike & Robin Wong

photos from beans & Cornbread 2021

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