COWBOYS PLAYERS JOINED FORCES TO RAISE MONEY FOR HUNGER RELIEF PROGRAMS IN DALLAS THROUGH FREDERICK’S BLOCKING OUT HUNGER FOUNDATION
DALLAS (OCTOBER 8, 2018) – On Monday night, Dallas Cowboys Center Travis Frederick hosted his fourth annual fundraising event in Dallas for his Blocking Out Hunger Foundation at the Omni Frisco Hotel. The event, aptly titled ‘Steak-Out for Hunger,’ benefitted outreach programs of the Blocking Out Hunger Foundation, and it featured Frederick and several of his Cowboys teammates mingling with more than 225 guests in attendance. Attendees were treated to a lively cocktail reception, steak dinner and a live and silent auction. More than $250,000 was raised in support of the Blocking Out Hunger Foundation, including a $20,000 donation pledged by Frederick himself.
During the event, Frederick spoke at length about his foundation and why his mission of providing youth with hunger relief is so important to him. A video exhibiting an interview with students, parents and faculty at Trinity Basin Preparatory – where the inaugural Travis’ Pantry was opened – illustrated both the need for this outreach and the impact it has already achieved. Over 70,000 individuals have received meals through the Blocking Out Hunger Foundation since 2016.
One of the ways the Blocking Out Hunger Foundation fulfills this mission is through the signature program ‘Travis’ Pantry.’ These branded food pantries provide students at Title I schools with ongoing nutritional meals. Three ‘Travis’ Pantries’ have been opened since 2017, with the third launched this past spring at Martin Weiss Elementary. Through the funds raised on Monday evening, Frederick will be able to unveil his fourth Pantry in 2020.
Ben Rogers and Jeff “Skin” Wade, hosts of 105.3 The Fan’s Ben & Skin, served as the event’s celebrity emcees and used the excitement and energy following the Cowboys’ hot start to the season to generate donations throughout the evening. Frederick’s teammates showed up in force to support their teammate in providing ongoing nutritional meals to Dallas-area children. Cowboys players in attendance included Dak Prescott, Jason Witten and Sean Lee.
Monday’s ‘Steak-Out for Hunger’ precedes Frederick’s Thanksgiving initiative of his ‘Nourish2Flourish’ program. Through ‘Nourish2Flourish,’ the Blocking Out Hunger Foundation is partnering with Fox Sports Southwest to hold a month-long fundraising campaign that will ultimately provide $20,000-worth of meals to elementary school students during their week-long Thanksgiving Break.