Nearly 300 people attended The Food Bank's first-ever Taste of the Tigers tailgate event at Memorial Stadium earlier this month.
Head Football Coach Barry Odom and his wife, Tia Odom, served as honorary co-chairs of the event, which raised more than $90,000 in sponsorships, ticket and auction revenues and in-kind donations. Because of The Food Bank's affiliation with Feeding America and ability to purchase bulk food items at heavily discounted costs, that equates to more than $1.89 million for neighbors in need.
"We are so grateful to everyone who joined us for this fun event to help us share food," said Lindsay Young Lopez, executive director of The Food Bank. "As the only Official Charitable Partner of Mizzou Athletics, we were thrilled to present this one-of-a-kind event at Memorial Stadium and Faurot Field."
During the three-hour event, Tiger fans had the opportunity to taste some amazing tailgate-inspired bites from Columbia's finest eateries, enjoy beverages from local vendors, take tours of the football game day locker room and get on the field for photos and activities.
The Food Bank is planning to host the event again in 2018.
Thank you to event sponsors Mpix, Midwest Computech, Shelter Insurance, Dr. Peter Buchart and Donna Buchart, Dr. Patrick Smith and Karen Smith, Commerce Bank, Mike and Laurie Kelly - HM Risk, Ken and Ann Littlefield, Kevin and Amy Sprouse, Missouri Employers Mutual, Socket, MU Health Care, Tom and Sharon Naught, Columbia Insurance Group, Kilgore's Medical Pharmacy and Barry and Tia Odom.
Vendors at the inaugural event included 11 Eleven, bleu Events, D. Rowe's, The Heidelberg, Hoss's Market and Rotisserie, Manzo's Pizza, Room 38, Sara Fougere Catering, Smokin' Chicks BBQ, Stadium Grill, DogMaster Distillery, Logboat Brewing Co., N.H. Scheppers, Smoothie King and Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits.