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Friends with Benefits was formed by three friends, Kiara Helgesen, Mindy Arendt and Charlie Hunter, in Denton, Texas in 2013. They wanted to make a difference for the 2013 tornado victims in Granbury, Texas, where Kiara went to high school. She found out that they were not getting government help, so all three jumped at the opportunity to help them. After much anxiety, beer, whiskey, meetings and conversations with local business owners and charity event experts, they came to the realization that their talks of an event could be reality. A date was chosen in the busy festival town of Denton, only giving them two months to get it all done.
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Upcoming events & fundraisers
At Friends with Benefits, we take pride in throwing some of the best events around. From 5Ks to drag shows, and kickballs to music festivals, you name it? We have probably done it. Though we keep several annual events around to consistently support our slate of programs, we try to test out new events and opportunities that might help our organization, and ergo the community, grow. Come out and support us at event, or even volunteer and help us run the show! No matter what, we guarantee you’ll have a great time while giving back to the local community in need.
Our annual tribute to the womxn of music and art of DFW and abroad who motivate, inspire, and grow our local fine arts community. All proceeds from She Rock benefit Womxn Veterans organizations.
Sister Act combines the local drag community with our area bartenders for an evening of fun-filled transformations by some of DFW’s most legendary drag artists. All proceeds raised from Sister Act directly support Friends with Benefits.
We Denton Drag It is our annual event to support area LGBTQIA+ nonprofits by creating a platform for DFW performance and visual artists. From Glitterbomb Denton, to The Queer Of with international celebrity performers, We Denton Drag It aims to be diverse as we help grow and support our beautiful diverse community.
West Hickory St. (FKA Fry St.) Oktoberfest annual 5k
West Hickory Street (FKA Fry Street) Oktoberfest is a nostalgic event that dates back to our early days as an organization. Enjoy a quick 5k with a walk, run or even a stroll with a furry friendly friend, then munch on German treats while you enjoy local, live music. Proceeds go to benefit our chosen beneficiaries for that year.
FWB has teamed up with Cumberland Children’s Home to provide special birthday parties for their kids.
What is better than having a great birthday!?! Help us give these kids a special day by sponsoring a birthday. Each sponsorship is $100 (groups encouraged!) This will include a gift card for the birthday kiddo, cake, a gift bag full of goodies, party supplies, and decorations to help make their day special and celebrate with their friends.
We have an Amazon wishlist of party supplies that you can purchase from.
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We are fortunate as an organization to provide opportunities for our community of artists, musicians, and others to thrive in their passion or craft. From music and art grants, to working with children and their aspirational GOALs, Friends with Benefits is here to ensure Denton stays growing. Check out our scholarships today and see which works for you.
Like any nonprofit, it takes a village to keep organizations like ours up, running and growing. If you like giving back to your community, making new lifelong friends, and having a good time along the way, then we have a spot for you. We are always looking to add dedicated community members to help run events, promote our mission, network with other organizations, and plenty more. If that sounds like something that interests you, apply and join our team today!