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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. OUR GOAL IS TO PUT ON FUN EVENTS IN DENTON, TEXAS TO RAISE FUNDS AND AWARENESS TO NORTH TEXAS CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS AND CAUSES.

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our first friends

Friends with Benefits was formed by three friends, Kiara Helgesen (now Hunter,) 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. After much anxiety, many meetings and conversations with local business owners and charity event experts, the event became reality. With wonderful support from local businesses, the community, local talent, and in-kind sponsors, they event came together. With few obstacles, $4,000 was raised during our first event. This set up the group to make a difference for area organizations ever since! Since 2013, Friends with Benefits has grown from three friends to a board of 5, volunteer group of over 30 and multiple events a year & yearly campaigns! 

 Our board

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Meet Mindy

Co-Founder & President

Mindy was born and raised in North Texas. She graduated from Era High School after living all over the metroplex. Her next destination was Nacogdoches where she attended Stephen F. Austin State University and studied Photojournalism, worked on the student paper and university yearbook. She found her passion for layout, design, and advertising during her time there and discovered her path in graphic design after graduation. Mindy currently works as a graphic designer for Vibra Healthcare and works for charity organizations helping them with marketing and graphic design (Thin Line Fest and Friends with Benefits.) When she’s not stuck behind her computer making digital art, you can find her playing on her co-ed city league kickball team, cheering on her Dallas teams (Rangers, Mavs, Cowboys and Stars,) enjoying the town at her favorite Denton spots with friends or relaxing with her very patient husband, Ryan and her cocker spaniels, Lancelot & Loki.

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Meet Tiffany

Treasurer

Tiffany is a yogi, food writer, and the human to 2 sweet pups and 4 temperamental hedgehogs. She graduated from the University of North Texas in 2010, and has been bouncing back and forth between Lewisville and Denton for most of her life. From Corporate Accounting to Venue Managing, she is a jack of all trades and has a love for adventure sports. Her heart is always beating for the little d community and being a part of the amazing work FWB does for the Denton. Her passion is making a difference in the lives of others through yoga and volunteering efforts.

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Meet Emily

Vice President

Emily is a child of the world (Army Brat), but finally made North Texas her home when she left D.C. and moved to Flower Mound back in 2005. After living in FloMo for a few years she moved to Denton where she started her ongoing love/hate relationship with higher ed. Her current goal is to make it across the stage before any of her former nanny kids do…

When she’s not being passive aggressively tortured by her terrible (adopted) dogs Nash and Naui, (and trying to avoid being a guest on her husband Miles’ podcast), you can usually find her out making mischief with her friends around the Metroplex.

 
 
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Meet George

Co-Director of Awesomeness

George Ferrie moved to Denton in 2005 and immediately fell in love with the unique culture. While attending the University of North Texas and studying Dance Performance and Theater, George performed in more than 30 pieces. During his college career and after, he joined various artistic groups and collaboratives including Sundown Collaborative Theatre, Muscle Memory Dance Theater and Spiderweb Salon.

Now, George owns Wine Squared, a small, local business located on the downtown Denton Square. As a business owner, George is acutely aware of all that it takes to run a successful business in our city; including setting budgets and business goals, creating lasting relationships with vendors, and curating an interesting and engaging experience for all. Since purchasing his business, George has remained committed to partnering with other local business and nonprofits. He firmly believes that through partnerships and collaboration, we can continue to see growth and vitality in this city we call home.

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Meet Danielle

Co-Director of Awesomeness

Dentonite for the last nine years, Danielle has an eclectic professional background of networking, marketing, event planning, and digital marketing and production, all within the DFW area. Lead Promotions and Development for local burlesque brands Salty Lady Burlesque and Glitterbomb Denton, you will be hard pressed to turn a corner and not find Danielle there lending a helping hand, facilitating an event, or performing on stage. She also currently a member of the GSATi team, operating as Digital Marketing Coordinator. When she’s not helping the community or spending time at work, Danielle is a co-host of WTFemme Podcast, a series focused on interviewing our local Queer and Ally Creatives.

 

our super supportive friends

 

ANDY FOLMER – LOGISTICS

VIKTOR SOLIS - VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

BETHANY ROSE LARRAÑAGA - SOCIAL MEDIA

KEVIN MOFFITT

AMBER TYLER - HOSPITALITY

BROOKE SCOGGINS

JENNY BATES

TARA LANE

JANE JOHANSSON - CUMBERLAND PROGRAM LEAD

ELLEN LEVINGS - CUMBERLAND PROGRAM LEAD

MELISSA MOFFITT

AMANDA NEWTON

BRYAN LEVINGS

CASEY ELLIS

JO HIGGINBOTHAM

DANIEL NICHOLS

VICKY SORENSON

DANIELE WALKER

MATT HENLEY

GINGER BRADMAN

ASHLEY BOOKHOUT – SAVIOR

 

We are lucky to have such great friends that work hard to make these events happen.