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!