Author: Other Options

FULL ARTICAL LINK: 1 IN 8 PEOPLE with HIV do not know they have it!

Approximately 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV, and an estimated 13% of them do not know they are infected. HIV can affect anyone regardless of sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, gender, age, or where they live. In the U.S., Black, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian and Alaska Native populations have higher rates of new HIV infections and HIV diagnoses, and lower rates of PrEP and ART preventive treatment awareness compared to their White peers. HIV-related stigma is one of the top factors that contributes to poor uptake of prevention tools and treatments. Despite the advancements in HIV prevention and treatment, not everyone is benefiting equally.

This infographic explores strategies to reduce new HIV diagnoses and support stigma reduction in the hopes that it could result in increased initiation of, and adherence to, PrEP or ART to prevent new infections and reduce HIV transmission.

 

Other Options’ philanthropic legacy

In 2010, Ladonna felt alone for the first time in 52 years. Multiple family illnesses led to untimely deaths, leaving her to fend for herself despite her own struggles with bipolar disorder, severe social anxiety and eventually multiple sclerosis. After some time, she spoke with the Oklahoma Health Department about ways to secure food, and one of their suggestions was Other Options – a local nonprofit organization providing various services to at-risk individuals, with a focus on those affected with HIV and AIDS. Ladonna eventually attended after hunger overcame anxiety.

“It takes a lot for me to feel comfortable anywhere,” Ladonna says. “When I went there for the first time, I didn’t feel like I was being judged; I felt like my mother was there again. She was the only one who understood me. For the first time since they left me, I knew I had a family, a place to belong to.”

Other Options became a surrogate family to Ladonna; a sentiment shared by the nonprofit’s volunteers and those who regularly rely on their care.

Founded in 1988 by Cookie Arbuckle, Other Options is a staple within the metro area for those in need of nutritious food, clothing and other necessities for survival. Now operated by Cookie’s daughter, Mary, this service extended to a mainstay in holiday hospitality: Cookie’s Thanksgiving. Since 1999, this annual event provides over 1,000 in-need families and individuals with prepared Thanksgiving meals, either in person or delivered upon request. Many, including Ladonna, look forward to this holiday with a newfound appreciation.

“Thanksgiving can be a hard time for a lot of us because there’s plenty that don’t have no one else,” Ladonna says. “I try to visit every day to see my family, but Thanksgiving is different. That’s when everyone gets to see why these people are God-sent. But, this year is going to be different.”

Readjustments to daily life, holidays and annual traditions are hallmarks of COVID-19 world. This weight of planning for a pandemic-friendly Cookie’s Thanksgiving is a task not lost on people like Mary Arbuckle and Jim Everett, the Pantry Manager of Other Options. Plans to modify the in-house holiday began as early as March.

“We knew things would not be ‘business as usual’ for Cookie’s Thanksgiving back when the rest of the country was coming to grips with everything,” Everett says. “Because of this, we’re having our volunteers prepare boxed meals and either delivering them to their houses or through our drive-thru service. This is to ensure that everyone is safe while still being fed.”

For those like Ladonna, this is a difficult, though necessary, transition.

“God, I miss my Other Option family every day,” Ladonna says. “But it’s things like Cookie’s Thanksgiving that remind me that I’ll never be alone.”

Everett continues to welcome all donation and volunteer efforts towards Cookie’s Thanksgiving. Donation and volunteer opportunities can be found on the Other Options website at otheroptionsokc.org.

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Battle of the Bartenders 2023

Thursday, October 5, 2023
Farmers Public Market
6PM-10PM

Sample the best cocktail creations in OKC and vote for your favorite Bartender at this Casion Night themed fundraiser for Other Options.

About this event

Back by popular demand, Battle of the Bartenders : The Casion will be in town on October 5th, let’s all celebrate the best cocktail creations in town created and served by some of our absolute best bartenders around.

This year 15 vendors will be competing for top prizes all while celebrating our theme: Casion Night! Get your tickets and “STEP RIGHT UP” for games, drinks, and food.

Sample and vote on your favorite cocktail creation while raising money to support Other Options, the only food pantry in Oklahoma for people affected by HIV.

General Admission $50/$75

Designated Driver Special – $25

Pre-Sale – $50
At the Door – $75General Admission Ticket that includes access to all tastings
Unlimited soda/water/tea
1 Commemorative T-Shirt

 (ONLINE TICKET SALES) 

SAVE THE DATE: 10.20.2022

 (ONLINE TICKET SALES) 

Back by popular demand, Battle of the Bartenders formally Bar Wars: The Carnival will be in town on October 20th, let’s all celebrate the best cocktail creations in town created and served by some of our absolute best bartenders around.

This year 15 vendors will be competing for top prizes all while celebrating our theme: Carnival! Get your tickets and “STEP RIGHT UP” for games, drinks, and food.

Sample and vote on your favorite cocktail creation while raising money to support Other Options, the only food pantry in Oklahoma for people affected by HIV.

October 2nd, 2022 at the Myriad Gardens

Join AIDS Walk of Oklahoma City as we come together for the 24th Annual Walk & Festival!

Our FREE family friendly event is open to all members of the community so that we can bring awareness to HIV/AIDS in our community. Vendors, live music and local entertainment will start at 12pm on the Devon Lawn of the Myriad Gardens. The one-mile walk will start promptly at 2:00pm.

We highly encourage organizations/local businesses/friend groups/etc to create Walk-Teams on our registration website (click the button above). This is a great way to engage those around you and raise funds for the ongoing HIV/AIDS efforts in Oklahoma City. Message AIDS Walk OKC for assistance in creating your walk team.

This is an opportunity to the community to remember those we have lost throughout the AIDS Epidemic, celebrate those living with HIV, and raise funds for organizations offering support and prevention services.

AIDS Walk of Oklahoma City (aidswalkokc.org)

The survey is entirely voluntary and anonymous. Survey findings will be reported in summary form, and nothing linking participants to the results will be presented or accessible by anyone other than the evaluation staff at the University of Oklahoma.

What are the symptoms of monkeypox?

Monkeypox may cause fever and swollen lymph nodes. Headache, muscle and backache, chills, and exhaustion can also be present. A painful rash develops and goes through several stages including fluid and pus-filled blisters that eventually get crusty, scab over, and fall off.

Can monkeypox spread through sex?

Monkeypox can spread through any type of skin-to-skin contact with an infected person including, but not limited to, sexual contact. At this point, it is not known if monkeypox virus will spread through semen or vaginal fluids. However, the rash can look similar to symptoms of STIs such as herpes and syphilis. Mouth-to-skin contact can spread monkeypox when blisters are present. Condoms may not prevent the spread of monkeypox.

What should I do if I think I have monkeypox?

If you think you have monkeypox, contact the OSDH Epi-on-Call at 405-426-8710 for a free confidential consultation, or your healthcare provider for advice, testing, and medical care. Self-isolate away from others to protect them from infection. Cover all possible blisters (e.g., wearing clothing over the rash).

What should I do if I am a contact to a confirmed
monkeypox case?

Close contacts to someone who has monkeypox may be eligible for post-exposure vaccination to prevent illness. For close contact consultation, call the OSDH Epi-on-Call at 405-426-8710. Monitor yourself for symptoms for 21days from exposure. If symptoms develop, self-isolate away from others and contact the OSDH Epi-on-Call or your healthcare provider for advice and testing.

Want to make a Donations!

Board Games, Puzzles for Children & Families.

Amazon / Visa / Mastercard Gift Cards / Movie Passes

Nonperishable food Items welcome.

Drop off locations thru December 10th:

Other Options 3636 NW 51st Street OKC, OK 73112

THE 3RD ANNUAL OKC SANTA CRAWL IS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13TH, 2020!

From Bricktown to Auto Alley to Midtown, a sea of Santas will be roaming the streets of OKC in search of fun – be a part of the 2020 OKC Santa Crawl!

On Sunday December 13th, Oklahoma City will literally be crawling with Santas!  This one-day, adult-centered Santa Convention will feature hundreds of costumed Santas marching the streets of OKC.  Starting with a Kickoff Celebration at 10am at Louie’s in Midtown and ending at 6pm, participants will be encouraged to wear holiday costumes (Santas, Mrs. Claus, Reindeers, Christmas trees, etc.) and walk bar to bar for special deals at each stop.

There will be several opportunities for Santas to stop and participate in activities – including a costume contest, singing Christmas Carols, dance contest and games.

 OKC Santa Crawl will donate a portion of the participants’ ticket cost to charity.  The charity for 2020 is Other Options, Inc. More details will be coming soon – including all of the participating Santa Stops. Check back here in the coming weeks!

2020 OKC Santa Crawl

Sun, Dec 13, 2020 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM CST

OKC Santa Crawl | Oklahoma City’s Official Santa Pub Crawl!

We’re partnering with the Plaza District for a Holiday Food Drive and Angel Tree on Saturday, November 28th.

We’ll have the Other Options sprinter, Angel Trees and Tables/Boxes to accept food donations and help the public select clients from our Angel Tree or drop off gifts. Angel Tree gifts we’re accepting include $20 amazon gift cards, games/puzzles, and passes to zoo/museums/waterpark, etc.

This is an outdoor event, so please dress for the weather. Fun holiday attire encouraged! Hand sanitizer and gloves will be provided. Although this is an outdoor event, we encourage you to also wear a mask.

Date: 11/28/2020 (Sat.)

Location: Plaza District

1727 NW 16th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73106

Other Options-Friends Food Pantry offers a great place for people to exercise the power of community. It is amazing to see the support that people provide to help those in need, and many of these folks have been or are currently clients of Friends food pantry.  The cycle of helping others when you can help and accepting help when you have a need makes for a strong community.  Friends food pantry offers a fun environment for volunteering, being a volunteer at the Friends food pantry is like being a member of a family, we support each other as we support others. Volunteering brings a feeling of happiness and accomplishment, and for younger volunteers it also leads to increased empathy and compassion.  If you have a need to use the services of the Food Bank, please do. That is why we are here, to help during tough times, and remember, you do not have to be “poor” to use the pantry. If we can help you keep your car or pay the utilities by supplying you with food, let us do that.

If you wish to support an organization that is right here in your hometown serving your community, please do. We need your support; without your support we cannot exist.  Lately with the pandemic I’m feeling the weight on my shoulders, sometimes I feel overwhelmed and tired but if people can wait in long lines for food, I can get up and go to work so that their cupboards are not bare.  We all must do something we must build a more just and equitable society where no person goes hungry.

If that feels like that is a tall task, here are some simple things you can do to help others (and your own mental health):

Give:  Nonprofits that have been responding to the coronavirus pandemic and its economic impact are facing significantly increased costs. We will need your continued support in the ongoing crisis. Do your research, find a charity you trust that speaks to your heart and donate to support its efforts.

Volunteer:  Yes, this may feel like a worrisome time to be among other humans. Many charities that need your help have implemented new safety measures for volunteers. Get out of the house and help others, you will feel better and you might make some new friends.

Vote:  Hunger knows no political party. We should all be able to agree that no one should go hungry. This fall, we are urging everyone to vote in the November election to ensure all voices are heard, particularly those who are typically disenfranchised, and to strengthen the safety net for our most vulnerable neighbors.

I do not know what tomorrow brings but I have made a pledge that I will keep Other Options and Friends food pantry doors open.  Please help me to do this task by doing the simple ones that will help keep our doors open.

What we cannot do alone WE can do together!

Mary Arbuckle
Executive Director

Guiding Right is now able to offer the delivery of at-home rapid testing kits for the detection of HIV, providing a self-help option for fast results in minutes. The tests are designed with a simple, easy-to-use process for patients to test themselves without needing a medical professional.

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Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Like you, we have watched the Coronavirus (COVID-19) carefully. We understand your concerns and we share them. In keeping with our pledge to provide our clients the best pantry experience and resources, we’d like to tell you what we’re doing to help keep you safe during a time of uncertainty.

Rest assured, our volunteers have been working diligently to keep you safe and our services in operation as much as we can. Other Options have spent decades fighting stigmas like HIV and the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Is no different. We have been carefully evaluating the situation, following the guidance of public health officials local and federal. Of course, our volunteers are required to stay home if ill and we have strict guidelines in place to protect their health and our clients. We are implementing precautionary measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, including increasing the frequency and sophistication of sanitation procedures, adding staff for ongoing cleaning throughout the day, and additional hand sanitizer for our customers’ use.

As this dynamic situation evolves, we may need to close temporarily in accordance with public health guidelines. We will follow public health guidelines as we make these decisions with our client’s and volunteers’ health as our top priority. Please check our website (www.otheroptionsokc.org) social media (Facebook – Other Options) or call our office for an update.

On March 14th we enacted strict shopping protocols for clients shopping. We asked that our clients follow these protocols as they are in place to help maintain your health as well as our volunteers. In the coming days, we may have to go a step further and limit client’s access to the building.

Here are a few things that we’re asking of you our clients and our volunteers.

  • Stay home if you have flu-like symptoms or a bad cough.
  • Restrict your movements to public locations and events stay home and stay safe as much as possible.
  • Observe proper and frequent handwashing, sanitizing and cleaning of hard surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • If you believe that you have come in contact or may be infected with Coronavirus (COVID-19) please contact your local Doctor or the Oklahoma Health Department.

We are committed to providing the same high standards and exceptional experience you have come to expect from us while ensuring the safety of our volunteers and clients.

Sincerely,

Cher Golding, Board President / Mary Arbuckle, Executive Director / Jim Everett, Pantry Manager

Other Options COVID-19 Update (PDF)

Join us for a spectacular evening featuring fashion from the Silver Screen era of old Hollywood.

POSPONDED New date TBD

 

Farmers Public Market

Dress to Impress!

Tickets on Sale at https://www.facebook.com/events/179662540088640

This year, our designers are creating one-of-a-kind runway looks to celebrate the icons of the Silver Screen. Whether avant-garde or chic wearable styles, this year’s show is sure to impress. This year’s event showcases world-class, award-winning designer Nicole Moan, Former Project Runway designer Johnathan Kayne, as well as local designer Cody Johnson. In addition some of our models will feature accessories from local businesses including Betsy King Shoe Boutique, Armando Ortiz’s Creative Studio, and Marla Cook Hats.

More information coming soon.

Cookie’s Thanksgiving is an annual event that feeds 1000 in-need individuals on Thanksgiving day through at-home deliveries and in-house meals. Every $7 donated helps us provide a Thanksgiving meal for a family in OKC impacted by HIV/ AIDS. Make your tax-deductible donation today! Providing a full, homemade Thanksgiving meal to families affected by HIV/AIDS and others in need of a warm holiday meal.

Bar Wars 2019: Drinks on Broadway – a Musical Mixology Soiree is a fundraising event benefitting Other Options. Proceeds from the event will support our Friends Food Pantry Program and allow us to purchase nutrient-dense food and nutritional items for Oklahomans living with HIV who qualify for our services.

This cocktail competition and tasting event will take guests on a culinary and beverage inspired journey through Broadway’s greatest performances. Participating vendors will be competing for prizes awarded to the top cocktail creation and people’s choice awards.

A list of competing vendors is coming soon! Get your tickets here! 

Bar Wars 2019: Drinks of Broadway – A Musical Mixology Soiree!

  • Thursday, October 24, 2019
  • 6:00pm – 10:00pm
  • OKC Farmers Public Market – 311 S. Klein Ave

This cocktail competition and tasting event will take guests on a culinary and beverage inspired journey through Broadway’s greatest shows.

Bar Wars 2019 Competitors

  • 84 Hospitality
  • Alibis Club
  • Apothecary 39
  • Bunker Club
  • Frankies
  • Guyutes
  • Kats Tavern
  • Neighborhood Jam (Norman)
  • O Bar
  • Other Room + Picasso Cafe
  • Partners
  • Paseo Grill
  • The Pump
  • Rococo
  • Scratch Norman
  • Scratch Paseo
  • Tramps
  • The Winston
  • Beer Tasting Provided by Angry Scotsman Brewing

The Hangover Brunch is back for the second time this year! After such an amazing spring brunch, we decided a fall brunch should most definitely happen. Sunday October 6th, the best of OKC brunch spots will be under one roof! Unlimited brunch samples + drinks + live music!

  • Sunday, October 6, 2019
  • 11:30am – 2:00pm
  • OKC Farmers Public Market – 311 S. Klein Ave

Tickets go on sale Monday, August 5th – so be sure to set a reminder! There will also a limited number of VIP tickets available. Restaurants and all the details will be announced soon! In the meantime, check out our website: www.thehangoverbrunchokc.com

Inspired by Truman Capote’s 1966 Black & White Ball! The Black and White Ball was a masquerade ball held on November 28, 1966 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Hosted by author Truman Capote, the ball was in honor of The Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham. The 2019 Black & White Ball is hosted by Lonnie Green and Anita Milam benefiting Other Options/Friends Food Pantry! (That’s us!)

  • Saturday, September 21, 2019
  • 7:30pm – 1:00am
  • OKC Farmers Public Market – 311 S. Klein Ave

Details:

  • Doors open at 7:00pm
  • Valet parking
  • DRESS: FUN FORMAL!!! Black and/or White 1960’s attire. Mask and tiaras encouraged!

Cartier’s VIP Ticket
$200.00
****will not be available at the door.

Tiffany’s General Ticket
$75 online until September 19th
****$100 at the door.
Tiffany’s Ticket price includes wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres and a buffet in true Capote style.

Buy your tickets here!

The Black & White Party is a charitable event benefiting Other Options.

Sponsorship Opportunities:

  • Presenting Sponsor         $7,500
  • Capote Sponsor               $5,000
  • Warhol Sponsor               $2,500
  • Hepburn Sponsor             $1,000
  • Rat Pack Sponsor             $500

Must be at least 21 to attend.

Cellars Wine Club has a special offer for you this Mother’s Day while raising funds for Other Options, Inc. Use our Charity Code “GB0019” when making your wine gift purchase and we will receive 15% of the amount you spend. Tell your friends!

A huge thank you to our friends at Cellars Wine Club for this promotion and continued support of Pther Options, Inc.

Walk This Way Fashion Show is one of the largest fashion shows in Oklahoma. Each year, designers present their unique collections. Stay tuned for exciting announcements. Each ticket purchased goes toward supporting Other Options, Inc. Friends Food Pantry.

8th Annual Walk This Way Fashion Show

“Curtain Call”
Saturday, May 18, 2019
7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Oklahoma City Farmers Public Market – 311 S Klein Ave, OKC, OK 73108

Sponsorships: $1,250 – $5,000
VIP: 150
General Admission: $100

Ticket & Event Info: CLICK HERE!

Walk This Way Fashion Show After Party – Coming Soon!
“That’s A Wrap”
Saturday, May 18, 2019
11:00 PM – 2:00 AM
Power House Alley – 1228 SW 2nd Street, OKC, OK 73108
Ticket & Event Info: Coming Soon!

HEY OKC: Let’s Do Brunch.

What’s better than unlimited brunch bites and great drinks from the best restaurants and breweries in OKC? On April 7th, they’ll all be under one roof at the Oklahoma City Farmers Market. You don’t want to miss this event!

When: Sunday, April 7, 2019

Where: OKC Farmers Public Market – 311 S. Klein Ave

Time: 11:30am – 2:30PM

Check out our participating restaurants and drink sponsors below – more will be added soon!

 

Tickets are on sale now! (Must be 21+ to purchase and attend)
Get your tickets HERE!

 

We were so happy to present a check to Other Options, Inc. Friends Food Pantry after the 2018 OKC Santa Crawl!

To date, we’ve been able to donate $17,350 to local charities through these awesome events. A big THANK YOU to everyone who came out for a great cause!

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Another great local brewery has been added to The Hangover Brunch, COOP Ale Works!! ? So MANY reasons to make sure and buy tickets on Monday, February 11th!

So this begins today ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️It’s the night before we deliver/serve 1,000 meals in OKC! Our volunteers are amazing!

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