Oprah Winfrey came to Plano last night for the 10th Annual Feed Just One Gala presented by Minnie’s Food Pantry. Everyone who attended walked away with clear skin, five years added to their lives and better fashion sense.
It was a star-studded night geared toward feeding the hungry and celebrating the legacy of Minnie Ewing, the namesake of Minnie’s Food Pantry which has distributed more than seven million meals in 10 years to our community. Overall, donations included $1.3 million, countless volunteer hours, a house renovation, a full scholarship for Cheryl and much, much more.
First, a recap on how this miracle happened: Cheryl “Action” Jackson has long cited Oprah as one of her main sources of inspiration. She appeared on Oprah’s show, but kept up a friendship with the persistence only Cheryl “Action” Jackson has. To hear Oprah tell it, Cheryl direct messaged her nonstop for eight years.
In the words of Mark Burnett, also in attendance with his wife and Touched by an Angel star Roma Downey, “Cheryl is a woman of action.” This year, Burnett and Downey were honored with the Minnie Ewing Legacy Award for their support of the pantry.
Guests also included boxing legend Floyd Mayweather, NFL hall of famer Emmitt Smith with his wife, Pat, actress Brely Evans and talented artists like Israel Houghton, Donnie McClurkin and Kenny Lattimore.
“We spent a lot of days standing at the food pantry trying to get a hot meal. So it’s something that’s very near and dear to my heart and Lord bless me to be a blessing to others,” former Major League baseball player Torii Hunter said, attending with his wife Victoria.
“I am here because Cheryl makes a resounding sound that you must answer the call,” Hollywood actress Brely Evans said. “I want to be a part of the give. We’re going to raise a lot of money tonight. Everyone is here to feed someone.”
But everyone was really there for Oprah. Cheryl called us out on it. “I know you’re here for Oprah because you weren’t here last year!”