Chelsea Holloway’s latest philanthropic endeavor, Have a Snack on Us-Lubbock, began with her chance encounter with a hungry homeless man.
Having a conversation with Chelsea Holloway is an unanticipated infusion of motivation to help others and have fun doing it. “Be the change” is her maxim and her life reflects it.
She graduated early to enroll in the commercial music program at South Plains College, but live music and helping others is her brand.
“Having fun and experiencing Lubbock’s amazingly talented musicians, and all the while helping people? For me, that’s the perfect combination for happiness,” she said.
Without fear, she leaped into business at age 19, establishing a music promotions company, Travelling Zoo Productions. Being the emcee at Einstein’s open jam eventually led Holloway to serve as an event coordinator for various groups. Her efforts of 20 years garnered her the nickname “Charity Chelsea.” She readily admits the secret to her success is that she’s a bit of a talker and natural-born sales person, a skill developed as a marketing advisor for six radio stations in 10 years.
Holloway’s initial splash into community fundraising involved Greenfest, an event created to raise money for SPC music scholarships honoring the life of Daniel Green. She continued with Woodystock, which combined Lubbock’s live music community and support for child burn victims. Fallen Riders Memorial Fund followed; inspired by Jim Dickens’ fatal motorcycle accident, the fund assisted victims’ families with funeral or medical costs.
Holloway’s latest philanthropic endeavor, Have a Snack on Us-Lubbock, began with her chance encounter with a hungry homeless man. While driving home with the leftovers of her favorite meal, she witnessed a man with a sign that desperately proclaimed “Hungry.” She wanted to save those leftovers for another meal, but she felt compelled to give it to the hungry man. Afterward, she contemplated the possibility of carrying bags of non-perishables in her car to give to Lubbock’s hungry. She immediately posted a request on Facebook, asking friends to donate $5 a month to make snacks to disseminate on the street.
The response was overwhelming and Have a Snack on Us—Lubbock was born. You can read more about this by visiting the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Haveasnackonuslubbock/ Periodically, she asks 20 people to donate $5. Holloway and team then assemble 50 snack bags. Her philosophy is ask people to help, but keep it small, so they realize they hold the power to help others on their own.
“Anyone can make a difference, even if it’s just a little bit at a time,” she said. “Lubbock’s people want to help, they just need a leader sometimes.”
Holloway’s latest venture is Social Butterfly Marketing, a combination of her passions and experience. SBM manages social media and advertising for businesses, event coordination, and emcee services. Read more on Facebook at Social Butterfly Marketing Lubbock. SBM allows her to continue supporting Lubbock’s live music and fulfills her life’s mantra, “Be the Change.”
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By Carol Morgan