August 2015 Around Town

THUNDER ANNOUNCES COACHING STAFF

Recently, the Oklahoma City Thunder named Monty Williams, Maurice Cheeks and Anthony Grant as assistant coaches and Billy Schmidt as quality control coach. They join assistants Mark Bryant and Darko Rajakovic, shooting coach Adam Harrington and Vin Bhavnani, who’s returning as manager of advance scouting/player development.

“I’m really excited about the vast experience that this staff will bring to our team,” Donovan says. “The opportunity to bring these coaches together will help us work towards our goal of having a defensive identity, sharing the ball and playing efficiently on both ends. The group delivers an incredible set of individual skills, knowledge and background to the table, and I believe that the impact of their collective efforts will be very beneficial as we continue to build the tradition of the Thunder.”

Williams joins the Thunder after spending five seasons as the head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans from 2010-2015. This past year, he guided the Pelicans to their first playoff berth since the 2010-11 season. Williams also serves as an assistant coach with the USA Men’s National Team.

Cheeks, who spent four seasons on the Thunder bench from 2009-2013, returns to OKC after serving as the head coach of the Detroit Pistons during the 2013-14 season.

Grant arrives in OKC after serving as the head coach of the University of Alabama’s men’s basketball program from 2009-2015. Grant also served as assistant coach under Donovan at Florida from 1996-2006.

Schmidt comes to the Thunder after spending last season as Donovan’s assistant at Florida. Prior to that, Schmidt was an assistant coach at Georgia Tech for three seasons (2011-14).

CELEBRATING THE JOURNEY AND REAPING THE REWARDS

There was an abundance of cheering and applause last spring in the college counseling office at Cascia Hall as seniors received scholarship offers for college totaling $9 million. Many parents were elated as well and grateful as they realized a substantial return on investment in their students’ academic future. College counselors and faculty joined the celebration of the successful journey and overall accomplishments of the Class of 2015, all of whom will attend college.

In the last five years, Cascia Hall seniors have been offered an average of $8.6 million in merit based scholarships.  For the 93 graduates this year, the average award offered from more than 100 colleges and universities was approximately $300,000.  A complete list of college acceptances and choices for the Class of 2015 can be found at CasciaHall.org/college.

One graduate, Thomas Heinrich, was one of 30 recipients worldwide of the all-expenses-paid Congress-Bundestag Scholarship. Thomas will spend a year in Germany focusing on languages, education, international affairs, and government through cultural and linguistic immersion.

Thomas credits the Cascia Hall environment and dedicated faculty and staff for helping him achieve his academic and professional goals.

“The smaller class sizes at Cascia Hall allowed me to develop professional relationships with my teachers. There was genuine attention given to me as an individual,” he comments. “The guidance and mentoring I received were some of the most beneficial aspects of my Cascia Hall experience.”

PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR NORTH TULSA LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

Leadership Tulsa is eager to announce that The North Tulsa Development Council has undergone a significant transformation and is now LEAD North! LEAD North is designed to ensure participants are gaining the experience necessary to Lead, Explore And Develop. This change emphasizes the initial focus of providing participants with the knowledge, skills and connections to enact leadership within the north Tulsa community. LEAD North simply pushes this target further to: Place a higher priority on skill development, accommodate schedules better for working individuals and provide increased coaching opportunities from community leaders. LeadershipTulsa.org.

TASTE OF BROOKSIDE

Who has the Best Dish on Brookside? You be the judge! Join Youth Services of Tulsa Thursday, August 13 for a fun night on the town with your friends. Sample unique, delectable dishes from all your favorite restaurants on Brookside.

The night kicks off at 6 p.m. with a wine reception at Pohlenz Cucine Moderne, located at 3402 S. Peoria. Then stroll along Brookside for a tasting at each of their 15 participating restaurants. When you’re finished, vote for the Best Dish on Brookside! Tastings close at 10 p.m.

A new treat this year will be that several restaurants will be offering a free mini-cocktail or creative shot in addition to their dish. Sample them all and vote on your favorite for Best Drink on Brookside!

Advance tickets are $50/each and tickets at the door are $55/each. Must be 21 years or older to participate.

For a list of participating restaurants and additional details, go to YST.org.

WILD BREW

If you’ve heard of Wild Brew before, you know it’s a terrific time in support of an internationally recognized, nonprofit conservation organization. Funds from the event underwrite ambitious educational projects such as the bald eagle nest web cam, an exciting statewide live bird school program and the Sutton Natural History Forum and scholarship program. These activities teach kids the importance of native birds to our ecosystem in a way that’s fun, meaningful and consistent with Oklahoma school standards. You can take part in this legendary Tulsa event by purchasing a ticket and attending or becoming a sponsor.

The Sutton Center was founded in 1983 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding cooperative conservation solutions for birds and the natural world through science and education. In 1997 the Center affiliated with the University of Oklahoma through the Oklahoma Biological Survey in the College of Arts and Sciences. Our biologists and governing board strive to protect natural resources and environments where birds live and breed. Through their efforts, the Center has become an internationally recognized leader in avian conservation.

Wild Brew will take place Saturday, August 22 at the Cox Business Center inside Exhibit Halls B and C. Tickets for general admission are $70/each. For tickets, visit WildBrew.org.

WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.  This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s disease, the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s unites the Tulsa community – participants that include family, friends, co-workers, social and religious groups and more – in a display of combined strength and dedication in the fight against this devastating disease.

When you participate in Walk, your fundraising dollars fuel our mission-related initiatives of care, support and research. Your actions, both through fundraising and participation, help to change the level of Alzheimer’s awareness in your community. Take the first step to a world without Alzheimer’s by heading out to Guthrie Green on August 22. TulsaWalk.org.

BOOTS AND BOWTIES 2015

Dust off your cowboy boots and head over to the 7th Annual Boots and Bowties for a night of entertainment at Cain’s Ballroom. Support cancer patients treating in the Tulsa area with non-medical expenses such as rent, utilities, child care and groceries.

Dinner, dancing and complimentary parking will be available. You can register online or call 918.286.5699 for details and must RSVP by Friday, August 14.

‘A Night of Mystery and Mayhem’ event will be Friday, August 28 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $125/each.