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Gracie Rule of Tulsa Named 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholar

U.S. Secretary of Education John King, on May 4, 2016, announced the selection of Gracie Rule of Tulsa, who attends Cascia Hall Preparatory School in Tulsa, as a 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholar. Rule is one of 160 outstanding American high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, artistic excellence, leadership, citizenship, service and contribution to school and community, as well as a demonstrated commitment to high ideals. The White House commission on Presidential Scholars, appointed by President Obama, selects honored scholars annually. The 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholars are comprised of one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and from U.S. families living abroad, as well as 15 chosen at-large, 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, and for the first time 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education. Since 1983, each Presidential Scholar has been offered the opportunity to name his or her most influential teacher. The teacher chosen for recognition by Rule was Sally Fenska of Cascia Hall Preparatory School in Tulsa.

Ryan Tom was the young man from OK that was named a 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholar. He attends Chisholm High School in Enid, OK.

The U.S. Presidential Scholars will be honored for their accomplishments in Washington D.C, from June 19-21.

Andy B’s

Summer Fun as it should be! Karting. Tagging. Gaming. Playing. Bowling. Fun.

SUMMER MADNESS runs Sunday thru Friday, Noon to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. It includes 2 Hours of UNLIMITED FUN at one LOW price! UNLIMITED Go Karts, Laser Tag, and Bowling for under $20 and your choice of Traditional Side or VIB & Shoe Rental is included.

Kids Bowl Free runs through August 29th. Two free games of bowling every day, all summer long! For more information visit

Graduation Celebrations

Dr. DJ & Lori Riner, proud parents and owners of Wink Optique, celebrated two graduations in May. Taylor Riner graduated from Regent Preparatory School on Thursday, May 19th and will be attending Brown University in the fall. Justin Riner graduated from Yale University, Monday, May 23rd and has been selected to serve as a team member with City Year Tulsa.

SILAS Program Turns Two

The SILAS Program at Hillcrest is Oklahoma’s only hospital-based perinatal palliative care program. Perinatal (which means around the time of birth) palliative care provides compassionate medical support to improve comfort and quality of life for terminally ill newborns. This time allows the family to embrace every moment of life together. A program celebrating its second year of offering support services for these special families was held with a ceremonial raising of the SILAS flag in front of the Peggy V. Helmerich Women’s Health Center.

While sometimes brief, every moment of life is precious and meaningful. Inspired by their first patient, baby Silas, the SILAS (Strongly Impacting Lives Against Suffering) Program at Hillcrest’s Peggy V. Helmerich Women’s Health Center is a perinatal palliative care program for parents who have received the devastating news that their unborn child has been diagnosed with an inoperable life-limiting condition. For more information on the SILAS Program at Hillcrest, visit

Saint Simeon’s to Celebrate 20th Annual Western Days

For 20 years, donors have generously supported Saint Simeon’s, Tulsa’s Senior Community, through the Western Days annual fundraiser. Western Days 2016: Decades of Compassion will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016 at Cox Business Center. Western Days 2016: Decades of Compassion will aptly celebrate the compassionate care that has been the hallmark of Saint Simeon’s over many decades.

Phyllis and George Dotson, Event Chairs and Saint Simeon’s Trustees, are rounding up the ranch hands for this year’s event, with Mandy and Blake Atkins, Executive Vice-Chairman of the Saint Simeon’s Home Board of Trustees, serving as Patron Chairs. Lisa and Tom Schooley, Saint Simeon’s Home Board Trustee, will serve as Auction Chairs. The Rt. Rev. Dr. Edward J. Konieczny and Lindsay Hurley Fick have been selected as Honorary Chairs.

This year, the Pioneer Spirit Award will be presented to Saint Simeon’s Resident John Brooks Walton. John is known locally as Tulsa’s most famous living architect and is author of several books, including One Hundred Historic Tulsa Homes.

Western Days 2016: Decades of Compassion hopes to build on past success featuring a marvelous Silent Auction, as well as the always entertaining Live Auction. The evening will feature the traditional General Store stocked with handmade items from Saint Simeon’s Residents and volunteers, and of course, a delicious dinner.

For more information about Western Days 2016, visit 
or call 918.794.1977.

Celebrity Attractions Announces 2016-2017 Broadway Season

“EXTRA! EXTRA! Read all about it!” Tulsa is in for “something rotten” in Celebrity Attractions’ 2016-2017 Broadway Season coming to the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. Get ready Tulsa, ‘cause here comes six fantastic national Broadway tours that will have audiences discovering their inner “elf,” daring to take a stand, and having the time of their lives! All Oklahoma premieres, Celebrity Attractions brings Disney’s new Tony® Award-winning musical NEWSIES, the Hollywood holiday hit ELF The Musical, the story behind the music in the record-breaking smash hit MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, the passionate romance and sensational dance spectacular DIRTY DANCING – THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE, Broadway’s big, fat hit in the musical comedy SOMETHING ROTTEN!, and the story of an extraordinary girl armed with a vivid imagination who dares to change her own destiny in the international award-winner MATILDA THE MUSICAL.

“This is a very exciting season packed with six big nationally touring Broadway shows coming for the first time on stage here in Tulsa!, said Ed. L. Payton, Celebrity Attractions CEO.

To guarantee great seats for all five nationally touring Broadway productions at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, become a Celebrity Attractions’ 2016-2017 Broadway Season Subscribers. Subscribers may opt to include MATILDA with their season package to secure their seats early! To become a Season Subscriber, call the Tulsa PAC Subscriber Hotline at 918.596.7109 or for more information visit