Saint Simeon’s Reflects on Two Decades of Fundraising
This year, Saint Simeon’s Senior Community celebrates 20 years of a fundraiser that has become a tradition for many Tulsa families: Western Days. Over the past two decades, this Western-themed event has raised funds for several special projects, such as memory center renovations and a new physical therapy room, and has supported the operations of Saint Simeon’s, including helping to provide a highly trained and experienced nursing team, magnificently landscaped courtyards, an on-site therapy dog and even a family of colorful peacocks.
Western Days 2016: Decades of Compassion will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at Cox Business Center. The event will aptly celebrate the compassionate care that has been the hallmark of Saint Simeon’s, a mission of the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma, over the past 56 years.
Event Chairs Phyllis and George Dotson chose the theme “Decades of Compassion” for this year’s event. “’Decades of Compassion’ is the hallmark of Saint Simeon’s, so it’s a very fitting theme for this year’s Western Days,” said Phyllis Dotson. “George and I have witnessed since the beginning of our involvement with Saint Simeon’s that compassion – the ultimate love – is a calling from staff members and Trustees so that the Residents in the eventide of their lives and their families are totally supported and feel outstanding care.”
Western Days has thrived over the years thanks to the support of committed families.
“We’ll often have three generations of family members at Western Days – the Residents, their children and grandchildren,” said Phyllis Dotson.
Western Days has grown from a couple hundred people gathered under a tent in the Saint Simeon’s parking lot to an event that draws over 700 people annually. In 2009, Western Days outgrew the Saint Simeon’s grounds and relocated to Central Park Hall at EXPO Square. This year, attendees of Western Days look forward to a new venue: Cox Business Center.
“Western Days has grown because it’s a casual Western celebration that appeals to a broad spectrum of incredibly loyal attendees who love Saint Simeon’s,” Phyllis Dotson said. “We now have nearly 100 volunteers who help make the event a big success.”
Phyllis and George Dotson are joined by Mandy and Blake Atkins, Executive Vice-Chairman of the Saint Simeon’s Home Board of Trustees, who are serving as Patron Chairs. Lisa and Tom Schooley, Saint Simeon’s Trustee, are serving as Auction Chairs.
This year, Western Days will celebrate two special people as Honorary Chairs. The Right Rev. Dr. Edward J. Konieczny will be celebrated for 10 years as the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma. Saint Simeon’s is also honoring him for his leadership as Chairman of the Board for Saint Simeon’s Home and Foundation.
Lindsay Hurley Fick will also be celebrated for her decade as President and CEO of Saint Simeon’s.
This year, the Pioneer Spirit Award will be presented to Saint Simeon’s beloved Resident John Brooks Walton. Walton is known as Tulsa’s most famous living architect and is author of several books, including One Hundred Historic Tulsa Homes. Most recently, Walton’s skill of painting has been a growing passion, and dozens of his paintings line the walls of his apartment and a dining room at Saint Simeon’s.
Western Days 2016: Decades of Compassion will feature a marvelous Silent Auction, as well as the always entertaining Live Auction. The evening will include a delicious dinner and the traditional General Store stocked with handmade items from Saint Simeon’s Residents, staff and volunteers.
“The staff is involved by making baked goods and other items, and the Residents work year-round to make crafts for the General Store,” said Phyllis Dotson. “We appreciate that the Residents and staff are contributing to the success of Western Days.”
Saint Simeon’s has captured the hearts of hundreds of Tulsa families over the years. Nestled on 50 acres in Tulsa four miles from downtown, Saint Simeon’s boasts incredible wildlife and landscaping. Year round, the 180 Residents of Saint Simeon’s can enjoy watching peafowl, Simone the Golden Retriever, turtles and koi in the courtyards. Additionally, Saint Simeon’s title as a continuing care retirement community means that its residents have access to every level of care – Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Nursing Care and Skilled Nursing.
“Exciting plans are underway for Western Days 2016, and this promises to be our best event yet,” Phyllis Dotson said.