November 2017 Around Town 5

Congratulations! 2017 Top Tulsa Philanthropists Announced

Outstanding philanthropic leaders were announced by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Eastern Oklahoma Chapter. National Philanthropy Day (NPD) Chair Michelle Reagor said, “It is a privilege to reveal the names of those who we will honor for making our community a better place to live, work, and play.” Honorees will be recognized on Friday, November 3, 2017, during AFP’s NPD Conference and Awards Luncheon at Hard Rock Tulsa Convention Center. For details on this year’s honorees visit

Award Winners pictured L-R. Photo: Steven Michael Hall Photography

Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser: Tina Parkhill | Outstanding Philanthropist: Bank of Oklahoma | Outstanding Fundraising Executive: Lori A. Long, CFRE | Community Impact: Thomas K. McKeon, Ed.D. | Outstanding Diversity & Inclusion in Philanthropy: Oklahomans for Equality | Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy: Taylor King

Congratulations to the 2017 
Oklahoma Caring Award Winners

Oklahoma Caring Awards honor individual caregivers, businesses, and churches that have gone above and beyond to care for their loved ones, clients, employees, and community. “In times of crisis, Oklahomans have always been known for their spirit of caring for their communities, neighbors, and strangers,” says Toni Moore, President & CEO of Hospitality House. “Hospitality House is excited to recognize those in our state who exemplify this genuine standard of caring.” A full list of the top three finalists and award winners can be found on

Award Winners pictured L-R:

Pam Tiernan with Mark Tiernan DMD & Associates P.C. – Small Healthcare Award Winner  |  Kim Mayberry – Individual Caregiver Award Winner  |  Page Cole, Visiting Angels – Large Healthcare Company Award Winner  |  Michele Denton & Laura Lovett, Children’s Medical Charities Association – Small Business Award Winner  |  Phillip Villarreal, Church on the Move – Church Award Winner  |  Greg Simmons, Simmons Homes – Large Business Award Winner

Toyland Ball 2018

Save the Date! Toyland Ball will be held on January 20th, 2018 from 6-11:30 p.m. at the Cox Business Center. This black tie gala benefits The Parent Child Center. Event chairs, Carey and Brett Baker, are leading an enthusiastic volunteer committee to plan and host the event. Honorary chairs, Mayor GT and Susan Bynum are lending their advice and prestige. Go to for more info.


Check out the new Arduini’s Italian Market in The Farm Shopping Center, located at 51st and Sheridan! They’re right next door to Ted’s Pipe Shoppe, Ltd. It’s Tulsa’s very own authentic Italian market, owned and operated by Judy Trout. The food is as authentic as the woman who runs it. Judy offers everything from artichoke and spinach dips, specialty sauces, pesto, olives, cheeses, deli meats, pastas, raviolis, lasagna, jams, juices, marinated artichokes, veggies, garlic, ready-to-eat meals, and specialty desserts.

The Hamlet Returns to South Tulsa

Back by popular demand, The Hamlet, Oklahoma’s Original Honey Kissed Ham, returns to South Tulsa. Spiral cut hams and the holidays simply go hand-in-hand. It’s been a holiday tradition for the Tulsa community since the mid-80’s. “The Hamlet is back. Only better! We’re excited to invite Tulsa to our newly revamped, dine-in cafe. We’re serving some of our old favorites and introducing new ones as well. We think followers will be pleasantly surprised,” says restaurateur, Gordon Pendergraft. The Hamlet will continue to provide spiral-cut, honey kissed ham and smoked turkey by the order, all year long. You will also be able to dine-in and enjoy a full lunch menu including sandwiches, wraps, salads and delectable sides—all in a farmhouse chic atmosphere. The patio features a large fireplace and heated atmosphere for fall afternoon dining.


Another fabulous boutique just opened in The Farm Shopping Center at 51st and Sheridan. The Threaded Nest Boutique has everything from fun accessories, shoes, and this fall’s hottest apparel trends! This locally owned and operated boutique is full of unique items, so you won’t see yourself coming and going. “And we also offer cool, on-trend clothes in Plus sizes,” said owner Cynthia Dolbow. Open Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Sundays. Come on by…The Threaded Nest has a little something for everyone! Located on the corner next to B. C. Steakhouse.

El Rancho Grande Mexican 
Restaurant Announces Grand 
Opening of New Upstairs Cantina

El Rancho Grande is pleased to announce the grand opening of its new upstairs Cantina with bar, outdoor patio, and private meeting room.

Tacos & Tequila

The Tacos & Tequila bar boasts its own Mexican street food menu, including street tacos and enchiladas, Mexican shrimp cocktail, chicharrones, and a special weekly torta (Mexican sandwich). The bar has an impressive collection of (50) Tequilas and Mezcales, new signature drinks such as a Pina Colada, Paloma, Bloody Maria, and a spicy Jalapeno Loco, and a collection of exciting new margaritas.

Private Party Room

The private party room named the Tequila Room is a festive place for holiday parties, birthdays, rehearsal dinners, as well as corporate parties and charity events. It seats 40 guests for lunch or dinner or 50 guests for mix & mingle events.

About El Rancho Grande

A local favorite, El Rancho Grande Mexican Restaurant originally began in 1950 on Boulder between 6th and 7th and has been in its current location on Historic Route 66 since 1953. Known for its authentic recipes, generations of Tulsans keep coming back for “Tulsa’s Best” cheese enchiladas and margaritas. Other specialties include Chile Colorado, tamales, and the Night Hawk combo, named one of the Five Greatest Mexican Meals in the U.S. in Gustavo Arellano’s book, “Taco USA.”

From the historic neon sign that still adorns the entrance, to the long-time staff still serving its loyal regulars, owners and brothers John and Jeff Walden constantly strive to preserve the restaurant’s 64-year history. For more information, visit