Kevin Stitt, Tulsa businessman and Republican candidate for governor of Oklahoma

Friends and supporters gathered at Snug Harbor at Southern Hills to hear from mortgage company founder Kevin Stitt. Stitt is a political newcomer running as a conservative candidate in Oklahoma’s open governor’s race. To learn more about him visit

Hillcrest South First Responders Appreciation Lunch

On Thursday, Oct. 19, Hillcrest South hosted a tailgate themed luncheon to honor local first responders. This second annual event was a fun gathering to show appreciation for first responders, including members of local fire and police departments and ambulance services.

Visit The Market at Walnut Creek for that special, 
last minute holiday treasure.

Looking for the perfect centerpiece for the table or wreath for the door? The Market at Walnut Creek, located at 81st and Harvard, invites you to visit their beautiful 28,000 square foot showroom decorated from head to toe in unique, one of a kind holiday decorations. For information 918.492.3500 or

Giving Spirits was held October 27 for the 
Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma

Cain’s Ballroom was filled with Food Bank supporters who addressed the issue of hunger in our community. Honorary ambassadors were Mary and David Sherwood and Sid Smith. Patrons sampled over 80 whiskeys, attended seminars on whiskey making, enjoyed a whiskey inspired food menu prepared by Food Bank’s Executive Chef, Jeff Marlow, and desserts by Katy’s Pantry. 

November 2017 Around Town

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…

October 2017 Around Town

What good is sitting alone in your room? Come hear the music play; Life is a Cabaret, old Chum, Come to the Cabaret! Join Oklahoma Alliance for Animals on Friday, November 3, 2017 at Southern Hills Country Club for a special evening with NYC MAC award winners, KT Sullivan and Mark Nadler for the 12th annual Fur Ball Gala, “Tails…

Biscuit Acres renamed Benjamin’s Biscuit Acres 
 to honor John Benjamin

In a surprise presentation at Saint Simeons, Fellow Southside Rotary Club members, the Biscuit Acres Volunteer Association and key members of the City of Tulsa Parks Department presented John Benjamin with a banner depicting the new sign to be placed at the entrance of the Biscuit Acres Dog Park renaming the Park in his honor.

The White Party raises over $290,000 
for Family & Children’s Services

The White Party, one of Tulsa’s most unique fundraising events, celebrated its 10th year and raised $290,000 for Family & Children’s Services. This festive outdoor celebration set under the art deco skyline of Tulsa was held at The Vault and featured its popular 
white theme with craft cocktails and a Moroccan flair.

2017 Holland Hall Speakeasy Auction

On April 7, Holland Hall hosted a rip-roaring 1920s sockdollager at the 2017 Speakeasy Auction. Complete with a secret Patron side entrance, the Silo Event Center provided the perfect rustic venue for this traditional biennial fundraising event.

Don’t Bug Me 4-5 grade Poster Contest Winner Announced

For 13 years the Tulsa Health Department and Hillcrest HealthCare System have joined to educate Tulsa metro students on ways to stay healthy by protecting themselves from the flu and other communicable diseases. Don’t Bug Me is a fun campaign giving students tools to keep the spread of germs at a minimum.

Tulsa Town Hall Wraps up its 82nd Season

Since 1935 Tulsa Town Hall, a nonprofit organization, has hosted speakers who are diverse and provocative, as well as experts in their fields. Speakers for the upcoming season include Cpt Mark Kelly, Dr. Bennet Omalu, Laura Linney, Rudy Maxa and Piper Kerman.

Perfect Smile has Successful Dentistry from the Heart Event

April 21, Perfect Smile hosted their 4th annual Dentistry from the Heart. On this day, patients can get a free extraction, cleaning or filling. This year was a huge success and they were able to see over 100 patients, donating over 30k in free dentistry.

The Holland Hall Athletic Hall of Fame and Sports Banquet

The Dutch Athletic Hall of Fame recognizes Holland Hall alumni athletes. Hall of Fame inductees and student-athletes are honored together at an annual awards banquet designed to foster pride and preserve good sportsmanship and citizenship in the greater Holland Hall community.

Clarehouse Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

100 volunteers and guests attended a dinner in their honor at the Mike Fretz Event Center. Clarehouse is a home for the terminally ill. All services provided are completely free. Information regarding donations and volunteering is available at 
Photography Julie L. Mueller.

Metro Christian Academy Annual Dinner & Auction

Metro Christian Academy hosted their Annual Dinner and Auction on April 6th downtown at The Mayo Hotel. The event was a great success and they are looking forward to the opportunities their students and teachers will gain from the funds raised.

The Alzheimer’s Association 22nd Annual Tulsa Memory Gala surpassed it’s 2017 fundraising goal.

Alzheimer’s is a greedy, unforgiving disease. Jackie Kourie, Bob Thomas and Jeff Cope were celebrated for their leadership over the last decade. Through their leadership and the continued generosity of Tulsans, there has been a strong impact on changing the course of Alzheimer’s disease.

Supporters of the Food Bank enjoyed an incredible dining experience from the Justin Thompson Restaurant Group

Held at JTR's elegant 624 Kitchen & Catering location, the three-course dinner was paired with a hand-crafted whiskey cocktail created by Jared Jordan from MixCo. Whiskey was provided by Premium Beverages. The dinner was a compliment to Giving Spirits, a Whisky Tasting Experience held in October 2016.

LIFE Senior Services 21st annual Puttin’ on the Dog was held February 23rd

The event fuels the organization's mission of promoting and preserving independence for seniors. Today. Tomorrow. Always. Proceeds enable LIFE Senior Services to provide information, education and services to more than 28,000 seniors each year.

Street Party – Street School’s Annual Fundraiser

More than 400 people attended and danced to the music of Charlie Redd and the Full Flava Kings. The event raised more than $318,000 which helps provide support for at-risk students to overcome the odds and become high school graduates.

Architecture & Design Film Festival Heads to Tulsa

VisitTulsa, a division of the Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce, shared exciting news at a recent gathering. The Tulsa Foundation for Architecture will present the New York-based Architecture & Design Film Festival at the Circle Cinema, April 20-23.

The Parent Child Center’s Toyland Ball 2017, Journey to Oz, Set a Record-breaking Fundraising Event.

The 2017 Guardian Angel Award recipient was Judge Doris Fransein, Chief Judge, Juvenile Division. This award honors a person(s) for significant contributions of time, talent, and resources to further the mission of the center. The PCCT also honored retiring Executive Director, Desiree Doherty who has been Executive Director for 10 years.

What Happens when a Guy Who Designs Eyewear Becomes a Dad?

He creates a kids collection - that's what. Time for kids glasses to get cool. To show off the new, exclusive line of Jackson 
Rogers eyewear, a fun photo shoot was held at Eye Candy Eyewear. Participants included Scarlett, Sam, Sully, Emerson, Sofia, and Warner. Photos by Ace Cuervo.

Street School Celebrates Fundraising Success

Street School celebrated their successful Transforming Lives Fundraising Breakfast with a reception at the Cyntergy building in January. Planning committee members and volunteer table captains were gathered and a champagne toast was made when Executive Director, Lori McGinnis-Madland, Ed.D., announced that their tireless efforts raised $102,000.

Blue Sky Bank Partners with the Salvation Army and the Tulsa Air National Guard to Deliver Christmas Gifts to Area Children

Gentner Drummond, principal owner of Blue Sky Bank and a former fighter pilot says, “I know it’s a special treat for the children and their families; but speaking on behalf of everyone at Blue Sky, we feel very blessed to be able to join with the Salvation Army and the Air National Guard to help make this event happen.”

November AWARE (Alliance of Women for Alzheimer’s Research and Education) Luncheon

Over 300 women gathered to learn more about Alzheimer's and services available through the Alzheimer's Association. Dayna Steele was the guest speaker; she lost her mother to Alzheimer's. Dayna chronicled their journey in her book, "Surviving Alzheimer's with Friends, Facebook, and a Really Big Glass of Wine". For future women's events, contact Diane Powell at 918.392.5002 or

BMX Race Benefits Local Oklahoma Chapter of 
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

BMX recently held a race in Tulsa on November 26th to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). The riders and organization raised more than $244,759 to benefit the work of LLS. Tulsa board member and leukemia survivor Bill Everett attended the event.

Titan LaCrosse Tournament

Titan Lacrosse's Competitive Boys JV team won the championship cup from the November 19-20 Lone Star Shootout Tournament, held in Lewisville, TX. "These players have come so far in the past three months since launching Titan Lacrosse," said Head Coach Trevor Wolf. For more information, visit

31st Annual Holland Hall Cross Country Invitational

On September 17, 2016, Holland Hall welcomed over 1,000 spectators and 995 finishers to the 31st Annual Holland Hall Cross Country Invitational, the largest on-campus cross country race in the region. Thank you to the volunteers and athletes for a tremendous event!

Street School Receives $5K from OneGas

Founded in 1973, Street School is a non-profit alternative high school that is a national model for helping at-risk youth. “We are proud to support educational programs" said OneGas community relations manager, Chris Phillips. “Education affects every aspect of our community."

The Tulsa Toy Depot & Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Block Party was a huge success

On October 16th, over 600 people enjoyed the beautiful weather and multiple children's activities at the annual block party. KXOJ DJ's entertained the children, Curbside Comfort food truck provided an array of food, and bouncy slides, fun houses, face painting and much, much more made for a fun event.

Giving Spirits

The Food Bank’s third annual Giving Spirits was held on October 15, 2016, turning whiskey into food. Guests enjoyed music, great food, riveting seminars and a wide assortment of fine spirits from distillers from around the globe, all in the historic Cain’s Ballroom.

Saint Simeon’s announces Western Days 2016: Decades of Compassion was a Success!

Sept. 13, marked the 20th annual milestone benefitting the privately managed, nonprofit, senior living community that is home to men and women of all faiths. More than 700 people attended.

Runway Tulsa; national, local and student talent for a week of fashion and arts events with a philanthropic purpose.

Runway Tulsa kicked off September 14th with media night benefiting Make-A-Wish Foundation and ended the 18th with a grand runway finale featuring top designers from all over the country.

Painting Memories

The Painted Lyon and Gifted Custom Art combined forces to raise money for The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Broken Arrow. The Painted Lyon, a paint and sip studio, is located at 307 S Main St in Broken Arrow. Gifted Custom Art uses cutting edge technology to transform photos into custom paint-by-number canvases. The studio was packed with…

Around Town

Disney Theatrical Productions and Celebrity Attractions brings the highly anticipated national Broadway tour of Disney’s NEWSIES to Tulsa. The Tony® Award-winning production premieres at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center for a limited engagement of eight performances only September 13-18.

A Weekend Fit for a King

The Center Polo Classic, a unique fundraising event for The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges, was held June 24th & 25th. The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges has been serving individuals with physical disabilities for 59 years in Tulsa.

Chefs Club hosted by the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma was held June 1

Chefs Club was led by Food Bank Executive Chef, Jeff Marlow. Chefs Barry Jarvis, Devin Levine, Jonathan Moosmiller and Trevor Tack, volunteered their time to fashion innovative food and wine pairings for a beautiful patron gathering.

Empty Bowls Hunger Awareness Dinner

The Empty Bowls Hunger Awareness Dinner was held April 26th. The event is the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma’s annual event for raising funds and awareness to fight hunger in our community. We were still able to draw over 1,000 supporters and raised more than our goal of 2 million meals.

“Don’t Bug Me” Campaign Poster Contest Winners

The “Don’t Bug Me” campaign, a partnership of Hillcrest HealthCare System and the Tulsa Health Department for over a decade, educates the community on flu and other communicable disease prevention.

The 5th Annual CANdlelight Ball was held April 23 at the historic Mayo Hotel.

It was a magical evening in the woods. Over $250,000 was raised for the Child Abuse Network, Inc. (CAN). Annually, approximately 1 in 14 children is involved in a child abuse investigation in Tulsa County. CAN stops the hurt and begins the healing for these children! Photography, Ace Cuervo Photography.

Juliette Low Leadership Society Luncheon

The Juliette Low Leadership Society serves as a visible advocacy group that raises funds to support the Girl Scout Leadership Experience in eastern Oklahoma and provides a conduit for raising awareness about the cultivation of a new generation of women leaders through Girl Scouts.

2016 National Food Bank Conference

The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma hosted the national Community Kitchen Conference, April 7th & 8th. Food bank chefs from across the country arrived to observe and learn about the first Mobile Eateries in the country.

Tulsa Foundation for Architecture Appreciation Soiree

The Tulsa Foundation for Architecture hosted a membership appreciation soiree in mid-April at the newly remodeled McBirney Mansion, the home of Wendy and Gentner Drummond. This 16,000 square foot Gothic Revival-style home overlooking the Arkansas River was built on three acres in 1928 for James H. McBirney. TFA members and sponsors enjoyed a personal tour of the home by designer…

The Evening of the Arts & Intrigue

On April 16, Holland Hall celebrated members of the Schureman Circle Giving Society at a ’20s-themed murder-mystery donor appreciation party, The Evening of the Arts & Intrigue, was held at the Tulsa Historical Society.

Erdos At Home Grand Opening

Erdos at Home celebrated their Grand Opening event at The Farm Shopping Center. John Erdos, CEO and Creative Director, was on hand to launch their new concept with store manager Kristi White. John Erdos has years of experience in the home furnishing business and has designed pieces for celebrities like Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon.

Friends of Saint Simeon’s enjoyed a splendid evening at The Polo Grill.

"A Grand Evening", held March 20th, was a special fundraiser in which patrons donated a grand to go towards new beds in the Memory Center. Chef Robert Merrifield, Trustee, Saint Simeon’s Foundation, and his team at The Polo Grill prepared a delicious meal for the 28 attendees. In total, the event raised $35,100.

Cascia Hall First Alumni Networking Breakfast Held March 9th

All Cascia alumni working, living, or visiting in the Tulsa area were invited to meet area alumni, network with business leaders, and learn about new developments at Cascia Hall and in the Tulsa community. Mike Neal and Roger Carter, Headmaster at Cascia, were the speakers. Plans are being made for future networking breakfasts.

Life’s Puttin’ on the Dog

Life Senior Services celebrated 20 years of Puttin' on the Dog. The Platinum Party, was held February 11th at the Cox Business Center. More than 400 friends and supporters of LIFE Senior Services attended the event.

Tulsa Memory Gala March 26th

The Tulsa Memory Gala mixes elegance and fun with philanthropy and passion. It is a chance to connect community leaders and philanthropists to those directly affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

Around Town

Benjamin Zander will speak at Tulsa Town Hall on March 11 and conduct the Tulsa Symphony on March 12. Benjamin Zander is the conductor of The Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and a guest conductor around the world. With London's famed Philharmonia Orchestra he is recording the complete cycle of Mahler symphonies, recordings that have been…