Volunteer Spotlight: Mary McMahon
Tulsa Hub’s Golden Gear Award winner
Ren Barger, Tulsa Hub executive director; Ed McDonald, Silver Spoke Award honoree; and Mary McMahon, Golden Gear Award honoree, are pictured outside of the J L Rucker Warehouse, the site of Tulsa Hub’s Spokeasy fundraiser on April 23. Artists such as Jennifer Palmer have crafted silent auction items from bicycle parts.
Bicycling is a favorite pastime for many Tulsans. Tulsa Hub, founded in 2008 by Ren Barger, is the only Oklahoma nonprofit providing certified bicycling-for-transportation education, refurbished bicycles, safety gear and follow-up support to Tulsans in poverty and those with mental disabilities.
“The Hub” is gearing up for its April 23 Spokeasy fundraiser, which will honor two Tulsans, including Mary McMahon, one of The Hub’s earliest supporters.
Years involved with Tulsa Hub: Seven
Tulsa Hub’s mission: “To change lives through cycling, through human power made visible.”
Give us three reasons you volunteer. I took a break from volunteering for three years or so, and I realized that I was becoming self-centered and lacked a sense of purpose. Once I got back into community service, I felt great. I enjoy working with all the different people who are also volunteering, and I enjoy being appreciated for my efforts. Tulsa has so many people working in the background that deserve awards; I share my Spokeasy Golden Gear Award with all of them.
April 23 — Spokeasy
6:30-9 p.m. J L Rucker Warehouse, 1227 S. Detroit Ave. Music, dancing, dinner, libations and silent auction of hand-made art pieces by local celebrity artisans. $50, individuals ($40 for members); $2,000-$3,000, tables. Benefits Tulsa Hub. Contact Pat Kroblin, 918-260-7680 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.tulsahub.org.