The TulsaPeople 25 Award-winning volunteers
Tulsa is known for being a philanthropic community, and here is the proof. We recognize 25 of Tulsa’s top volunteers. Let these community helpers inspire your giving spirit this holiday season.
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2010 Council for Resource Development Benefactor Award (one of 10 nominees throughout the U.S. and Canada)
Organization served: Tulsa Community College Foundation
Her impact: Barnett’s relationship with TCC began in 1975 when she taught nursing courses at the college. She became a member of the TCC Foundation board in 2002 and has since served in a variety of roles, from committee chair to board chair. She and her husband, Howard, have donated nearly $186,000 to TCC for scholarships, special projects and operating costs. In 2006, the Barnetts commissioned a 30-foot, $40,000 glass artistic centerpiece as part of TCC’s Health Sciences and Biotechnology Learning Center campaign. A fabrication of the Barnetts’ DNA, the sculpture now sits in TCC’s biotechnology facility, built during the campaign.
Why her: “Billie has a laser-like focus on making an important contribution to every organization she commits her time to as a volunteer. She is extremely effective, while at the same time being the kind of person everyone would want to work with, spend time with and support. She has been an inspiration to our foundation and to our staff and we feel fortunate that our students have benefited from her incredible energy, intelligence and giving spirit.” — Lauren Brookey, vice president of external affairs, Tulsa Community College
2010 Leadership Tulsa Paragon Award winner
Organization served: Tulsa Boys’ Home. He has served as treasurer, vice chair and chairman of the board of directors, as well as on various committees.
His impact: Buntz has helped secure sponsors for Tulsa Boys’ Home (TBH) fundraisers including the Run for the Roses and Golf Classic. He also helped to successfully complete a $3.7 million Vision 2000 campaign in conjunction with an $11.6 million grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, which helped rebuild the TBH campus. Buntz continues to serve as a member of the TBH endowment committee, which oversees the management of the TBH endowment investments portfolio.
Why him: “Through his ongoing efforts to raise funds that support bringing neglected boys onto the campus of TBH, Mark has not only allowed many boys to enter the agency for treatment but has raised the public’s awareness of TBH’s mission among dozens of corporations, businesses, foundations and individuals in the community. During his service on the TBH board, Tulsa Boys’ Home also received national accreditation through the Council on Accreditation headquartered in New York City.” — Gregg Conway, executive director, Tulsa Boys’ Home
2010 honoree, Kohl’s Kids Who Care scholarship program
Organization served: Meals 4 PawStarz, the pet food project of Meals on Wheels. On the third Saturday of each month, KatyAnn helps deliver pet food to the companions of home-bound persons served by Meals on Wheels.
Her impact: KatyAnn — along with her parents — has delivered pet food to ensure the health and well-being of pets whose owners often have difficulty providing for them because they are home-bound and/or disabled. KatyAnn has also helped to encourage groups, such as her 4H group, to do special projects, including making holiday gifts for the pets and collecting food.
Why her: “KatyAnn is a young person who is a shining example of how even the young can make a difference. Her enthusiasm, kindness and compassion are exemplary. She can be a wonderful inspiration to other young people and a wonderful inspiration to us all on how to pitch in to make our community better.” — Dan Rabovsky, executive director, Meals on Wheels of Metro Tulsa
2010 President’s Call to Service Gold Award winner
Organization served: Grace Hospice of Oklahoma LLC. Farmer provides companionship and emotional support in her visits to hospice patients, relief and bereavement support to caregivers, administrative help in the Grace office, assistance with special activities and events, and supportive friendship to the Grace staff.
Her impact: Farmer is authentic and represents Grace Hospice proudly. One of her early patient assignments was to provide caregiver relief for a homebound patient. This led Farmer, on her own, to enroll in and complete home health aide training so she could be more skilled in helping her patients.
Why her: “This gentle, unassuming lady is an inspiration to all she meets and she approaches all with friendship and compassion. Her quiet ministry and desire to be of service benefits everyone whose paths she crosses. We are indeed fortunate that Vena Farmer found her way to Grace Hospice.” — Meg Carson, volunteer coordinator, Grace Hospice
2010 President’s Call to Service Lifetime Award recipient
Organization served: The Parent Child Center of Tulsa. Graham began volunteering in 1993 as an assistant in the business office. She collected all service data for the adult treatment program and entered the data into the agency client database.
Her impact: Graham has contributed more than 4,455 hours of volunteer service over 17 years. Her work enabled The Parent Child Center to claim $1,833,793 from The Department of Human Services for services provided by agency therapists and case managers. Her service allowed paid staff to focus on their responsibilities.
Why her: “Betty was known to be an early arriver at the office and was usually hard at work long before other staff arrived. New employees usually assumed Betty was also an employee due to her dedication. She was presented with a framed certificate stating, ‘Volunteer who looks most like an employee.’ Betty continued to volunteer in a most professional and conscientious way even when health issues made it more difficult. Betty finally ‘retired’ in 2010 at the age of 83.” — Carol Sartin, volunteer coordinator, The Parent Child Center of Tulsa