Notebook: February 2015
Topics of interest to Tulsans
The McCullough family: Elle, Leonard, Caleb, Jennie and Ian.
Courtesy Leonard McCullough
From the heart
Leonard and Jennie McCullough have been involved in many charitable causes, but their roles as co-chairs of the 2015 Tulsa Heart Ball are perhaps the most meaningful because of their family’s experience with heart disease.
The annual event benefits the American Heart Association, which helps fund life-saving research and education about the No. 1 killer of men and women.
The couple’s 7-year-old daughter, Elle, was born with heart conditions that require surgical repairs. In addition to several heart catheterizations, she had open-heart surgery at 5 months old and will undergo at least one more.
Although Elle’s disorder is not yet preventable, Leonard says many forms of heart disease are. Research continues to improve techniques for prevention and treatment, he says. For example, many adult heart repairs can now be made intravenously.
“We’re hopeful they’ll be able to do that with kids soon,” he says.
Elle’s eighth birthday is just days before the Heart Ball. You can bet her parents will be celebrating it again at the event, which Leonard calls “one of the best parties in Tulsa.”
Feb. 7 — 2015 Tulsa Heart Ball
Event kicks off with 5:30 p.m. VIP party and silent auction, followed by live entertainment, dinner, a live auction and dancing. Exchange Center at Expo Square, 4145 E. 21st St. Semi-formal Western attire. $250, tickets; $2,500, tables of 10. Benefits the American Heart Association. Call Liz Neas, 918-877-8361, or visit www.tulsaheartball.heart.org.
— A Tulsa Public Schools teacher on why their school adopted a fifth-grade colonial history curriculum developed by the National Society of Colonial Dames of America. Ten TPS schools and Monte Cassino have implemented the interdisciplinary curriculum, according to Tulsan Anne Burlingame, chairwoman of the committee raising money to expand the curriculum’s reach into all TPS elementary schools.
Take them to Tulsa
The New York Times recently ranked Tulsa No. 47 on its list of “52 Places to Go in 2015.” Impressively, T-Town is sandwiched between Shanghai and Rome.
The brief applauds Tulsa’s “Deco downtown,” including the Brady Arts District’s current and future museums, as well as The Gathering Place, one of the largest public park projects in the country.
Pictured: The Brady Arts District.
Tulsan Olivia Jordan Thomas, former Miss Beverly Hills, was recently crowned Miss Oklahoma USA and will represent her home state at the Miss USA Pageant in June. She also will appear in a major motion picture, “Hot Tub Time Machine 2,” which releases Feb. 20 nationwide.