Lives well lived

A tribute to the lives and accomplishments of 28 notable Tulsans.



Carl “Uncle Zeb” Bartholomew

 

May 27, 1932-Aug. 18, 2009
Television personality, movie director, writer  
“The amazing thing about Carl was that he brought out the best in everyone he worked with. No matter who you were or what your job was, you wanted to give your best for Carl. He was this big, magnetic personality and you just couldn’t resist. … I think the most important thing I learned from Carl was something we never even talked about. It was something he just quietly demonstrated day after day. He showed me how it was possible to be the absolute best at what you do and still treat people with kindness and respect. But there was more to it than that. There was this quiet Christian witness. He didn’t tell you about his faith or his love for his family. He didn’t have to. It was always there for you to see.”
— Doug Crain, friend and former co-worker


“Uncle Zeb” Bartholomew and sidekick “Uncle Zac” (Kent Doll) entertained Tulsa area youngsters on KTUL-TV’s “Uncle Zeb’s Cartoon Camp” and reprised the role on cable television.
 

William “Bill” Bowen

 

March 21, 1930-April 17, 2009
Owner, Brownie’s Hamburgers

“Bill came up the hard way, left home at 16 and came to Tulsa, where he begged for a dishwashing job at another hamburger place, Troy’s. He was a very generous person; he had a heart of gold and just loved people and kids. One time the St. John cardiovascular committee asked him to serve a meal for an event. They asked what he would charge. I told him if he were smart, he’d do it for nothing. He went back and said he wouldn’t charge for it. The Mabee Foundation had provided a challenge grant of $700,000; Bill’s meal helped bring in a crowd that brought in another $900,000. One time, for a Cystic Fibrosis function, he donated a Brownie’s (group) meal that he planned to serve at the restaurant with tablecloths and fine china. He decided he didn’t want to do that, so he bought it back.”
— Ed Mondor, longtime friend and current owner of Brownie’s

Darven Brown

 

May 22, 1925-April 11, 2009
Former Tulsa city attorney, Tulsa Development Authority attorney

“Darven was probably the wisest man I ever knew. And he was also profoundly moral in a way that we rarely see nowadays. I still frequently quote his sayings about people and life. He had a wry way of pointing out important principles, things like, ‘If we all got what we deserved, we would have a lot less.’ Or, ‘Those who have power, have power ... but those who have both power and humility have power magnified many times over.’ Despite his great influence on public policy over many years in Tulsa, I never was aware of anything he sought or advocated that benefited him personally. For Darven, politics was always about the public good, not personal benefit. He lived a life of public service that embodied the ideals of American democracy. For our country’s sake, I hope we have more like him coming down the path.”
— Rodger Randle, director, Center for Studies in Democracy and Culture, University of Oklahoma; former mayor of Tulsa

Robert “Bob” Chitwood

 

Oct. 2, 1930-May 27, 2009
Retired president and CEO, Cities Service; chair, Tulsa Port of Catoosa Port Authority  

“Bob served on the Port Authority board for 16 years and during that time was elected to three one-year terms as chairman. His extensive background in the oil and gas industry proved invaluable in the port’s negotiations with new and expending energy-related firms.”
— Bob Portiss, director, Port of Catoosa

Jane Carmichael Everitt

 

Feb. 20, 1938-Nov. 19, 2009
Co-founder, Gilbert & Sullivan Society (Light Opera Oklahoma)  

“She left us a long legacy of teaching students not only voice, but grace and manners and how to be a graceful person.”
— Eric Gibson, executive director, LOOK

 

Larry Dalton

 

April 24, 1946-May 30, 2009
Musician, conductor, composer

“As a musician, Larry exhibited incredible musical ability, not only in classical music but also in improvisations and arrangements of worship music, secular music and eventually those improvised medleys of requested musical selections, which became a highly anticipated feature of his concerts. Throughout our professional association and musical collaboration, I never heard a concert in which Larry could not weave every request into a skillful and tasteful tapestry of musical gems. His ear training began at a very early age, as his sister, Regina, related that when she was a piano major in college, her 8-year-old brother, Larry, would play by ear her piano repertoire, which she diligently practiced during semester breaks at home.

Larry Dalton was a dear friend to the thousands who were privileged to know him, a humble man of incredible talent, integrity, ethics and intellect, who enjoyed life with an infectious sense of humor.”
— Joyce Bridgman, former teacher, chair of keyboard studies, Oral Roberts University Department of Music

Billy Joe Daugherty

 

April 23, 1952-Nov. 22, 2009
Founding pastor, Victory Christian Church, Victory Christian School, Victory Bible Institute

“This dynamic Christian leader was born in humble beginnings in the small town of Magnolia, Ark. … He would go on to obtain three degrees from Oral Roberts University, including his doctorate. However, you would rarely hear people call him ‘doctor’; he was simply Billy Joe. He had the unique ability to connect with people of all walks of life. Whether he met with presidents, heads of state, city leaders or a person from the projects, he simply loved people. It was that compassion that allowed him to build a church … start a Christian school … launch a Bible college …Bible schools … a Christian camp … a Dream Center ... Billy Joe was a man most known for humility and integrity. People knew if Pastor Daugherty said ‘it,’ he would do ‘it.’ He never sought to build a reputation for himself; he simply sought to glorify God.”
— Ron McIntosh, executive director, Victory Bible Institute;

president, Ron McIntosh Ministries

 

Beryl Ford

 

 

Jan. 28, 1926-May 9, 2009
Collector of Tulsa’s history

“No one loved Tulsa more than Beryl Ford. At his own expense, he spent over 50 years as a serious collector of Tulsa memorabilia and didn’t stop. Beryl knew more stories, mostly funny and especially about Tulsa, than anyone I’ve known. When I was executive director of the Beryl Ford Collection, charged with digitizing the entire collection, we became very good friends. His collection may be viewed on the Tulsa City-County Web site. Tulsa will never have another one like him.”
— Jerry L. Cornelius, former executive director, Beryl Ford Collection

 


 

John Hope Franklin

 

Jan. 2, 1915-March 25, 2009
Historian, educator, author  

“Dr. John Hope Franklin was a brilliant scholar. He did not let the discrimination he endured in his early life dictate what he was to become. The content of his character propelled him to the top of his field of endeavor. He became the historian’s historian and one of the most revered scholars of all time.”
— Julius Pegues, chairman, John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park and John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation Inc.

Charles Gotwals

 

May 19, 1917-Sept. 2, 2009
Founder, Gable Gotwals Law Firm

“Shortly after I joined the firm, Charlie asked me to work on an appeal brief … I spent quite a bit of time on the brief and, after it was done, he called me into his office to go over it. ... He told me he knew I had worked a lot of evenings and weekends on the brief, and he wanted to make sure I wasn’t spending too much time at the office and was spending enough time at home with my family. … Charlie was a great lawyer who represented all his clients with passion and integrity, and was always willing to take time to share his knowledge with the young lawyers in the office, but I and many others will always remember him for making sure we all balanced our work lives with our families.”
— Richard Noulles, attorney, Gable Gotwals

E.T. Guerrero

 

Nov. 2, 1924-Jan. 21, 2009
Retired dean of engineering, The University of Tulsa  

“Dr. Guerrero lived a humble life, but he enriched everyone around him. His honesty, integrity and his dedication to his work were an inspiration to everyone who got to know him.”
— Mohan Kelkar, chairman, Department of Petroleum Engineering, The University of Tulsa

Josef Hardt

 

April 14, 1927-June 11, 2009
“Mr. Oktoberfest”; founding president, German-American Society of Tulsa

“Josef maintained loyalty to his homeland, as well as abiding loyalty to his adopted country and to Tulsa. ....  He and others began as a fall festival what became one of the largest Oktoberfests in the United States in 1979, with the German-American Society of Tulsa founded soon after in 1980. His signature expression from the Biergarten at Tulsa Oktoberfest in his deep bass voice, ‘Oktoberfest in Tulsa ist wunderbar,’ is remembered by many. For 20 years, he was the face and voice of Oktoberfest.”
— Lois Voeller, German-American Society of Tulsa

Grant Hastings

 

Oct. 11, 1919-Sept. 24, 2009
Inventor, Hasty-Bake Grill

“In 1948, Grant Hastings, along with his partner, Gus Baker, produced the first Hasty-Bake Charcoal Oven. As one of the original manufacturers of a ‘backyard barbecue,’ Grant was a pioneer within the industry. His design has withstood the test of time — allowing Hasty-Bake to remain the oldest existing barbecue grill manufacturer in the United States.”
— Richard Alexander, owner, Hasty-Bake

Ben Graf Henneke

 

May 20, 1914-Nov. 13, 2009
President emeritus, The University of Tulsa

“No one had a greater impact on The University of Tulsa than Ben Henneke. TU’s national reputation is a testament to his unquestionable faith in the future of this university. Ben’s leadership, talent, dedication and wisdom enriched our campus for eight decades. No other institution of higher education in the nation has been the lucky beneficiary of such statesmanship. But, most important of all, Ben inspired a passion for intellectual inquiry in generations of students. He leaves a legacy in the hearts and minds of those he profoundly influenced as a teacher and mentor.”
— Steadman Upham, president, The University of Tulsa

Joseph Holliman

 

Oct. 13, 1921-Dec. 3, 2008
Lawyer, philanthropist

“When I think of Joe Holliman, having had the privilege of being his pastor for 29 years, the words ‘consistency’ and ‘dependability’ come immediately to mind. I found Joe the same capable, strong, caring and generous person every time I saw him. He was a special friend, indeed!”
— The Rev. Mouzon Biggs, Boston Avenue United Methodist Church

Burch Mayo

 

Feb. 10, 1919-May 29, 2009
Former executive vice president, Mayo Hotel; arts supporter

“If he walked into a room, he created a presence. He was very warm, very approachable, a raconteur and incredible wit. He was always the center of the room … and he had a beautiful singing voice.”
— Joan Flint, longtime friend

Charles Norman

 

Sept. 2, 1930-Jan. 2, 2009
Former city attorney; former chairman, Tulsa Performing Arts Center Trust

“I had the honor of working with Charles Norman as city attorney when I was first elected a commissioner of streets and public property in 1964. We worked together to design and build the new City Hall, Police Courts Building and Civic Center Plaza. We also worked together in forming INCOG, MTTA and building the Port of Tulsa at Catoosa. Our finest work together was with John Williams designing and building the Performing Arts Center. Charles had vision, integrity and complete respect for the public good in every undertaking. He reflected these same qualities throughout his private-practice career and in his service to The University of Tulsa.”
— Robert LaFortune, former mayor of Tulsa

 

Deborah Palazzo

 

Aug. 2, 1953-May 9, 2009
Former president, Miss Jackson’s

“Just simply walking into a room, Debbie made an impact. The first thing you would notice was her beautiful, red, wildly curly hair. Then you would notice her wonderful flair for style and her beautiful, melodic voice. But I will most remember Debbie for her innate kindness, caring heart, her joy of life, her sense of adventure and her courage and determination. She truly was Lucille Ball, Martha Stewart and Jackie Kennedy all rolled into one. I know she is and always will be deeply missed by her family and friends.”
— Julie Allen, longtime friend

 

Robert Petty

 

Feb. 23, 1923-March 21, 2009
Retired owner, Petty’s Fine Foods

“He was a man who passionately believed in stocking quality merchandise and rendering exceptional service to the customer. His untiring work ethic was an inspiration to all of us, and he set the standard of excellence for our company to achieve.”
— R. Scott Petty, eldest son

Rod Reppe

 

May 18, 1930-Nov. 26, 2008
Former president, Sooner Federal Savings & Loan; real estate developer

“He always did the right thing. Always. A lot of people talk about character, but very few live it. He embodied the word ‘character’ … I have only one goal in life — that is to be like my dad. Not the ‘career accomplishments’ person. Not the ‘status in the community’ person. But the ‘helping others’ person. The ‘treating strangers as if they were family’ person. The ‘14 years of strokes that took so much of his life away from him and yet there was every reason to smile and be happy and be thankful’ person.”  
— Bob Reppe, son

David Roach

 

Sept. 11, 1918-July 30, 2009
Retired executive vice president, MAPCO; civic leader

“David was a product of the depression and a strong family in the small community of Haigler, Neb. He was a devoted Nebraska football fan. He was a member of the Greatest Generation. He was a successful and respected businessman. He was also a loving husband and devoted father. Perhaps more than all of this is that David was a man who had simple and solid values. He was kind to the people who worked for him. He valued education. He believed in treating people with respect and that you are never better than anyone else. He also was a man who loved a good story and was always willing to offer that fabulous smile that could light up a room.”
— Charlie Hawkins, son

Oral Roberts

 

Jan. 24, 1918-Dec. 15, 2009
Minister, founder of Oral Roberts University

“The Oral Roberts University family was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of our dear chancellor, Oral Roberts. Chancellor Roberts was one of the brilliant spiritual lights of the 20th century and a giant of the Christian faith. At the core of his legacy is a great university that bears his name. Like millions worldwide, I am mourning his passing and am grateful for his visionary life and contributions.”
— Mark Rutland, president, Oral Roberts University

Lou Ann Ruark

 

April 19, 1931-March 28, 2009
Former reporter, Tulsa World

“It somehow seems fitting that Lou Ann Ruark’s obituary in the Tulsa World ran on April Fools’ Day. Lou Ann loved a joke or a funny story more than anyone. And when she died on March 28, the Tulsa World and Oklahoma journalism lost a true character. She told her readers about riding an elephant in the circus, about her many dogs, her travails in the garden and about life in general. Her readers loved her as much as she loved them. And when she told her tales in print, you could almost visualize her red hair flying, her arms waving and her megawatt smile lighting up a room. There are those of us who still think they see her driving down the road in her late-model red Cadillac convertible. And, yes, there may still be a gas nozzle dragging along behind her.”
— Susan Ellerbach, managing editor, Tulsa World

Charles “Chuck” Schnake

 

June 21, 1931-June 27, 2009
Founder, Schnake, Turnbo, Frank Public Relations

“Chuck Schnake was the best PR person I ever knew. He was a remarkably nice individual. PR talent was his hallmark, sprinkled with a keen competitive spirit. His business acumen was extraordinary and his ethics were impeccable. Like most true PR pros, he shunned the spotlight. He counseled hundreds of organizations and companies over the years and did it all with a mix of class and dignity that we at the firm all admired. Chuck will be missed but never forgotten.”
— Steve Turnbo, chairman emeritus, Schnake, Turnbo, Frank Public Relations

 

Jill Zink Tarbel

 

Aug. 25, 1924-Jan. 22, 2009
Philanthropist, community leader, advocate for the disabled

“I think it is fair to say that Jill Tarbel was one determined woman. And for good reason. She knew whereof she spoke. So it was that she and Brook (her husband) together changed the face of Tulsa — the steps of its buildings; the curbs and curbstones of its streets; and, most of all, its sensibility to people with physical disabilities. In the process, and for many years, she was host to our town in her home, as she was nurturer of her neighborhood in her back yard. We saw the two of them everywhere — at basketball games at TU, at church, on boards and committees by the score, at restaurants and social gatherings — nothing stopped them. Anybody asks you about Tulsa spirit, mention Jill Tarbel, for one.”
— John B. Wolf, minister emeritus, All Souls Unitarian Church

Wayman Tisdale

 

June 9, 1964-May 15, 2009
All-American and NBA basketball player, Olympc gold medalist, jazz musician

“The Wayman I knew was probably a little different from other people’s. We grew up together. He was my best friend. We spoke about a lot of personal things … the great, the good, the bad and the ugly. As far as music, he was genius with melodies, he could come up with lines like a singer would on his bass guitar — that was what made his music unique, but he developed a unique sound as well. He was an incredible songwriter. … He wasn’t afraid to allow you to be yourself on the music, bring what you had to offer to the table. … We made lots of music together; even in the hospital we set up a studio and did some work together. Music was helping him to go on home.”
— Arthur Thompson, fellow band member and best friend

Richard “Dick” Warner

 

Feb. 27, 1931-Sept. 19, 2009
Tulsa historian; civic leader; owner, Warner Equipment

“Dick was the ‘go to’ person for the Tulsa Historical Society for years when a historical fact or artifact needed to be tracked down. … He would disappear for hours, sometimes days or weeks, and an incredibly high percentage of the time would come back with the story behind the disputed fact. … (more often he showed up) with a new story or an artifact the rest of us didn’t even know was out there. (Artifacts) came complete with the stories of the people involved with them, many times for generations back. … He was a Tulsa historian who saw the good in knowing our past to know where we are in the present and which path to take to a better future.”  
— Clayton Vaughn, former executive director, Tulsa Historical Society

Howard Waugh

 

Feb. 24, 1931-Nov. 27, 2009
Home builder, Habitat for Humanity
construction manager, University of Tulsa and professional football star
“Howard was more than the brains of the outfit; he was the brains, the heart, the soul of Tulsa Habitat. But even more than that, he encouraged others to become all of that also. He was the ultimate team player. Howard brought out the carpenter in folks. He (also) brought out The Carpenter in folks. You felt better about yourself and more confident when Howard was around you. He took the Christ of Matthew 5-7 and 25 seriously. He did justice. He loved mercy. He walked humbly with his creator.”
— Gary Casteel, executive director emeritus, Habitat for Humanity

 


We also remember:

 

Dr. Jerry Brickner, radiology department head, Saint Francis Hospital
Mary Lois Brown, early Tulsa Opera Guild president
Doyle Cotton, owner, Cotton Petroleum
Fran Crosby, leader in Tulsa arts
Mary Liz Dunn, longtime Tulsa Opera supporter
Jack R. Givens, former Tulsa County Bar Association president
Betsy Horowitz, former Tulsa activist
Thelma T. Knight, Tulsa race riot survivor
Rusti Love, Tulsa pop singer
Alice Lindsey Price, artist, writer, photographer, educator
Jim Proctor, semi-pro football coach
William Reid, psychiatrist
Marilyn Riggs, community volunteer
Bharat Sharma, pediatrician, OU-Tulsa

 


Editor's note: Photos courtesy of subjects’ families and friends.

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Contact Name: C.D. Smart
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Friday, January 25, 1 - 2 pm Chimpanzees in the Congo Basin exhibit some of the most complex tool behaviors documented outside of humans.  This talk will share recent discoveries on how young...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
McKeon Center for Creativity
910 S. Boston Ave.
TCC Metro Campus
Tulsa, OK  74119
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Sponsor: McKeon Center for Creativity
Telephone: 918-595-7339
Contact Name: Cindy Armstrong
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Stand-up comedian Brian Regan brings his tour to our city! Regan has distinguished himself as one of the premier comedians in the country. The perfect balance of sophisticated writing and...

Cost: $60.00

Where:
Brady Theater
105 West Brady Street
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: SoundChronicle
Telephone: 802-255-1826
Contact Name: Emily Carter
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Beginning with an introduction into the origin and characteristics of coffee and ending in the myriad of ways we imbibe our black gold, this course is an aerial view of coffee’s journey from...

Cost: $50

Where:
Topeca Coffee
1229 E. Admiral Blvd.
Tulsa, OK
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Sponsor: OSU-Tulsa
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The Orbit Initiative, produced by The Tulsa Performing Arts Center and Trust, resumes its FREE community satellite adventures at seven local community centers this Saturday, January 12th, and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Various
Various
Tulsa, OK  Various
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Sponsor: The Tulsa Performing Arts Center and Trust
Telephone: 918-596-7119
Contact Name: Jeremy Stevens
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The annual Tulsa Eagle Day has been renamed to “Eagle Watch and Raptor Rally.” It will be on Jan. 26, 2019 from 9 a.m.-12:15 p.m. at Jenks High School, Building 6. There will be presentations...

Cost: Free

Where:
Jenks High School, Building 6
205 E. B St.
Jenks, OK
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Sponsor: Tulsa Audubon Society
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Do you and your pup have "cabin fever"? Come out to the Botanic Garden during our "Dog Days of Winter" - Fridays and Saturdays during January and February only when four-legged...

Cost: Free for Garden members & their dogs. Admission + $4 per dog for non-members.

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden
Telephone: 918-289-0330
Contact Name: Lori Hutson

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Golf Oklahoma is bringing back the Oklahoma Golf Expo for 2019. And we’re tremendously excited to have a busy south Tulsa location as our new venue. The Tulsa Golf Expo will be Jan. 25-26...

Cost: TBA

Where:
Marriott Tulsa Hotel Southern Hills
1902 E 71st St
Tulsa
Tulsa, OK  74136
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Sponsor: Golf Oklahoma
Telephone: 918-280-0787
Contact Name: Chris Swafford
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Pain Management Class Non-medical Treatments for Pain Non-medical treatments may be used to treat chronic pain, along with pain medicines. They might also be used alone for mild pain or...

Cost: Free and Open to the Public

Where:
Glenpool Library
730 E. 141st Street
Glenpool, OK  74033
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Sponsor: Success Skills
Telephone: 405-401-3519
Contact Name: Ron Watkins

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Winter's Grace Publishing, of northeast Oklahoma, is holding its inaugural Dead of Winter Flash Fiction Contest. It opened January 1 and it closes February 28. It's open to all creative writers...

Cost: $15 per story

Where:
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Sponsor: Winter's Grace Publishing
Telephone: 918-852-6311
Contact Name: C.D. Smart
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Come and Support ORU Women's Basketball as they jump into another exciting season. Join in on the fun and purchase your tickets today! All children ages 13 and under, accompanied by an adult, will...

Cost: $7.00

Where:
MABEE CENTER
7777 S LEWIS AVE
TULSA, OK  74171
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Evergreens are often overlooked and under-appreciated in the landscape, yet in the winter months they provide color, form and texture that their deciduous counterparts can’t provide. Take a...

Cost: FREE for Garden members; $8 for ages 13+; $4 for ages 3–12; 2 & under are free.

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden
Telephone: 918-289-0330
Contact Name: Tulsa Botanic Garden

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America’s LARGEST interactive comedy murder mystery dinner show is now playing at the Hilton Garden Inn Tulsa Broken Arrow! At The Dinner Detective, you’ll tackle a challenging crime while you...

Cost: 59.95

Where:
Hilton Garden Inn Tulsa- Broken Arrow
420 W Albany St.
Broken Arrow, OK  74012
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Telephone: 866-496-0535
Contact Name: The Dinner Detective
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We are thrilled to announce The Pencil Box's brand new event, Rock Paper Scissors, to be held at the historic Cain's Ballroom on Saturday, January 26, 2019, and we need you there! This event will...

Cost: $150.00

Where:
Cain's Ballroom
423 North Main Street
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Telephone: 918-442-2222
Contact Name: Nancy Bolzle
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Come see ORU Mens Basketball vs North Dakota State!

Cost: $10-$20

Where:
Mabee Center
7777 South Lewis Ave
Tulsa
Tulsa, OK  74171
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Sponsor: https://mabeecenter.com/event/californiabaptist1819m/
Telephone: 918-495-6000
Contact Name: Mabee Center
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Living Arts of Tulsa is celebrating its 50th anniversary during its signature gala, Champagne & Chocolate. The event features a fashion show and auction and features the work of artist...

Cost: $100

Where:
Living Arts of Tulsa
307 E. MB Brady Street
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Sponsor: Living Arts of Tulsa
Telephone: 918-585-1234
Contact Name: Jessica Borusky
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