Tulsa’s top 10 fund-raisers of 2009

We spotlight the year’s top-earning fund-raising events.



By tradition and perhaps by nature, Tulsans are unusually generous. We are among the top in donating discretionary income and in volunteering our time to local causes. Our Tulsa Community Foundation is the largest in the nation.

But any event chair will tell you that a fund-raiser requires a tremendous amount of time and effort.

So we wondered, along with the goodwill it generates, what do fund-raisers reap in the hard-to-come-by cash nonprofits need? And which organizations appear to do it best?

This fall, TulsaPeople, with assistance from the Tulsa Community Foundation, surveyed area nonprofits, asking them to tell us their most successful 2009 fund-raisers and the amounts those events grossed.    

Then we ranked them — first, by the Top 10 grossing events and, second, by the Top 5 in several popular event types, including dinners, luncheons, golf tournaments, races and a special “other” category. (You will find those on the following pages in the Charitable Events Registry.) We think you will be fascinated by the amounts raised and the nonprofits that qualified in more than one group.

Here’s another fascinating fact: When we added the gross figures from the nearly 100 nonprofits that reported back to us, we found their events raised at least $23.6 million, almost equaling the 2009 Tulsa Area United Way campaign’s final number, $23.9 million.

Now that’s generosity.

1. Painted Pony Ball

 

$1.2 million+
Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis
Theme: Black tie with a Western twist
Number of years held: 4
Event type: Gala
Benefited: Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis NICU
Date: Nov. 13, 2009
Location: Central Park Hall, Expo Square
Chairpersons: Cathey and Mike Barkley; Suzanne Warren, honorary chair  
Major donors: Henry Zarrow Fund, William K. Warren Foundation, Saint Francis Health System, Newborn Specialists of Tulsa, F&M Bank & Trust Co., Mr. and Mrs. Mike Barkley
Event coordinator or designer: Arin Zinke


2. William Booth Society

 

Benefit Dinner  

 

$1.15 million
The Salvation Army Metro Tulsa Command
Number of years held: 16
Event type: Dinner   
Benefited: General fund raising
Date: May 2, 2009
Location: BOK Center
Chairmen: Bill and Bob Thomas
Major donors: Miriam B. & Jess L. Stevens Foundation, Helmerich Foundation, Mervin Bovaird Foundation, Carl and Virginia Short, Paul and Helen Sisk Foundation
In-kind donors: QuikPrint
Event coordinator or designer: Talmadge Powell

3. Promise Ball

 

$772,000
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Theme: A Night of Hope … A Time to Believe
Number of years held: 9
Event type: Gala
Benefited: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Artificial Pancreas Project
Date: May 9, 2009
Location: Renaissance Tulsa Hotel and Convention Center
Chairpersons: Gov. Brad and First Lady Kim Henry, Promise Ball honorees; Arlo and Barbara DeKraai, Promise Ball co-chairs; Stuart & Linda Price, corporate sponsorship chairs
Major donors: Two anonymous donors, Jim Adelson, Tony Beeson, Arlo and Barbara DeKraai, Bill and Bard Drotar, Donald and Nedra Hansen, Carl and Val Hansen, Clayton and Gina Hughes, Tom Pearson, Stuart and Linda Price, Gary and Anita Rathburn, Richard and Pam Shimer, Terry Stewart, Les Veltman
Event coordinator or designer: Nikki DeFalco and Jessica Maldonado


4. Race for the Cure

 

$750,000
Tulsa Affiliate of
Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Theme: Imagine Life Without Breast Cancer
Number of years held: 13
Event type: Race/walk
Benefited: Tulsa Project Woman Inc., Indian Health Care Resource Center, Morton Comprehensive Health Services Inc., St. John Health System, Breast Cancer Network of Strength  
Date: Sept. 19, 2009
Location: CityPlex Towers/Oral Roberts University, 7777 S. Lewis Ave.
Chairpersons: Krista Zachariae and Mark McFarland
Major donors: Presenting sponsors, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, The News on 6, Academy Sports and Outdoors. Platinum sponsors, TulsaPeople Magazine, 92.9 KBEZ, 98.5 KVOO, McDonald’s


5. Tulsa Heart Ball  

 

$594,000
American Heart Association
Theme: Belt Buckle Ball
Number of years held: 38
Event type: Gala
Benefited: AHA research, community programs and education
Date: Feb. 7, 2009
Location: Central Park Hall at Expo Square
Chairpersons: Chip and Sharon McElroy
Major donors: Presenting sponsor, Saint Francis Health System; sponsors, Childhood Obesity Awareness, Bank of America, Williams, McElroy, American Airlines and Oklahoma Heart Institute
Event coordinator or designer: E2 Worldwide


6. Western Days 2009

 

$520,840  
Saint Simeon’s Foundation
Theme: Western Days — The Driller’s Bash
Number of years held: 13
Event type: Dinner
Benefited: Remodel of the Saint Simeon’s Memory Center
Date: Sept. 15, 2009
Location: Central Park Hall, Expo Square
Chairpersons: Lucy and John Barker; Eileen and Jim Hewgley, honorary chairs
Major donors: The Ralph and Frances McGill Foundation, Phyllis and George Dotson, Pat and Malcolm Deisenroth, Joan Flint, Phyllis and Steve Anderson, Broadhurst Foundation, The Hewgley Family, Hille Foundation, Peggy and Charles Stephenson, Tommy Williams, Marshall Brewing Co., Mary Stewart, Toni’s Flowers


7. Bike MS

 

$500,500
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Theme: The Mother Road Ride presented by Sam’s Club
Number of years held: 24
Event type: Race/walk/other
Benefited: General overall operating,
programs, direct services and MS research
Date: Sept. 26-27, 2009
Location: Downtown Tulsa to the state Capitol
Chairmen: Ray Mack and Peyton Neilsen
Major donors: Presenting sponsor, Sam’s Club  
Event coordinator or designer: Blaine King, development manager and bike ride director 

8. Carnivale

 

$448,658
Mental Health Association in Tulsa
Theme: Carnivale: The Best Party in Town
Number of years held: 20
Event type: Gala
Benefited: Housing programs and services for individuals with mental illness.  
Date: March 28, 2009
Location: Donald W. Reynolds Center
Chairwoman: Rita Singer
Major donors: Mega Roller, George Kaiser Family Foundation; High Rollers, Saint Francis Health System, Ann and John Wieczorek, The Zarrow Families Foundation.
Event coordinator or designer: Phil Long Inc.

9. Concours for the Cure

 

$428,616
American Diabetes Association
Theme: A concours is a showing of vintage, antique and exotic vehicles in which the entries are judged on originality, appearance, rarity and overall appeal
Number of years held: 4
Event type: Gala
Benefited: ADA mission to prevent and cure diabetes and those affected
Date: Sept. 20, 2009    
Location: Southern Hills Country Club
Chairmen: Bill and Becky Warnock     
Major donors: MidFirst Bank, Alliance Resource Partners LP, Harold and Sue Ann Hamm


10. Walk to Cure Diabetes

 

$411,000*
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Theme: Superheroes Unite for a Cure!
Number of years held: 13
Event type: Walk
Benefited: Type 1 diabetes research
Date: Oct. 3, 2009
Location: University of Oklahoma-Tulsa Schusterman Center
Chairpersons: Lee Rector, corporate walk chair; Micki Curtis, family team chair
Major donors: Samson, DirecTV, TTCU, Williams, Willbros, McJunkin Red Man Corp., The Hille Foundation, The Chickasaw Nation, Indian Health Care Resource Center, BlueCross BlueShield of Oklahoma, Business Planning Group, GoFresh, McAlister’s Deli, Nordam, Universal Ensco, Inc., Schlotzsky’s Deli, Tulsa Association of Health Underwriters, The Cardinal Family
Event coordinator or designer: Nikki DeFalco and Jessica Maldonado
* 2008 figure; 2009 numbers due in January with goal of $420,000.

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Sponsor: mainline art bar
Telephone: 918-704-3330
Contact Name: katy eagleston

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Join us at the beautiful McBirney Mansion for a wonderful time of dancing and dining, all dressed up in your elegant party attire. Your support helps TDP's sex trafficking victims become...

Cost: $150-$250

Where:
McBirney Mansion
, OK


Sponsor: The Demand Project
Telephone: 918-791-8872
Contact Name: Tabatha Will
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Nativity Festival expands in bartlesville for its sixth year Bartlesville, OK, November 2, 2016– The Bartlesville Festival of the Nativity – a multi-faith celebration of the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
St. John Catholic School & Father Lynch Hall
121 West 8th Street
Bartlesville, OK  74006
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Sponsor: Play for Burk Foundation
Telephone: 405-762-1994
Contact Name: Melanie Bayles
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The first illuminated, handwritten Bible of monumental size to be commissioned by a Benedictine monastery in the modern era is now on view at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Sacred Words: The...

Cost: $10-12

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Drive
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Contact Name: Becky Weintz
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Head to downtown Collinsville for a festive, small town Christmas celebration. This year's parade will make its way down Main Street past favorite Collinsville businesses and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Collinsville, OK
Main Street
Collinsville, OK  74021
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Sponsor: Collinsville Chamber of Commerce
Telephone: 918-371-4703
Contact Name: Megan Edwards
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The Museum Cafe is ready for the holidays!  Leave the cooking to us this holiday season with savory menus for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Whether you don’t have time to cook this year...

Cost: Dinner for 2- $89; Dinner for 8- $189

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Drive
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Contact Name: Becky Weintz
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In celebration of Tulsa Artist Fellowship’s first full year of existence, the George Kaiser Family Foundation is teaming up with 108 | Contemporary to host the first curated art exhibition of...

Cost: Free

Where:
108|Contemporary
108 E Mathew B. Brady St.
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: Tulsa Artist Fellowship
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Join us for a good ole vintage family Christmas, at this year's Kringle's Christmas Land. Experience a Holiday event like no other around. Take a guided tour through Santa's workshop,...

Cost: 7.00

Where:
Tulsa Promenade Mall
4107 South Yale Ave
Inside mall, lower level, next to Macy's
Tulsa, OK  74137
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Sponsor: Kringle's Christmas Land
Telephone: 918-810-5083
Contact Name: Ben Sumner
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ALL KIDS 13 & UNDER – IT’S FREE! All children age 13 and under, accompanied by an adult, will be allowed in to all 2016-17 ORU Athletics ticketed sports for free. This is...

Cost: $9

Where:
Mabee Center
7777 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK  74136
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Sponsor: Mabee Center
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Join us for an interactive experience to create extraordinary works of art inspired by the Museum’s collection and special exhibitions. Our teaching artists will provide basic instruction and...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Drive
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Contact Name: Becky Weintz
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ALL KIDS 13 & UNDER – IT’S FREE! All children age 13 and under, accompanied by an adult, will be allowed in to all 2016-17 ORU Athletics ticketed sports for free. This is strictly a...

Cost: $22 // $17 // $12

Where:
Mabee Center
7777 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK  74171
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VICTORY Christian Center Presents “The Secret Gift” Saturday and Sunday December 10th & 11th   Celebrate the Christmas Season with Victory’s broadway style...

Cost: free

Where:
Victory Christian Center
7700 S. Lewis
Tulsa, OK  74137
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Join us at MAINLINE ART BAR for December’s First Friday Art Walk!  We have 2 amazing contemporary Oklahoma artists to celebrate this month. ...

Cost: FREE

Where:
mainline art bar
111 n main street
tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: mainline art bar
Telephone: 918-704-3330
Contact Name: katy eagleston

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The Alliday Show is preparing to kick off their 7th annual handmade arts and crafts show!  Featuring 15 of Oklahoma's prime artists and makers, The Alliday Show features a ticketed holiday...

Cost: $5 on Friday/Free on Saturday

Where:
Retro Den Tulsa
1216 S. Harvard
Tulsa, OK  74112
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Sponsor: The Alliday Show
Telephone: 918.671.1390
Contact Name: Briana
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If the thought of holiday shopping and crowds is making you feel abominable, then join Laughing Matter, Oklahoma's longest-running improve troupe at the PH Community House. Admission is...

Cost: $8.00

Where:
PH Community House
306 South Phoenix
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Sponsor: Laughing Matter Improv
Contact Name: Jerry Henderson
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