Recent benefits for the Commemorative Air Force, the Pencil Box and Up With Trees
Norman J. Van Sickle
Patrons at the Nov. 12 Keep ‘Em Flying Big Band Hangar Dance traveled back to the 1940s amid swing dancing and beautifully restored warbirds. The annual event at Tulsa Technology Center’s Riverside campus raised funds for the Spirit of Tulsa Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force, a group dedicated to preserving the memory of World War II through restoration and flight of the warbirds that helped win the war.
A live band performed ’40s hits, while other entertainment included WWII vintage radio broadcasts and an antique radio exhibit, free swing dance lessons and warbird dogfight simulators provided by Aces Alley. POPS Route 66 provided a vintage canteen with retro sodas and snacks
Approximately 750 people attended, raising $25,000.
Restored warbirds were on display.
Chuck Unruh, Robert Click, Julie Luscomb, Rebecca Berg and Rita and Gregg Robbins (in a recreation of his father’s Air Corps uniform)
The Sounds of Music Orchestra played big band hits.
Marina Metevelis, an original “Rosie the Riveter” in World War II, with a dancer at the event.
Swing dancing was a highlight of the evening. Patrons could participate in free dance lessons.
Cocktails for Crayons
The second annual Cocktails for Crayons gala on Oct. 13 coincided with The Pencil Box’s first anniversary of school supply distribution to disadvantaged students. In its first year distributing supplies, the organization gave more than $247,000 worth of school supplies, impacting students in 37 Tulsa-area schools.
Event patrons dressed in festive crayon-inspired hues at the Summit Club, where they enjoyed heavy hors d’oeuvres, specialty cocktails, a live auction and music from pianist Donald Ryan.
Auctioneer Rick Miller with guests Cassie Reese and Evan Tipton
Pianist Donald Ryan entertained patrons.
Stephen and Jasmyn Walker and Shayne Bartlett
Samantha Sac, junior at Webster High School, spoke during the program.
Nancy Hermann, Nancy Bizjack, Wes Casey, Betty Casey, Paul Bizjack and Bill Hermann
Green Leaf Gala
The Green Leaf Gala on Nov. 5 celebrated the 40th anniversary of event beneficiary Up With Trees. Attendees at the tree-filled Expo Square Pavilion recognized the organization’s mission to beautify greater Tulsa by planting trees and to create urban forestry awareness through education. The evening included a cocktail reception followed by dinner, dancing to the lively music of band Lost Wax, and live and silent auctions. The evening raised more than $250,000.
More than 300 supporters of Up With Trees attended the Nov. 5 event.
Patrons Anna America and Michael Patton
Talmadge Powell Creative transformed the Pavilion for the event’s theme, “Tulsa Loves Trees.”
Expo Square’s Party Serve Catering provided the meal.
JW and Mollie Craft and Jillian and Will Ihloff