Recent fundraisers supported Metro Christian Academy, Child Abuse Network, Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma and Catholic Charities.
Emily Thresher, a student at Metro Christian Academy, performs at the school’s annual dinner and auction.
The Mayo Hotel hosted Metro Christian Academy’s annual dinner and auction on April 6. The “Power of the Plaid”-themed evening — a nod to MCA student uniforms — raised funds to support MCA students and teacher needs. “This is an event that our families look forward to every year,” says Roger Gerstenberger, MCA headmaster. “We are so blessed by our supporters and are grateful for the opportunities that our students and teachers gain from the success of this event.”
The evening started with a social hour, basket raffle and dessert auction, followed by dinner and a live auction. Patrons enjoyed a photo booth and participated in a STEM challenge. Entertainment included a performance by MCA freshman Emily Thresher, a 2016 participant in the Kristin Chenoweth Master Class at the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center.
Photos by Tom Gilbert
The sixth annual CANdlelight Ball on April 21 was a magical evening “under the stars” at the Mayo Hotel. Patrons numbered 175, and $194,000 was raised for Child Abuse Network. The honorary chairs were Max and Marian Vowel; co-chairs were Ashley Hudgeons and Cari Marshall. Chef Justin Thompson emceed the event.
Jeremy Owens and Camille Nassar
June Patton and David Hogan
Patrons lit candles during the program to symbolize CAN providing light and hope for Tulsa-area children who need a voice.
Carley and Carrie Williams
The event theme was “Star Light, Star Bright.”
Scott Booren, Diana Booren, Julia Gross, Susan Gross and Kevin Gross
John and Whitney Jennings
Photos by Jenna Murray / cfbeo
The Empty Bowls hunger awareness dinner was April 25 at the Cox Business Center. The event benefited the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma and honored its work to combat hunger and food insecurity. Judi McCoy posthumously received the Sara J. Waggoner Hunger Awareness Award; her husband, Bob McCoy, accepted on her behalf. The Coretz Family were the event’s honorary chairs. Empty Bowls exceeded its goal of raising the equivalent of over 2.4 million meals for people in need throughout the area.
Artist Lindsey Yann demonstrated pottery making.
Patrons enjoyed a soup and salad dinner.
Elaine Breckinridge, Rochelle Dowdell, Nancy Born and Pam Hawes
Each guest received a wooden keepsake bowl as a reminder of the too many hungry people in Oklahoma. The bowls were made by artists from the Northeast Oklahoma Woodturners Association.
The cocktail hour included a wine pull, a restaurant pull, a raffle and a silent auction.
Ken Ray Underwood and Leslie Harris
Cooking Up Compassion
Photos by Corey Elias / myshuttershack.com
Attendance at Catholic Charities’ annual fundraiser, Cooking Up Compassion, on Feb. 25 broke previous records, with over 1,100 guests at the Cox Business Center. The money raised will help fund Catholic Charities’ 14 programs, which serve more than 60,000 people in eastern Oklahoma. Event co-chairs were Rochelle and John Dowdell and Lucia and John O’Connor.
The Mardi Gras-themed event began with appetizers from some of Tulsa’s finest chefs, followed by dinner, raffle drawings and a live auction.
Mary Bidasio and Bishop David Konderla
Maureen Goree, Father Matt Gerlach and Teresa Witcher
Chef Eli Huff and an unknown server
Father Bryan Brooks and Anne Edwards
Drs. Tracie and Michael Malloy