Recent benefits supported the Demand Project and the Greenwood Chamber's scholarship program.
Event patrons with Demand Project Co-founder Kristin Weis.
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Supporters of the Demand Project gathered Dec. 9 to raise funds for the restoration of sex trafficking victims in Oklahoma. More than 120 guests were welcomed to the McBirney Mansion by hosts Wendy and Gentner Drummond. The event raised $35,000 for the nonprofit dedicated to the eradication of sexual exploitation, with an emphasis on children.
Event sponsors included Blue Sky Bank, QuikTrip and The Vintage Pearl. The Demand Project’s founders Kristin and Jason Weis organized an event that featured a silent auction, a raffle and hors d’oeuvres catered by POSTOAK Lodge and Retreat. Guests heard from Cori Duke, emcee, and the Weises.
Greenwood Community Spirit Awards Gala
On Dec. 2, the Historic Greenwood Chamber of Commerce hosted the inaugural Greenwood Community Spirit Awards Gala at the Doubletree Hotel Downtown Tulsa. Award recipients were individuals who have demonstrated excellence in education, business, humanity, community and innovation. The gala launched the Chamber’s Historic Black Wall Street Scholarship Fund, which will award five African-American high school students $1,000 scholarships at Juneteenth 2017.
KKT Architects was one of the night’s sponsors.
Greater Tulsa Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President Francisco Trevino and Greenwood Chamber of Commerce President Sherry Gamble-Smith
Jamaal Dyer, Greenwood Chamber Young Professionals president; Candice Nyan; DeVon Douglass; Ashley Philippsen, Chamber Young Professional of the Year; Carlisha Williams; Clarence Boyd
Top row: Awardees Bill White, Dr. Rodney Clark, Marq Lewis, Tim Smallwood, Pastor Wendell Hope Bottom row: Ashley Philippsen, Sherry Laskey, Jane Malone, Nicole Smallwood, Event Chair Donna Jackson, Sherry Gamble-Smith