Zero Heroes: 5 Tulsans work to end homelessness

Built for Zero is focused on ending chronic and veteran homelessness. Meet the Tulsans on the front lines of that fight.



Noe Rodriguez is a rapid-response homeless outreach coordinator for Mental Health Association Oklahoma.

Three years ago, a coalition of agencies came together in an attempt to end chronic and veteran homelessness in Tulsa. What was intended as a two-year project to house 385 people has turned into an ongoing effort that has resulted in more than 1,000 Tulsans housed.

The local project Built for Zero Tulsa is part of a national initiative of more than 70 communities that was launched in 2015 by the New York-based nonprofit Community Solutions.

Approximately 6,500 homeless individuals flow through Tulsa shelters annually. Although many are temporary situations, some face chronic homelessness. According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the latter group faces disabling conditions and has been continuously homeless for at least a year or at least four times in the past three years.

“The issues that lead to homelessness are widely varied: poverty, domestic violence, abuse, medical conditions that drained financial resources, legal problems and more,” says Greer Fites, 2018 chairwoman of A Way Home for Tulsa and Built for Zero Tulsa. “Because of this, and in order to tackle the issues, a wide variety of team players is needed to address these issues with homeless individuals.”

Built for Zero, originally called Zero: 2016, is one project facilitated by A Way Home for Tulsa, which includes 24 organizations working together to assist those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Their goal is to reach a “functional zero,” which means there are more housing units than individuals who need them.

Built for Zero, both nationally and here in Tulsa, is focused on ending chronic and veteran homelessness. These individuals are most at-risk and require the most resources.

The following five people are working hard alongside many more Tulsans to streamline processes, share information and work together in an attempt to end homelessness in our city.

They are known as Zero Heroes.

 

Mack Haltom and Michelle Pearson

Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless

Michelle Pearson and Mack Haltom, standing, visit with guests at the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless. Pearson and Haltom are part of the Center’s case management team, working to find permanent housing for individuals experiencing homelessness.

For nearly two decades, Haltom has worked for the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless. He started at the front desk before becoming a case manager. Today he serves as the center’s associate director.

Pearson started as a caseworker and eventually became director for Volunteers of America, where she worked 13 years helping Tulsans secure stable housing. After a brief hiatus, she returned to case management in 2016, this time at the Tulsa Day Center.

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These two are among a case management staff of nine who work with many of the 300-350 people who utilize the Day Center on average each day. Their goal is to find permanent housing for those individuals through the Rapid Rehousing Program, which launched in 2014.

“We started the rehousing program because we wanted to get as many people housed as fast as possible,” Haltom says. “When a person lives in a house, they are more stable, healthier and more likely to overcome addiction.”

Since the program launched four years ago, it has provided 484 homes for 812 individuals. The Rapid Rehousing Program has an 82 percent success rate, which is better than the national average of 80. Success is defined as staying housed for three to six months after placement.

Pearson works with individuals to help them find housing and a job and to make sure they are on a successful path to self-sufficiency. She meets with clients weekly at first, then gradually reduces it to every other week for six months. She typically handles 15 cases at a time.

In 2013, the Day Center opened Hudson Villas, an apartment complex with 60 units. Many of those apartments are occupied by veterans. Case managers are onsite to assist residents in filing for disability, finding health care options and to help in other areas.

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The Day Center’s case managers also work with numerous other property managers to provide housing in apartment complexes throughout Tulsa. Haltom is a big proponent of mixed-use apartment complexes, in which the chronically homeless live side-by-side with people who have not experienced those challenges. Not only does it help the previously homeless integrate into society, Haltom emphasizes that many people who have homes struggle with the same things that the homeless do — mental illness, substance abuse — but these challenges are less visible because they have homes.

When she’s not working a case, Pearson dedicates time for outreach, which means going out and visiting a person who is homeless to begin building a relationship to assist that individual.

“I recently outreached an avid meth user,” Pearson says. “I visited him three months in a row just to build his trust. By working with him, we were able to get his warrants recalled and got him into treatment. That’s just one example of many.”

Haltom says there is a stigma for those who are homeless, but he says most people are one paycheck away from being in the same situation.

“It can happen to anyone,” Haltom says. “Our role is to support people. We’re their family. We’re on their side. We want to help them become self-sufficient and successful in life.”

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Noe Rodriguez

Mental Health Association Oklahoma

Noe Rodriguez is on the front lines of addressing the immediate needs of Tulsa’s homeless population, whether that’s helping them with a new pair of socks and hand warmers, or connecting them to essential community services.

Rodriguez is a rapid-response homeless outreach coordinator for Mental Health Association Oklahoma. As part of his job, Rodriguez provides mobile street outreach to individuals and families experiencing homelessness wherever they may be, such as under bridges or in encampments in the woods. Through regular contact, he builds trust and relationships while connecting them to essential community services.

Through its housing and recovery programs, the Mental Health Association gives people experiencing homelessness an opportunity to start new lives as they successfully transition from living on the street to their own homes where they can thrive and become self-sufficient.

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“I see people living in places no one should ever have to call home,” Rodriguez says. “They are doing their best to survive living on the streets on a daily basis, so it is amazing to see their faces when they are handed their key to an apartment for the first time in months, years or even decades. It is an honor to be a part of this process and to share that moment with them.”

Rodriguez’s passion to help those in need came from situations involving his mother and father.

His father returned from the Vietnam War with a Purple Heart, a Silver Star and a Bronze Star, but also with untreated post-traumatic stress disorder and an alcohol addiction. He struggled for more than 20 years living in substandard housing with unreliable electricity and no gas. Finally, he built up the courage to ask Veteran Affairs for assistance; the VA took care of him until his death two years later.

Rodriguez’s mom struggled with mental health conditions and heroin addiction for 10 years, which led to many ups and downs along the way.

“It is my mission in life to help veterans like my father and hurting people like my mother, especially those living on the streets of Tulsa right now,” says Rodriguez, who also is an ordained Baptist minister.

Rodriguez is proud of the work he and the other organizations are doing to help those who are homeless. “Currently, A Way Home for Tulsa agencies are on a great course to providing a streamlined process through coordinated entry, which means there’s no wrong door when someone is ready to get off the streets,” Rodriguez says. “I am looking forward to collaborating to help end chronic and veteran homelessness in Tulsa.”

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Erin Willis

Community Service Council

 Erin Willis with  Community Service Council works on coordinated entry  planning and implementation.

Four years ago, Willis began working with veterans at risk of homelessness. She says she spent months trying desperately to find solutions for the veterans, but quickly realized how challenging it was to navigate through official channels to find success.

That feeling of helplessness during a crisis stuck with her, and helped her facilitate the creation and implementation of All Doors Open. The program provides a standardized and fair way for individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to access housing and support services based on their level of vulnerability.

By using a common assessment tool to triage and direct referrals, individuals and families have equal access to all the resources, regardless of where they first present for services.

“It’s most often analogized to an emergency room,” says Willis, who serves as lead coordinator for CSC’s All Doors Open. “If someone presents with a gunshot wound and another person presents with a migraine, the person with the most acute need is admitted and serviced first, regardless of how long the person with a migraine has been waiting.”

For the past five years, Willis has worked for CSC, which is the lead agency for A Way Home for Tulsa.

The organization’s direct role in Built for Zero comes through coordinated entry planning and implementation. CSC also manages the Homeless Management Information System, a database that is used across organizations to keep track of those with whom the agencies connect.

“At CSC, it’s our core belief that housing is a basic human right, and by providing housing-focused interventions and solutions, we can save lives and strengthen our community,” Willis says. “I consider myself lucky to be able to work with an organization that aligns with my beliefs.”

Another facet of CSC’s operation is the Barrier Removal Residence Exchange for Veterans (BRRX4Vets) program that is funded by the VA Supportive Service for Veteran Families grant. It uses the Housing First model to provide temporary intervention and short-term assistance to very low-income veteran families who are homeless or facing eviction in 18 counties throughout northeast Oklahoma.

According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, Housing First is a homeless assistance approach that prioritizes providing permanent housing for people experiencing homelessness, thus serving as a platform from which they can pursue personal goals and improve their quality of life. This approach is guided by the belief that people need basic necessities like food and a place to live before attending to anything less critical, such as getting a job, budgeting properly or addressing substance use issues.

Her career can be highly stressful, but Willis says that with each success story comes the motivation to help the next person off the streets. “For me, memorable moments occur every week, with each person now having a place to call home,” says Willis, whose first role at CSC was working with the veterans program. “It inspires me to see folks come together and find lasting solutions.” 

 

The Rev. Jeff Jaynes

Restore Hope Ministries

The Rev. Jeff Jaynes meets with Ed, who was successfully  housed nearly six years ago through the Day Center for the Homeless and Restore Hope.

While many organizations work to move people from the streets into housing, Restore Hope works to keep more veterans and others from becoming homeless. “We do so by preventing eviction with emergency rental assistance and financial counseling for families on the verge of homelessness,” says Jaynes, Restore Hope’s executive director. “Since Built for Zero began in 2015, Restore Hope has prevented 2,136 people in our community from packing up their lives and moving into a shelter or on the streets.

“In doing so, we have not only helped those families, we have helped our community save the costs associated with homelessness and our response to those in housing crisis.”

In 2017, Restore Hope assisted 852 people, and only five of those had a shelter stay. That’s a success rate of 99 percent compared to the national average of 70 percent. Those stats are available and cross-checked through the A Way Home for Tulsa’s master Homeless Management System, administered by the Community Service Council.

Jaynes’ first experience with poverty came as a high school volunteer at the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless. He says that experience and his Christian faith led to his passion for helping those in dire need of housing.

Every person who works in this field has an experience that sticks with him. For Jaynes, it was the story of a man named Ed, who everyone said would be homeless until he died on the streets. On an extremely cold night, Ed found shelter at the Day Center, where the staff helped him recover from frostbite. During that time, the staff was able to connect him with the Day Center’s housing program. At the time, there was a cost associated with getting into the program, so Restore Hope assisted him financially.

“That move was almost six years ago now, and Ed has been successfully housed ever since,” Jaynes says. “In fact, he got a job, reconnected with his family and now volunteers with the Mental Health Association to lead 12-step groups at one of their housing units. Not only has Ed been sober for years, people who have been in Ed’s group have been sober for years, too.”

Jaynes served as chairman for A Way Home for Tulsa and Built for Zero during its first two years. He says the day of the first press conference, he nearly refused to speak.

“I honestly did not believe we could accomplish those lofty expectations,” Jaynes says. “I did speak, though, because we needed those goals — because people in our community needed a home — and my doubts were shown to be false. We exceeded every goal at every step along the way, housing hundreds of veterans and others who have been on the streets or in shelter for years.

“I am so proud to have helped lead Built for Zero at that time and to cheer on the heroic work of the case managers and front-line workers who truly worked miracles to move our neighbors into permanent housing.”

 

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"Night of Dreams" is Tulsa Dream Center's annual gala that raises funds for those in greatest need in North Tulsa. Tulsa Dream Center feeds hungry families, educates children, clothes those who are...

Cost: Tickets-$200, Sponsorships - $1500-$25000

Where:
Mayo Hotel
115 W 5th St
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: Tulsa Dream Center
Telephone: 918-284-4571
Contact Name: Olivia Martin
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Borrowed Forms Learn to craft content regardless of the format. Turn your mortgage payoff letter into a personal essay about purchasing a home or an orthodontist report transformed into an...

Cost: $225

Where:
Center for Poets and Writers at OSU-Tulsa
700 N. Greenwood Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74106
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Sponsor: Center for Poets and Writers at OSU-Tulsa
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After headlining across the globe, Denise is thrilled to be back in her hometown bringing her power and passion to the Rainbow Room with tunes from Broadway, Standard Classics and Jazz to Rock...

Cost: $10 General Admission

Where:
OkEq - Lynn Riggs Theatre
621 East 4th St.
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Sponsor: Oklahomans for Equal Rights
Telephone: 918-637-25866
Contact Name: Pat Hobbs
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Friday, February 22, 2019 8:00 am – 4:30 pm Oklahoma State University - Tulsa Conference Meeting Room: North Hall, Room 150 The 2019 Chautauqua will focus on the relationship between family...

Cost: $20-$75

Where:
OSU-Tulsa
700 N. Greenwood Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74106
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Sponsor: OSU Center for Family Resilience and the OSU Center for Wellness and Recovery
Contact Name: Dr. Amanda Harrist
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The Museum’s Dickinson Research Center is home to more than 700,000 photographs, 44,000 books, and perhaps unexpectedly, at least 1,000 horses. Meet some of the herd in Horseplay, the new...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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Few animals conjure the power and symbolic presence of the North American bison. Whether painted on a tipi or an artist’s canvas, minted on a nickel, or seen grazing in Yellowstone National Park,...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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As Lakota artist Oscar Howe wrote in 1958, “There is much more to Indian art than pretty, stylized pictures.” This exhibition highlights this depth and the 20th century American masters who...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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Men and women from across the American West played critical roles — both “over there” and on the home front — in helping the Allies win World War I. The American Expeditionary Force (AEF)...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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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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34th Chelsea International Fine Art Competition—Opens on February 5th, 2019   Agora Gallery is pleased to invite artists from across the globe to enter the 34th Annual Chelsea...

Cost: $45 entry fee for up to 5 images ($5 for each additional image)

Where:
Agora Gallery
530 W 25th St.
New York, NY  10001
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Sponsor: Agora Gallery
Telephone: +1 212-226-4151
Contact Name: Carolina Carilo
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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:
, OK


Sponsor: Winter's Grace Publishing
Telephone: 918-852-6311
Contact Name: C.D. Smart
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Sweets & Cream will be reopening Friday, February 22 at 3PM! Come on by for a $1.99 ice cream cookie sandwich and give a small donation to the Tips for Charity effort to help support our local...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Sweets & Cream
1114 S Yale Avenue
Tulsa, OK  74112
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Sponsor: Sweets & Cream
Telephone: 918-633-3182
Contact Name: Erik Collins
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5:00-6:00 Nature & Madness is the contemplative indie-folk project of Ryan Pickop. Ryan's work is rooted in Americana, rooted in the Earth. Challenging without being confrontational, we are offered...

Cost: Free

Where:
Heirloom Rustic Ales
Tulsa, OK


Sponsor: Heirloom Rustic Ales

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Solo performance. Originally from the OKC area, Adrienne Gilley is a vocalist, guitar player, songwriter. Drawing from co-writers and influential mentors and supporters in the Tulsa music scene,...

Cost: Tipping encouraged

Where:
The Colony
2809 S. Harvard
Tulsa, OK  74114
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Sample various whiskey, have dinner and hear some fabulous music! 

Cost: 150.00

Where:
Studio 308
308 S. Lansing Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Sponsor: Lindsey House
Telephone: 918-933-5222
Contact Name: Diana Denny
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JAKE OWEN Multiple chart-topping singer/songwriter Jake Owen’s new single “Down To The Honkytonk” is rapidly climbing the Billboard Country Airplay charts. With seven #1 songs to...

Cost: $50, $75, $100

Where:
Osage Casino
Tulsa, OK

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Sunday in the Park with George follows painter Georges Seurat in the months leading up to the completion of his most famous painting, "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte." Consumed...

Cost: $25.00 for adults, $22.50 for students & seniors with ID

Where:
Tulsa Performing Arts Center
110 E. 2nd St.
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: American Theatre Company
Telephone: (918) 747-9494
Contact Name: Meghan Hurley
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Join us for the 59th Annual Book Fair! Saturday, February 23, 2019 8:00 am–3:00 pm Holland Hall Primary School Gym Open to the public. Tickets $1, 18 and under free. No RSVP required,...

Cost: $1

Where:
Holland Hall Primary School
5666 E. 81 St.
Tulsa, OK  74137
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Sponsor: Holland Hall
Telephone: 918-481-1111
Contact Name: Heather Brasel
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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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As Lakota artist Oscar Howe wrote in 1958, “There is much more to Indian art than pretty, stylized pictures.” This exhibition highlights this depth and the 20th century American masters who...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
View map »

More information

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
View map »


Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden
Telephone: 918-289-0330
Contact Name: Lori Hutson

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Men and women from across the American West played critical roles — both “over there” and on the home front — in helping the Allies win World War I. The American Expeditionary Force (AEF)...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
View map »

More information

Few animals conjure the power and symbolic presence of the North American bison. Whether painted on a tipi or an artist’s canvas, minted on a nickel, or seen grazing in Yellowstone National Park,...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
View map »

More information

The Museum’s Dickinson Research Center is home to more than 700,000 photographs, 44,000 books, and perhaps unexpectedly, at least 1,000 horses. Meet some of the herd in Horseplay, the new...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
View map »

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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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34th Chelsea International Fine Art Competition—Opens on February 5th, 2019   Agora Gallery is pleased to invite artists from across the globe to enter the 34th Annual Chelsea...

Cost: $45 entry fee for up to 5 images ($5 for each additional image)

Where:
Agora Gallery
530 W 25th St.
New York, NY  10001
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Sponsor: Agora Gallery
Telephone: +1 212-226-4151
Contact Name: Carolina Carilo
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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:
, OK


Sponsor: Winter's Grace Publishing
Telephone: 918-852-6311
Contact Name: C.D. Smart
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Youth members of the six area Boys & Girls Clubs compete for college scholarships in the Annual Youth of the Year competition. The winners are announced at this banquet. Volunteers making a...

Cost: $75

Where:
ORU Global Learning Center
7777 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK  74171
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Sponsor: The Salvation Army
Telephone: 918-587-7801
Contact Name: Samantha Knappen
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Cocktails, dinner and program with live and silent auctions followed by a Casino and dancing.

Cost: $200 per person, sponsorships available

Where:
The Mayo Hotel
115 W. 5th Street
Tulsa
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: Tulsa CASA, Inc.
Telephone: 918-584-2272
Contact Name: Paula McKay
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Dancing, cocktails, Cajun and jazz...all of the goodies that Mardi Gras has!  Come join New Hope Oklahoma in a night of Mardi Gras fun!  New Hope Oklahoma strives to end generational...

Cost: TBD

Where:
The Bond
608 E 3rd St
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Dancing, cocktails, Cajun and jazz...all of the goodies that Mardi Gras has!  Come join New Hope Oklahoma in a night of Mardi Gras fun! New Hope Oklahoma strives to end generational incarceration,...

Cost: TBD

Where:
The Bond Event Center
608 E 3rd St
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Cocktails, dinner and program;  silent and live auctions followed by a Casino and dancing.

Cost: $200 per person, sponsorships available

Where:
The Mayo Hotel
115 W. 5th Street
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: Tulsa CASA, Inc.
Telephone: 918-584-2272
Contact Name: Paula McKay
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Support youth leaders emerging from Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Tulsa. Each candidate is competing for higher education scholarships. Our goal is for youth leader to be a winner and advance with...

Cost: $50 Individual Tickets and Sponsor Levels

Where:
Global Learning Center at ORU
7777 S Lewis Avenue
Tulsa, OK  74171
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Sponsor: The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Tulsa
Telephone: 918-587-7801
Contact Name: Samantha Knappen
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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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6-10:30 p.m. Southern Hills Country Club, 2636 E. 61st Street. The 2019 Lunar New Year Gala at Southern Hills Country Club will be an elegant evening of candlelight, fine dining, children’s party...

Cost: $150, individual tickets; $1,000-$25,000, sponsorships.

Where:
Southern Hills Country Club
2636 E. 61st Street
Tulsa, OK  74136
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Sponsor: Dillon International
Telephone: 918-748-5613
Contact Name: Marcia Graham
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COOKING UP COMPASSION FACT SHEET ABOUT THE EVENT:  Long time donors Margo and Kent Dunbar are Honorary Chairs for the event. Now in its fourteenth year, Cooking Up Compassion raises funds for the...

Cost: $250

Where:
Tulsa Ballroom at the Cox Business Center
3rd & Houston
Tulsa
Tulsa, OK  74135
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Sponsor: Catholic Charities
Telephone: 918-508-7115
Contact Name: Jennifer Allen
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Winterset is an annual formal event of the Osteopathic Founders Foundation which brings together the osteopathic profession and their community partners to benefit projects which improve the health...

Cost: $300

Where:
Hyatt Regency Tulsa
100 E 2nd St
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: Osteopathic Founders Foundation
Telephone: 918-551-7300
Contact Name: Michele Caine
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Sunday in the Park with George follows painter Georges Seurat in the months leading up to the completion of his most famous painting, "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte." Consumed...

Cost: $25.00 for adults, $22.50 for students & seniors with ID

Where:
Tulsa Performing Arts Center
110 E. 2nd St.
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: American Theatre Company
Telephone: (918) 747-9494
Contact Name: Meghan Hurley
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Art film meets dance at Oklahoma Dance Film Festival

This year's program features more than 20 films from around the world, presented on Sunday at the Central Library.

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2.4: #KnopeLife — Anna America

Anna America took the helm at Tulsa’s Parks and Recreation department in the fall of 2018, but she is certainly no stranger to life in the public eye.

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7 strategies to help you make the A-LIST

The competition is tough for small businesses on our annual readers' choice survey, but a few smart strategies can help you get ahead.

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“Sunday in the Park” is no walk in the park

American Theatre Company prepares for the Oklahoma premiere of the very technically challenging “Sunday in the Park with George,” Feb. 15-24

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2.3: Get that “Woo!” — Tom Basler

A conversation with dueling piano phenom Tom Basler about his many reinventions, both personal and professional.

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After 60 years, Harry Cramton is still cutting hair

During his six decade career, Cramton was a traveling consultant, owned two beauty schools, ran his own shop and more.

Q&A: David Stratton

BOK Financial executive vice president and commercial banking director; 2019 Tulsa Regional Chamber chairman