All in a day’s work
Recent fundraisers for Tulsa Area United Way, Tulsa Charity Fight Night Inc., Tulsa Community College Foundation and the Take a Seat Initiative.
Day of Caring volunteers Nancy Austin, Sherra Breshears and Pennie Stong from Matrix Service Co. work on a landscaping project at the Global Gardens location at Eugene Field Elementary.
Courtesy Tulsa Area United Way
More than 5,000 volunteers worked on 400 community service projects at the Tulsa Area United Way’s annual Day of Caring on Sept. 8. The Tulsa Day of Caring is one of the nation’s largest single days of community service, according to the TAUW.
The morning kicked off with a free breakfast and program at Central Library. There, the TAUW Trailblazers — companies and organizations that conduct their United Way fundraising campaigns during the summer — revealed their results: $3,411,188. That’s more than 10 percent of the $25 million goal for the 2017 TAUW campaign.
Next, volunteer teams deployed to area nonprofits, schools, municipalities and senior citizen organizations to help where they were needed. Some of Tulsa’s largest employers participated in Day of Caring, including the Williams Cos., which provided 425 volunteers, the most from a single company.
Tulsa Flight Night
Photos by John Bivens Images
More than 800 guests gathered at Tulsa Flight Night on Sept. 14 at the Tulsa Community College Aviation Center. Highlights included an outdoor air show with full-scale and radio-controlled aircraft, as well as dinner and a live auction. Patrons also were treated to an entertaining indoor drone show from Dronisos.
The Tulsa Flight Night event is operated by Tulsa Charity Fight Night Inc., a nonprofit supporting STEM education programs and projects that inspire curiosity and learning in tomorrow’s leaders. The charity was founded by the late Ray H. Siegfried II.
Funds raised at the event for the Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance and Fab Lab Tulsa will be announced at a special check presentation later in the year.
Full-scale aircraft entertained guests for an outdoor air show.
TPC Studios planned the event, which was catered by PARTYServe.
Patrons gathered outside to watch the air show before dinner and the live auction.
The 2017 Flight Night co-chairs: Terrell Siegfried, Milannie Siegfried, Meredith Siegfried, Bailey J. Siegfried, Hastings Siegfried and Raegen Siegfried
Bailey J. Siegfried and the STEM Innovator award winners: Tom Powers of Bixby Intermediate; Jennifer Farley of the Owasso Seventh Grade Center; Andrew Smith of Central High School; and Ryan Glaze of Jenks East Elementary. Each educator received $2,500 toward professional development or classroom needs. Smith also received the Overall Innovator award and received an additional $5,000.
Vision in Education Leadership Award Dinner
Photos Courtesy TCC
Presented by the Tulsa Community College Foundation, the 2017 Vision in Education Leadership Award Dinner on Sept. 14 raised more than $370,000 to fund academic and leadership opportunities for TCC students.
The evening’s purpose was two-fold. First, it honored Alison Anthony, the newly named chief operating officer of the Tulsa Area United Way, for her support of education and her commitment to diversity and inclusion.
The dinner also marked the 10th anniversary of Tulsa Achieves, a program that has served as a nationwide model for public higher education. Tulsa Achieves has helped 17,722 students attend college and covers tuition and fees after federal student aid is exhausted.
The Cox Business Center hosted the dinner and program. The event raised the most money in its 18-year history.
The 2017 Vision in Education Leadership Award is presented to Alison Anthony (second from right) by Leigh Goodson, TCC President and CEO (far right); and Alana R. Hughes, chief operating officer for the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation (second from left). Libby Johnson, Vision honorary co-chair, applauds.
Vision honorary co-chairs Michael and Libby Johnson; Keondra Doyle Hampton, TCC graduate and Tulsa Achieves 2007 student; and Lauren F. Brookey, TCC vice president for external affairs and president of the TCC Foundation
Steve Malcolm, former Williams CEO, was master of ceremonies.
Take a Seat Birthday Celebration
Bill Lobeck and Kathy Taylor invited 55 of their friends to their home Sept. 24 to celebrate former Mayor Taylor’s birthday. The dinner was part of the Take a Seat initiative of the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma to raise awareness about the issues of hunger in our community.
Taylor was honorary chairwoman for the Take a Seat initiative, which asked Tulsans to gather their friends, family and/or co-workers between Sept. 22 and Oct. 1 to share information and raise money to feed people struggling with hunger. More than 30 Take a Seat events, including the Lobeck-Taylor event, occurred across the city, raising more than $40,000 for food bank programs.
Joey Wignarajah, Kathy Taylor, Ben Stewart and Chris Murphy
City Councilor Anna America and Monique Hilaire
Roy Peters, Keith Ballard and Wes Mitchell