Tulsa Nonprofit News You Need To Know
Exciting updates from MUSED. and the Reverse Selfie Project, Gathering Place, Tulsa County Parks and HBA Charitable Foundation.
MUSED. and the Reverse Selfie Project
On Dec. 1, Tulsa’s poetry and collaborative arts nonprofit MUSED. will host “Presidential Poetry: The Language of Leadership.” Local celebrities will read excerpts from presidential speeches, inaugural poems, personal correspondence and more. This first-time event is a fundraiser for the organization’s “The Reverse Selfie Project.”
Guests will enjoy a unique menu of former presidents’ favorite foods (with a twist) by Amelia’s chef Kevin Snell. Artisan Fine Wine and Spirits will provide wine and Champagne, and the Summit Club’s Sarah Elliott will shake up “sippies” inspired by Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Guests also will have the opportunity to compose a poem on the topic of leadership and perform their verse live with the Shelby Eicher Jazz Trio. The event, which begins at 6 p.m. at 1331 E. 35th Place, is presented by MUSED., Hemphill LLC and Sam Joyner. Tickets are $125 and can be purchased at musedorganization.org.
Sponsors include Hemphill LLC, First Oklahoma Bank, Andrew and Holly Ryan, and Guaranteed Lending Specialists LLC. Pictured at a planning meeting are event host Joyner, Kristen Bennett of Hemphill LLC and Tom Bennett III of First Oklahoma Bank.
TulsaPeople Creative Director Madeline Crawford, right, and Editor Anne Brockman, center, presented artist Tommy Lee Ball’s original painting, which was commissioned and created for the cover of the September issue of TulsaPeople, to members of Gathering Place’s executive staff. The gift from Langdon Publishing to the George Kaiser Family Foundation and Gathering Place is currently displayed on the second floor of the ONEOK Boathouse. Pictured with Crawford and Brockman are Tony Moore, executive park director; Kirsten Hein, vice president of programming; and Jeff Stava, executive director.
Tulsa County Parks
LaFortune Park has completed a $3 million renovation of its 18-hole Par 3 Golf Course. The six-month, comprehensive facelift was designed by Tulsa golf course architect Randy Heckenkemper and features new tee boxes, fairways, sand bunkers, putting greens and brighter lights, as well as updates to the driving range. Pictured at the course re-opening are: Acting District 1 Tulsa County Commissioner Michael Craddock, District 2 Tulsa County Commissioner Karen Keith, District 3 Tulsa County Commissioner Ron Peters, Tulsa County Parks Director Richard Bales, former Tulsa Mayor Bob LaFortune, Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum and Heckenkemper.
HBA Charitable Foundation
On Oct. 4, the Home Builders Association Remodelers Council and the Home Builders Association Charitable Foundation presented Revitalize T-Town, an organization that makes homes safe and secure for low-income homeowners, with a check for $41,856.50. Funds were raised at the annual Evening of Giving Gala hosted by the HBA Charitable Foundation on Sept. 20. Pictured are Jeffrey Smith, executive vice president and CEO of the HBA; Peter Grant, vice president of the Remodelers Council and owner of Grant Homes Remodel and Restoration; Jennifer Barcus-Schafer, CEO of Revitalize T-Town; Tana VanCleave, Evening of Giving gala chairwoman; Leslie Day, owner of Day Building Materials and Evening of Giving sponsor; Ed Buckingham, Remodelers Council member and owner of the Buckingham Group; and Ken Saltink, president of the Remodelers Council and owner of All American Remodel LLC.