Cocktails for crayons

New event raises funds to provide school supplies for disadvantaged students.



Nancy Bolzle, executive director of The Pencil Box; Frazier and Rep. Katie Henke, honorary co-chairs for Cocktails for Crayons; and Event Co-chair Linda Bates. Rep. Henke is a former kindergarten teacher.

Evan Taylor

The yellow school bus, boxes of crayons and the smell of newly sharpened pencils — signs of a new school year. Retired Union Public Schools teacher Jackie Swafford remembers preparing for her classroom each year. But for many teachers, that excitement is tinged with sadness. Not all of their students will be prepared for that first day.

“School supplies are something most of us take for granted,” Swafford says. “Unfortunately, the reality is that many of our students don’t have the resources to purchase them.”

To help teachers avoid the common practice of paying out of pocket to fill the gap for needy students, Swafford volunteers with The Pencil Box, a new nonprofit that provides free school supplies for teachers. Its store will open Oct. 6 at 916 W. 23rd St. 

Kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers at Tulsa Public Schools with at least 70 percent of students in the National School Lunch Program will be eligible to shop for school supplies, says Nancy Bolzle, executive director of The Pencil Box. 

“It is not unusual for Tulsa teachers to spend $500-$1,000 out of their own pockets to buy school supplies for their students,” Bolzle says. “And with additional educational budget cuts, it is a trend that will continue for some time.”    

For a $35 annual participation fee per individual, teachers will receive a gift card stocked with points that can purchase supplies at The Pencil Box throughout the year. Bolzle says the nonprofit plans to eventually serve all eligible public and nonprofit schools in Tulsa County.

To help support its mission, volunteers of The Pencil Box will host “Cocktails for Crayons” on Oct. 15 in hopes of raising not only funds for school supplies, but also awareness.

“The number of disadvantaged students that can’t afford school supplies can fill the BOK Center twice,” says Event Co-chair Mary Anne Lewis. “Through this unique and delightful event we can provide these students with the tools they need to succeed.” 

The inaugural cocktail soiree will be held in the Grand Hall of the Mayo Hotel. Internationally acclaimed Tulsa artist Otto Duecker, an American Hyperrealist painter and draughtsman and a former TPS teacher, has rendered a painting specifically for this event.

“The painting is titled ‘No Pencils, No Crayons,’” Bolzle says. “We will auction it off during the evening.”

Crayon-themed cocktails will be served to guests as they enjoy music of jazz pianist Rick Fortner. In addition, Tim Gomez, CEO of Dixon Ticonderoga, the world’s largest manufacturer of pencils and Prang art supplies, will be the featured speaker.  

“Tim is a dynamic corporate leader so committed to making a difference in the classroom,” Bolzle says. “Because of his own experiences, he understands and appreciates the importance of others stepping up and helping when some are unable.”

 

Oct. 15 — Cocktails for Crayons

5:30-7:30 p.m. The Grand Hall at the Mayo Hotel, 115 W. Fifth St. $125. Benefits The Pencil Box. Visit www.pencilboxtulsa.org.

 

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Cost: $15

Where:
Studio K (Tulsa) and Zarrow Studio (Broken Arrow(
1212 E 45th Place
Tulsa, OK  74105
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Sponsor: Tulsa Ballet
Telephone: 918-749-6006
Contact Name: Dan
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Abersons presents Pink Ribbon -- an exclusive, high-fashion fundraiser featuring a runway show by one of the world's hottest designers. Cocktails 6 p.m. | Dinner & Live Auction 7...

Cost: $1,250

Where:
Southern Hills Country Club
2636 E. 61st St.
Tulsa, OK  74136
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Sponsor: Abersons
Telephone: 918-834-7200
Contact Name: Scarlet Henley
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Folk Salad Radio Show celebrates its 20th anniversary with a potluck meal followed by a concert featuring Grammy-nominated singer songwriter John Fullbright and several other Tulsa musicians on...

Cost: $35

Where:
The Stone Church
4225 W. Fifth St.
Tulsa, OK
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Sponsor: Folk Salad Radio Show
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Join us for Nimrod Write Night, the opening event of our Nimrod Conference for Readers and Writers weekend, on Friday, October 18th, at the Tulsa Historical Society, 6:30 p.m. Write Night is...

Cost: free

Where:
Tulsa Historical Society
2445 S. Peoria Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74114
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Sponsor: Nimrod Journal
Telephone: 918-631-3080
Contact Name: Cassidy McCants
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Originally from West Africa, Kizomba is a partner dance that is a sexy addition to any Latin dance party. It is the fastest Latin growing dance in the U.S. Come and learn the basics plus a few more...

Cost: 109

Where:
THE DANCE PLACE
3310 WEST 42ND PLACE
TULSA, OK  74107
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Telephone: 918-813-6514
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Flashes of vivid colors, laughter, dancers whirling around keeping pace with the energetic music, more laughter……this is what you will experience at Guthrie Green this Saturday,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Guthrie Green
111 East M.B. Brady Street
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: SAPAF
Telephone: 918-665-6419
Contact Name: Mohan Kelkar
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Tulsa in Harmony is a congregation of community choirs, lending their voices in one accord. They sing of their hopes and their faith and aspirations of a more unified community and a more unified...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gathering Place
2650 S. John Williams Way E.
Tulsa, OK  74114
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Where:
ONEOK Field
201 N Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK
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