Bigger and better
Recent fundraisers benefitted Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma, St. John Health System Foundation and the Tulsa Zoo.
John Bivens Images
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma celebrated a record-breaking night at “The Next Big Thing” gala June 15. A new twist on the organization’s annual Taste of Tulsa fundraiser, the event unveiled the world’s largest bowtie created exclusively for BBBSOK by the Tulsa-based Two Guys Bow Tie Co. The local retailer also created a standard-sized replica bowtie for each event donor.
Under rainbow-colored streamers at the Cox Business Center, “The Next Big Thing” patrons enjoyed food from 40 of Tulsa’s top restaurants, dancing and entertainment.
Molly Jarvis, vice president of marketing communications and cultural tourism at Cherokee Nation Businesses, received BBBSOK’s Matt Burtelow Memorial Award to recognize her longtime support of adult-child mentoring (one-to-one mentoring) as a governing board member and Big Sister.
St. John Street Party
Photos by Tom Gilbert
Rain did not keep guests from “Savoring the Summer” at the St. John Street Party on June 3. Held annually on the St. John Medical Center campus, the popular outdoor event was moved into the Holliman parking garage, which was beautifully transformed into a venue and dance floor.
Approximately 2,000 patrons sampled culinary treats from 70 of Tulsa’s best restaurants, caterers and food trucks and enjoyed full bars, wine tasting and live music from Charlie Redd and the Full Flava Kings.
St. John Street Party supports the St. John Health System Foundation and St. John programs and initiatives. It also serves as a valuable “friend-raiser” to inform party guests about programs and services available through St. John Health System.
Todd Brown and Monica Basu
Patricia Lowe, Alycia Stephens and Ashley Monday
Richard Boone and Sister M. Therese Gottschalk
Food vendors include Tulsa’s finest restaurants and tastiest food trucks.
Charlie Redd and the Full Flava Kings perform in the Holliman parkade.
P.F. Chang’s serves guests its famous lettuce wraps.
WALTZ on the Wild Side
Photos by Nick Walters
At the June 16 WALTZ on the Wild Side: WALTZ Toward a Whole New Zoo, the Tulsa Zoo transformed into a Moroccan paradise — complete with billowing teal banners, camels and belly dancers.
Guests tasted dishes from 46 of the finest area restaurants at the 27th annual gala. In the new Lost Kingdom, guests enjoyed food and libations among the ancient ruins of the jungle. Other highlights included VIP areas, an air-conditioned dance floor and live music from Professor D.
Standing for “We All Love the Tulsa Zoo,” WALTZ on the Wild Side benefitted the zoo’s capital campaign, Building Beyond Your Wildest Dreams, which launched in 2012. Building Beyond supports the zoo’s 20-year master plan.
Vibrant shades of teal, orange and gold welcome guests to the Lost Kingdom, the Tulsa Zoo’s newest exhibit complex.
Terrie Correll, president and CEO of the Tulsa Zoo
Guests dance to music from Professor D in the H.A. Chapman event lodge.
A camel is one of many “party animals” to mingle with guests.
Ashlee and Gabe Crouch and Megan Beck