Greater Tulsa Reporter
EVENT PLANNERS: Committee members worked diligently before the Mad Hatter event. From left are Karen Kantor, Street Party Planning Committee member and community volunteer; Deborah Fritts, Street Party Silent Auction chair and director of the Cherokee Art Market for Cherokee Nation Business; Lori McGinnis-Madland, Ed.D., Street School executive director; and Katie Mabrey, Street Party 2017 chair and vice president of marketing, Mabrey Bank.
Guests wore their Mad Hatter-est of hats and Cheshire grins during Street Party 2017, held Feb. 24 at the Cox Business Center Assembly Hall. Merriment abounded with food and melodious tunes for twirling.
Street School’s annual fundraiser, Street Party, was an evening of whimsy and adventure. The event is the school’s primary fundraiser to help provide the best individualized therapeutic and educational support for at-risk students to overcome the odds and become high school graduates.
Street School is committed to addressing the 23 percent of Oklahoma students that drop out of school every year between ninth and 12th grades. Street School boasts a 90 percent graduation rate every year, disrupting the cycle of dropping out.
The Street Party fundraiser featured dinner and dancing to music from Charlie Redd and the Full Flava Kings. Additionally, there was a live auction, silent auction, wine pull, and raffle for a chance to win a trip for two to Napa Valley, California.
Live auction items included a four-course dinner for eight at The Bull in the Alley, a trip to see the Chicago Cubs, a week-long stay in Lake Geneva, Switzerland, a Colorado mountain climbing adventure with Tulsa City Councilor Phil Lakin and a dinner for 10 with HGTV’s Gardener Guy Paul James. Rick Miller served as auctioneer, and Terry Hood from KOTV6 was the emcee.
The event chair was Katie Mabrey, vice president of marketing, Mabrey Bank. Sponsors included Joseph and Virginia Dibert Foundation, The Canada Company, Philip and Miranda Kaiser Foundation, Mabrey Bank, Opportune, Platinum Mechanical, William and Susan Thomas, Robert and Jill Thomas, TMA Systems, Webco, Williams, Zarrow Families Foundation, John Steele Zink Foundation.