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Up With Trees is celebrating 40 years of planting, preserving and promoting Tulsa’s urban forest.

The nonprofit organization will celebrate on Nov. 5 at its seventh annual Green Leaf Gala, a black tie affair. In a tree-filled pavilion, patrons will be entertained with various events, including the “Bourbon, Bubbles & Bling,” “40 Golden Trees Dinner,” a live auction, games, a vodka bar, and dancing.

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KUDOS OF THE MONTH: Trust Company of Oklahoma

For Trust Company of Oklahoma, 2016 marks its 35th anniversary year, making it the oldest and largest independent trust company in the state. Trust Company of Oklahoma (TCO) opened its doors in January 1981. What started as a trust service to small local banks has grown to become the manager of more than $4 billion in assets to its clients.

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KUDOS OF THE MONTH: Tulsa Global Alliance

The Tulsa Global Alliance (TGA) is celebrating 40 years of working to connect Tulsa and Oklahoma with the rest of the world as part of a broader global community. TGA accomplishes its mission through Sister City partnerships, the International Visitors program, Kids’ World and at its annual Global Vision Awards fundraiser, which will be held Aug. 18 at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame.

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The Hardesty Center for Dance Education will open in August and serve the communities of Broken Arrow, Bixby and South Tulsa to complement Tulsa Ballet’s existing Brookside school.

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KUDOS OF THE MONTH: Sherwin Miller Museum

The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art is celebrating 50 years in 2016.

The museum offers exhibitions and educational programs that focus on Jewish culture, history, religion and art in order to accomplish its mission to preserve and share the legacy of Jewish art, history and culture.

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KUDOS OF THE MONTH: The Tulsa Drillers

The Tulsa Drillers baseball franchise is celebrating its 40th season of play this year. Professional baseball has been played in Tulsa since 1905, but the Drillers franchise was born in 1977. Local businessman Bill Rollings and Country Music Hall of Famer Roy Clark purchased a Texas League team that had been playing in Lafayette, Louisiana, and they moved it to Tulsa.

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KUDOS OF THE MONTH: Dress For Success

Dress for Success had its start in 1997 and is currently in nearly 150 cities in 20 countries. The nonprofit organization opened its Tulsa affiliate in 2001, with 2016 marking its 15-year anniversary.

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TulsaPeople magazine began 30 years ago, with its mission being to enlighten and entertain. The award-winning magazine endeavors to capture the spirit of Tulsa, spotlight local individuals, and showcase places and events that make Tulsa special.

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Monte Cassino celebrated 90 years in 2015.
Monte Cassino School was founded in the Benedictine tradition in 1926. It serves students from three years old through 8th grade. The educational mission of the school unites teachers, parents and students in the shared goal of educating each student as a child of God in innovative ways that develop the mind, heart and will. Monte Cassino provides education in reading, writing, math and the sciences for students of all backgrounds.

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KUDOS OF THE MONTH: Blue Cross Blue Shield

In November, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma (BCBSOK) celebrated 75 years in Oklahoma.

To celebrate the anniversary, BCBSOK gathered historical items to be placed in a time capsule that will be buried on the company’s property and opened at its 100th anniversary in 2040.

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KUDOS OF THE MONTH: March of Dimes

The Eastern Oklahoma division of the March of Dimes will host its 26th annual Signature Chefs Auction Nov. 13 at the Cox Business Center Ballroom. This high-profile event, chaired by State Rep. Glen and Sally Mulready, attracts hundreds of guests, philanthropists and corporations in an effort to raise funds and awareness for March of Dimes. Devin Levine, executive chef of the BOK Center and the Cox Business Center, is lead chef of this year’s Signature Chefs Auction and will coordinate culinary creations from a variety of top local chefs.

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KUDOS OF THE MONTH: Tulsa State Fair

The Tulsa State Fair Junior Livestock Auction benefits Oklahoma’s agricultural youth who participate in the Tulsa State Fair Youth Livestock Shows. Each year, thousands of animals are shown by 4-H and FFA youth across Oklahoma hoping to earn a place in the Junior Livestock Auction. The responsibilities associated with the care and development of a livestock project are considerable for a young individual and contribute toward their future success in any of their life’s endeavors. Though the competition is focused on the champion livestock projects, the champion youth across the state are the real highlight.

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This year marks the 25th anniversary for Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) in Tulsa. The hospital, which exclusively treats adult cancer patients and follows “the Mother Standard of care,” offers advanced cancer treatment to Oklahoma residents and the surrounding region.

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The 2015-16 school year marks the start of Tulsa Tech’s 50th anniversary celebration year. Tulsa Tech is the state’s oldest and largest career and technology education institution in Oklahoma’s highly-acclaimed CareerTech system. For the past half century, Tulsa Tech has provided quality, technical education to thousands of high school and adult students and delivered customized business and industry training to economic partners in the Tulsa metro area.

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KUDOS OF THE MONTH: Meals on Wheels

This year, Meals on Wheels of Metro Tulsa is celebrating 45 years of serving meals to homebound individuals.

The nonprofit organization currently delivers to homes in Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Owasso, Jenks, Glenpool and Bixby. To be eligible for the service, individuals must be unable to leave their home or require assistance to do so and be unable to prepare their own meals.

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