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DreamShip a Highlight at Patriot Golf

A highlight of the Patriot Golf Tournament in Owasso in May was the landing of the DreamShip Balloon to honor military families.

Presented by the Rite Aid Foundation, KidCents and Folds of Honor, the DreamShip is a fully operational hot air balloon, designed by the children of America’s military heroes.

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Tulsa Zoo’s ‘WALTZ on the Wild Side’ a Success

For one night only, the Tulsa Zoo’s feature presentation, WALTZ on the Wild Side, returned for an evening in old Hollywood style on June 15.

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CAN Volunteer Honored For Service

Susan Gross, center, was honored for her long-time service to the Child Abuse Network (CAN) at the organization’s annual reception in June. At left is CAN Chief Executive Officer Anna America.  In the background is CAN Chief Operating Officer Rose Turner, and at right is former CAN President Kala Sharp. Gross first joined CAN’s board of directors in 2005 and has been a dedicated volunteer, serving in many roles. The new CAN President, Tim Neuman, and the board of directors are profiled in the Business and People Notes section in this issue on page 21.

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2018 Stacked Deck ACES Volunteer for Resonance

The 2018 Stacked Deck ACES have been revealed and are pictured at right.  ACES are dedicated volunteers and supporters who have each committed to raising a minimum of $10,000 in funds/in-kind items toward the Resonance Center for Women’s annual fundraiser Stacked Deck: A Night at the Movies, Oct. 5 at the Bond Center. The cinema-themed event will include a premier viewing of That Time in My Life, a short fiction film produced by Kirkpatrick and Kinslow Productions.

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Gathering Place Announces Executive Chef

The Gathering Place will be known for its world-class designs, attractions and never-before-seen programming. The Park is also working to create a culinary experience as one of the must-do engagements for park guests. The task of delivering this culinary experience will largely depend on the menu selection and skill of its recently appointed Executive Chef Kirk Swaby.

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Journalist David L. Jones of the Tulsa Tribune Family will be Missed, Remembered

David Lloyd Jones, a member of the iconic Tulsa Tribune family, died Monday, May 14, at St. Francis Hospital following complications from leukemia. He was 79.
David was the son of longtime Tribune editor and publisher Jenkin Lloyd Jones and Juanita Carlson Lloyd Jones.

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Wealaka Presents Bronze Medal to Bixby Cadet

The Wealaka Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution was pleased to present a bronze medal to deserving cadet SSgt Kylie Ishmael at the Bixby High School Marine Corps JROTC 2018 Awards Ceremony. 

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Owasso Sailor Stays Busy in the Pacific

Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Chris Bishop from Owasso, communicates between the bridge and the mooring stations using a sound-powered telephone aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) as the ship arrives at White Beach Naval Facility for a scheduled port visit. Bonhomme Richard is operating in the Indo-Pacific region as part of a regularly scheduled patrol and provides a rapid-response capability in the event of a regional contingency or natural disaster. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Zachary DiPadova.)

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Sophie Arroyo Crowned Miss Rooster Days

Rooster Days, the oldest festival in Oklahoma, was highlighted this year with the naming of Sophie Arroyo as Miss Rooster Days. She succeeds last year’s Miss Rooster Days, Riley Savala.

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Raska’s Business and Reputation Keep Growing


As it moves ahead into yet another year of operation, a landmark Broken Arrow business just keeps growing… literally.

Charles E. Raska, along with his wife and partner Shirley, founded the operation in 1953 to provide lawnmowing and landscape services, primarily to homes and businesses in Tulsa. Expansion came in the mid-1960s with the opening of Raska’s Nursery at 824 S. Main St. in Broken Arrow.

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Assistance League of Tulsa Opens New Facility 

One of Tulsa’s most cherished non-profits, The Assistance League Tulsa (ALT), has moved to a new facility on 31st Street between Yale and Sheridan Avenues.

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Route 66 Auto Museum Dedicates 66-Foot Gas Pump

HEART OF ROUTE 66: The Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum will officially dedicated its 66-foot tall visible gas pump May 11. The huge award winning project, which took nearly two years to fully complete, is now a shining beacon attracting visitors to the museum. Present at the ceremony are, from left, State Representative Kyle Hilbert, State Senator James Leewirght, Museum Founder and President Richard Holmes, Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb and State Representative Mark Lawson.
  “We are extremely grateful to American Heritage Bank for their contribution to this huge monument. Without them, we would never have been able to build it,” said Richard Holmes, founder and president of the not-for-profit museum. “That gas pump is one-of-a kind. There is nothing like it anywhere in the world and we are really proud of it.”

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Saint Simeon’s to Hold ‘Western Days’ Fundraiser

For 22 years, donors have generously supported Saint Simeon’s, Tulsa’s Senior Community, through the Western Days annual fundraiser. Saint Simeon’s is excited to announce that Western Days 2018: Wear Your Boots to Celebrate Our Roots will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Cox Business Center in Tulsa.

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Women in Recovery Partners with Tulsa Artist Fellowship to Celebrate 23rd Graduating Class

Women in Recovery partnered with the Tulsa Artist Fellowship for its 23rd graduating class ceremony. Twenty-four women graduated at the March 27 ceremony, while a total of 28 women were awarded their well-earned certificates of completion distributed by District Court Judge Kelly Greenough.

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Hillcrest and BCBSOK Reach Agreement

Hillcrest HealthCare System (HHS) and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma (BCBSOK) have reached a multi-year agreement that maintains access to BCBSOK’s PPO and HMO networks for HHS patients.

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