Cooking Up Compassion Benefits Catholic Charities

GOOD TIMES: From left, Chef Devin Levine, CEC, Barb Drotar, chair, and Deacon Kevin Sartorius, executive director, are ready to “Laissez les bons temps rouler” at Cooking Up Compassion on Feb. 6.

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Catholic Charities’ 11th annual Cooking Up Compassion is almost here. It will be held Saturday, Feb. 6 in the Tulsa Ballroom at the Cox Business Center. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Cooking Up Compassion provides an opportunity to support Catholic Charities’ 14 programs and learn more about the services they provide to more than 60,000 people each year. In its first 10 years, the event raised more than $5.5 million for Catholic Charities’ mission to be Christ’s love to those who suffer.

Guests are encouraged to “laissez les bons temps rouler!”…or “let the good times roll!”…at this year’s event, which features a Mardi Gras theme complete with Jazz music by Mike Cameron Collective and end-of-the-night dancing and entertainment by Zodiac. An appetizer hour by some of Tulsa’s finest chefs and dinner by Devin Levine, , will be followed by a live auction and the “live surprise.” Raffle tickets are available for a chance to win an Apple Watch, an hors d’oeuvres party for 30 by Chef Devin Levine, private dinner for eight at The Tavern’s Chef’s Table, a golf outing for three at Southern Hills Country Club, or dinner and two club-level seats for Selena Gomez at the Center. Raffle tickets are available to anyone, and individuals need not be present to win.

The event will be emceed by Julie Chin, who will team up with auctioneer Josh Houk of Stokes Auction Group for a five-item live auction and a “live surprise.” The auction includes a Dallas Cowboys suite package, a week at a beach house in Florida, a gourmet French meal for 12 by “three ordained friends,” a Carrie Underwood concert package, and a 6-course meal for eight by Chef Devin Levine. The live surprise is…well…a surprise!

Bill and Barb Drotar are this year’s event chairs. Jim and Mary Bush are chairing the Patron Committee with help from Andrew Altendorf, John and Sheryl Boone, Kevin and Kim Clement, Patrick Keegan, Sally Minshall, Tim O’Sullivan and David and Laurie Perkins. Other committee members include Laura and Scott Andrews, Jacquelyn Bassett, Laura Ellsworth, Maggie Ellsworth, Denise Leonard, Connie Leos, Annabelle Miller, Patti Nichols, Candice Steichen and Linda Woodard.

Presenting Patron is the Mary K. Chapman Foundation. Platinum Patrons are Bob and Fran Biolchini, Jim and Mary Bush, Kathy S. Craft, Barb and Bill Drotar, Kent and Margo Dunbar, Randy and Jean Foutch, Ruth K. Nelson and Tom Murphy, the O’Boys Group, and Alan Staab and Sharon Voskuhl. Gold Patrons are Bank of Oklahoma, John and Kristie Gibson, Littlefield Agency and Blake & Mandy Atkins, Sally Minshall and Family, John and Julie Nickel, SemGroup, and Bobbie and Wally Whaling.

Individual tickets are $150 each, or $75 each for those ages 21-29, and patron levels start at $3,000 for a table for 10 people. Cocktail attire. Mardi Gras masks and beads encouraged. For reservations, contact Heidi Jackson at 918.508.7115 or, or register online at

Updated 01-25-2016

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