ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: The Up With Trees Green Leaf Gala will be held Nov. 5. From left are Event Chairs Jessica Yoon and Rania Nasreddine and Honorary Chairs Jim and Alice Costas.

Cortesy Up With Trees

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.

With the theme “Tulsa Loves Trees,” the night will be a celebration of not only Up With Trees’ 40 years but the future of Tulsa’s urban forest and the community.

Up With Trees officially began in 1976 after Tulsa Streets Commissioner Sid Patterson inquired as to the replacement of trees that were removed for a street widening project on 51st Street. Patterson went on to organize civic and community groups for his cause.

From there, Up With Trees was born, with the mission to beautify greater Tulsa by planting trees and creating urban forestry awareness through education. In the past four decades, the organization has planted over 30,000 trees at more than 500 public sites throughout Tulsa and currently maintains more than 20,000 trees throughout the Tulsa area.

For more information about the Green Leaf Gala, visit greenleafgala.org or contact Julie Davis, associate director at Up With Trees, at 918-610-8733 or julie@upwithtrees.org.

Updated 10-25-2016

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