Drillers Stadium to Host Special Events in 2006

Drillers Stadium will be a busy venue during the months of April and May. In addition to hosting 28 regular season Tulsa Drillers games, the stadium will host a pair of NCAA match-ups and a pair of high school doubleheaders.

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Tulsa Attorney Named Head of O.C.C.J.

Tulsa attorney Oliver Howard has taken the reins as president of the Oklahoma Conference for Community & Justice. His two-year term begins immediately.

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Library to Salute Mankiller

Wilma Mankiller, the first woman principal chief of the Cherokee Nation, will receive the “Circle of Honor” award March 11, 10 a.m., at Central Library, Fourth Street and Denver Avenue. Family programs will continue throughout the day featuring dancers, storytellers and crafts.

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Excelencia Award Recipients to be Honored

Anthony Perez of Pump and Seal Improvements, Schnake Turnbo Frank, Inc. and Bank of America will be honored for their dedicated support to Tulsa’s Hispanic business community at the sixth annual Excelencia Awards Dinner on March 2, 2006.
The event’s theme is “Progressing Together: For a Better Future.” It will be hosted at the DoubleTree Hotel at Warren Place by the Greater Tulsa Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Anthony Perez will accept the Avance Award, given to Tulsa’s Hispanic Business of the Year. This award profiles a growing and successful Hispanic business contributing to Tulsa’s economic growth and expansion.

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Press Club Honors Henry Bellmon as 2006 Headliner

The Tulsa Press Club has recognized one of Oklahoma’s most distinguished statesmen, Henry Bellmon, former Oklahoma governor and U.S. senator, as its 2006 Headliner honoree.
Proceeds from the Feb. 24 dinner at the Tulsa Renaissance Hotel and Conference Center will fund a scholarship at Oklahoma State University, Bellmon’s alma mater.

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Student Awarded by National Cystic Fibrosis Organization

The Heroes of Hope Living with CF Program Advisory Panel has named Hannah Hensel as the December 2005 award recipient in recognition of her positive attitude and tenacious spirit. The Heroes of Hope program honors people with cystic fibrosis (CF) who give hope to others.

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Work Begins at Skelly Stadium

Work will continue on the Case Athletic Complex immediately. Excavation has begun in the north end zone of Skelly Stadium where the new football and academic center will be located.
This three-story, 30,000 square-foot structure will consolidate football operations and provide a dramatic anchor to Skelly Stadium.

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The Big Easy is Rising; We’re Headed to the Mardi Gras!


I am happy to report that our Web site, www.bigeasyrising.org, is up and running to help support our nonprofit 501©(3) Oklahoma foundation, Big Easy Rising, Inc. Please check out this site to learn more about our nonprofit organization and the need to help small businesses impacted by Hurricane Katrina and the resulting flooding.

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Get Away for Great Romance!


On its face, a day focused on celebrating love and those you love sounds like a good thing. Except….February 14 is close to the holidays and all the ‘gift giving’ pressures that comes in that merry season. For many, buying the perfect gift or planning the perfect night just means an ever-increasing level of anxiety. For some, it challenges a relationship like no other event. What to do? What to buy?

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Tulsa’s Forrest Gump to run with Special Olympic Athletes

Tulsa’s Forrest Gump (Steve Kime) will run with Special Olympic athletes in a on-block exhibition run at the 24th annual St. Patrick’s Day 5K on March 11. The race has a history of being one of the top 5K races in Oklahoma. Last years race had over 1,000 runners. This race has a tradition of kicking off the racing season for runners in Oklahoma.

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Supersized: Bigger and Better


In the days of supersized meals and oversized SUV’s it’s no wonder the time would come when bigger is better would make its way into the fashion industry. We started to see this trend coming into effect last summer with the emergence of gigantic sunglasses and enormous handbags.

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Museum of American Art Being Built in Bentonville

A major new art museum and cultural center is being built within walking distance of the Bentonville town square. Construction is set to begin in the fall of 2006. The museum, Crystal Bridges, takes its name from an inspired glass-and-wood design that traverses a local spring-fed stream. Designed by Boston-based architect Moshe Safdie, the museum is expected to open in May 2009 and will present perspectives on the flow of America’s history and heritage through the eyes of the nation’s most influential artists.

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Reverse Mortgages Gaining in Popularity for Retirees

Reverse mortgages are becoming popular among many Americans who have retired and continue to own their homes.
Cindy Thomason, vice president of mortgage lending for the First Pryority Bank in Tulsa, explains that a reverse mortgage is a loan that allows seniors to use the equity they have accumulated in their homes over the years to improve their quality of life and knock down the financial barriers to independent living.
By converting equity into income, a reverse mortgage is a way for people to stay in their homes and receive cash for any purpose, whether it’s day-to-day living expenses, home remodeling or repair, paying off existing debt, earning a college degree or traveling the world.

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American Background Checks Partners for Volunteers Screening

American Background Checks, a leading, national provider of employment background screening, and Volunteer Central of Greater Tulsa have partnered to introduce Volunteer Check.
This new initiative is available exclusively to members of Volunteer Central to provide affordable criminal background checks for prospective volunteers and staff.

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