“Dress for Success is about giving self-esteem and hope…It changed my life….I felt I could do anything and be anyone.” _(Client comments)_
Eighty years ago, the founders of Family & Children’s Services looked at Tulsa and saw families in need of support and relief. Eighty years later, the agency is still on the job, fulfilling its mission with perseverance, vision and hope for the next 80 years.
For more than 20 years, Iron Gate has been feeding the hungry and homeless of Tulsa in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Each weekday morning, a hot nutritious meal is served to 400—450 guests. Each Friday, about 60 grocery bags of food are given to needy families. In cold weather, blankets, hats, gloves and warm socks are distributed. On weekends and holidays, sandwiches, fruit and coffee are served with milk for the children.
Demonstrating once again their long heritage of leadership and support for our community, the Bank of Oklahoma has committed $11 million to the City of Tulsa in exchange for the naming rights to Tulsa’s new arena. The 18,000-seat, 550,000 square foot facility, designed by reknowned architech Cesar Pelli, will be known as the BOK Center.
Giving is a good thing and the professionals in the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Eastern Oklahoma Chapter have been helping those in the Tulsa area become philanthropists for 22 years.
For more than 100 years, the Tulsa State Fair has been bringing food, fun and entertainment to the citizens of northeastern Oklahoma. This year, nearly one million people will converge on the Tulsa Expo Square to enjoy the many concerts, exhibits, creative arts, concessions and the action-packed rides.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa World, the family-owned daily newspaper serving northeastern Oklahoma. Tulsa has become unusual among the nation’s major cities in that its daily newspaper remains locally-owned.
The Tulsa Drillers are in the midst of a season-long celebration to honor the 100th Anniversary of professional baseball in the city of Tulsa.
Much talk and writing has taken place over the years on how to develop the Arkansas River throughout the Tulsa area. While most people are waiting for some government agency to take action, Tulsa-area builder and developer Jerry R. Gordon took it upon himself to build the RiverWalk Crossing, an amazingly successful development on the west bank of the river in Jenks that recently held its grand opening. Ground was broken on the project in 2003, and while many people didn’t give the project much chance at first, opinions changed as the architecture and signage took place, all about the same time that the nearby Oklahoma Aquarium was becoming a popular destination.
Gilcrease Museum has long been an asset to the greater Tulsa area. It is one of the premier western and American art museums in the world.
Gilcrease has continued its excellence with the attraction of the Machu Picchu: Unveiling the Mystery of the Incas exhibit, which is on display through July 10.
Annually, more than 1,200 of 5,000 cases of abuse and neglect investigated in Tulsa County are confirmed abuse cases.
During April’s annual observance of Child Abuse Prevention Month, four local organizations have joined together to call attention to the importance of preventing these tragedies and to all forms of child maltreatment:
Since 1943, the President of the United States has proclaimed March as Red Cross Month. It is a time for the Red Cross to commemorate its past accomplishments and to look forward to future goals. Mayor LaFortune proclaimed March as Red Cross Month in the City of Tulsa.
University of Tulsa basketball player Jarius Glenn has played for the Golden Hurricane basketball team for four years. Now a senior, Glenn, from Decatur, Georgia, was recruited to Tulsa by then-head coach Buzz Peterson. Bob Gibbons All-Star Sports Report rated the 6’ 6” forward as one of the top-fifty recruits in the nation. Before Glenn enrolled at TU, Buzz Peterson surprisingly left to become the head coach at the University of Tennessee. Peterson’s other prize recruit, Nathan Dowdney, decided to play for Bobby Knight at Texas Tech. Undeterred, Glenn honored his commitment and came to Tulsa anyway to play under the new head coach, John Phillips. Glenn’s first two years at Tulsa were amazing. He played in four NCAA tournament games. The Reynolds Arena was usually packed and raucous those two years, when the team had records of 27–7 and 23–10.
Greater Tulsans join other Americans who generously donate money, time, food, clothing and other items needed for victims of the recent tsunami disaster. The hearts of members of Tulsa civic clubs, churches, and other organizations turn to relief for the victims as they look for ways to help.
Officials at the Tulsa Zoo have announced that the Tulsa Zoo is the winner of the “Zoo Tycoon 2” America’s Favorite Zoo contest. It now bears the title of America’s Favorite Zoo and received a $25,000 grant, which zoo officials plan to utilize by improving the alligator exhibit located in the Southern Lowlands building. Currently, one of the alligators has to be moved to an off-display holding area in order to get unfiltered sunshine and fresh air. “The addition of a new enclosure will give the alligators access to an outside area without moving them off-display and will allow public viewing in the area,” said Stephen Walker, Tulsa Zoo Interim Zoo Director.