John Wooley will be the featured speaker when RedFork Main Street honors a handful of volunteers and organizations Friday, Feb. 12, at its 4th Annual Awards Luncheon. The event will take place at Founders Hall at Center for Health Sciences, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
The news media is invited to attend.
The theme of the Awards Luncheon is “A Year in Review” and the program will highlight accomplishments in the area in 2009.
Several volunteers and organizations will be recognized for significant contributions to RedFork Main Street and its mission to prevent and reverse deterioration along the Southwest Boulevard corridor from the Arkansas River to 33rd West Avenue. The honorees include:
ß Shanna Gray – Volunteer of the Year. Volunteering to chair a 1st time major event can be very challenging and should probably be a bit intimidating. Not for our volunteer of the year Shanna Gray. Shanna chaired the 1st Annual “Down On Main Street” festival committee. This amazing young lady managed to orchestrate over 60 volunteers in perfect harmony. She dotted every “i” and crossed every “t” from securing permits, contacting vendors to set-up and tear down and all those many details in-between. She made sure every volunteer had a fun, rewarding experience hopefully securing their return to the 2nd annual event.
ß Down On Main Street – Community Event of the Year. This event was a first for RedFork Main Street. It was held in historic old “Downtown Red Fork”. Numerous community and civic organizations showcased their wares with the hopes of better educating the community about the rich history and cultural significance of Southwest Tulsa. Attendance exceeded 600.
ß Red Fork Art Gallery – Visual Improvement Project of the Year. Have you driven down Southwest Blvd. lately? If not, you should. Mary Jo and Charles Luster, owners of the Red Fork Art Gallery, have a new look. They have revamped the look of their façade with fresh paint and a new awning. They have also installed a new digital flashing sign that provides information about their art classes and upcoming events. These minor and relatively low cost visual improvements have created a beautiful façade on a building that is such a significant visual image along Southwest Blvd.
ß Ryan Miller – Board Member of the Year. Ryan Miller, Health Science Alumni Director, joined the RedFork Board of Directors in January of 2008. Since he joined the Board he has served on the Promotions & Organization Committees. Currently he chairs the Organization Committee. Ryan is a special kind of volunteer; he graciously volunteers for everything! Most recently Ryan organized a group of volunteers to give the Potters Clay Mission (on Southwest Blvd.) a new painted face.
ß Linda Jordan – Darla Hall Spirit Award. Linda Jordan, a life-long Tulsa native, became involved with the RedFork Main Street program in its development stage. She has served on the board of directors since the programs was accepted in 2007 and served as chair of the board for two terms until July 2009. As a continuing Board member she currently chairs the Economic Restructuring Committee. She and her husband, Gary Percefull have been property and business owners in Southwest Tulsa since 2000. Linda has served on the board of the Southwest Tulsa Community Chamber, is a member of TownWest Sertoma Club, and the Holly Refining & Marketing Community Advisory Panel. She is co-publisher of Tulsa County News, southwest Tulsa’s community newspaper. Linda believes in southwest Tulsa and the RedFork Main Street program and will do whatever is necessary to achieve anything she believes to be beneficial to the area.
RedFork Main Street is one of 41 communities in the Oklahoma Main Street program and is one of only five communities in the Urban Main Street pilot program in Oklahoma.
Oklahoma Main Street communities use the Four-Point Main Street ApproachTM to commercial district revitalization developed by the National Main Street Center. Main Street communities address and affect change in economic development, design aesthetics, promotions and community restructuring, to rejuvenate the core commercial district.
The RedFork Main Street office is located at 2840 Southwest Boulevard. Anyone interested in getting involved as a volunteer with the RedFork Main Street program may contact Jen Fenley, Program Assistant at (918) 445-4457 or email@example.com.