Saint Simeon’s ‘Oil Patch Party’ a Huge Success

Saint Simeon’s Foundation’s 11th Annual Western Days “The Oil Patch Party of the Century” was a tremendous evening. The event proved to be bigger and better than ever with over 550 friends, family and residents of Saint Simeon’s Episcopal Home enjoying the celebration on the beautiful grounds of the Home, the site of the future Assisted Living and Wellness Centers, with a spectacular view of downtown Tulsa. The record net proceeds in excess of $325,000 will go to fund furnishings and equipment for the new Assisted Living and Wellness Centers at Saint Simeon’s.

Lindsay Hurley Fick, president and CEO of Saint Simeon’s, welcomed the crowd and expressed her thanks to each guest present for helping the Foundation exceed this year’s event goal of $300,000.

Jim Furman, vice president of Saint Simeon’s Foundation Board of Trustees, introduced George and Phyllis Dotson and thanked them on behalf of the Trustees for their leadership and their service as co-chairs for the “Our Next Chapter: Building with Love!” Capital Campaign.

Phyllis Dotson shared the previous “chapters” of Saint Simeon’s history since its beginning in 1960 with a slide show of trustees and donors over the past 47 years. Many in the crowd were recognized for their ongoing support since the very beginning of the home. After a brief presentation describing the new project, George Dotson announced that $20 million of the $21.6 million goal has been reached. He recognized the Capital Campaign Cabinet for helping ensure the success of the fundraising efforts to date. In addition to Campaign Co-Chairs George and Phyllis Dotson, the Cabinet includes: Honorary Co-Chairs Malcolm and Pat Deisenroth, Mary Ann Hille, Maggie Hille Yar, John and Lucy Barker, Don Betts; the Rt. Rev. and Mrs. William Cox, Frank and Gayle Eby, James D. Harvey, Bob and Millie Millspaugh, Marilyn Morris, the Rev. Canon John C. Powers and William S. Smith.

Stephen Mason, executive director of Saint Simeon’s Foundation Board, recognized Ann Shannon Cassidy, event chair, and Cathy Mayo Moore, patron chair, and thanked both for their work and leadership in making the event a success.

Cassidy expressed gratitude to the Underwriting and Presenting Sponsors, all of the donors and the in kind contributors. She praised the hard work of the Advisory Committee, Patron Committee, Auction Committees and all the volunteers and staff.

Stephen Lake, chairman of Saint Simeon’s Episcopal Home Board of Trustees, recognized the efforts of the Foundation and Auxiliary for support of the Home and recognized Lindsay Hurley Fick and the Home staff and all they do in support of the residents and families at the Home and at Adult Day Services.
George and Phyllis Dotson introduced Bob and Millie Millspaugh, honorary chairs for Western Days, who happened to be celebrating their 57th wedding anniversary. The event program included tribute quotes from several friends of the Millspaughs with a special tribute from their son, Clark Millspaugh, on behalf of their family. He noted, “They have been blessed their whole lives to share a passion for the church, their family, travel and friends.”

A special musical tribute to Bob and Millie with lyrics written by Chris Smith, Life Enrichment director, was performed by four staff members. The Dotsons announced a donation from Saint Simeon’s Foundation to the Resident Benevolent Fund as tribute to the Millspaughs for their many years of generous support and loving service to the Home.

Before enjoying the wonderful, “Oklahoma Centennial Blue Plate” dinner catered by Freddie’s Bar-B-Que and Steakhouse of Sapulpa, guests had an opportunity to bid on the silent auction items and to purchase homemade treats and crafts donated by the Saint Simeon’s staff members. Guests were also able to make special donations and tributes that will benefit participants at Adult Day Services and residents of the Home with funds for outings, entertainment, animal therapy and the Ice Cream Parlor. After dinner, Tommy Williams of Williams and Williams Auctioneers led a lively auction of more than 20 fabulous offerings.

The success of the evening was credited to the hard work of more than 75 volunteers and staff members who planned and organized the fundraiser, as well as the many vendors who donated goods and services.

Updated 11-07-2007

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