By HENRY PRIMEAUX III
Crown Bristow and Primeaux KIA
HAPPY DEDICATION: Getting together after the ribbon cutting for the Helmerich Advanced Research Center at OSU-Tulsa are, from left, President Gary Trennepohl, Tulsa Mayor’s Representative Susan Neal, U.S. Rep. John Sullivan, OSU-Tulsa Board of Trustees Chair Glenda Love, a happy Walter Helmerich III, Tulsa County Commissioner Randi Miller, and OSU/A&M Board of Regents Jay L. Helm and Lou Watkins.
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Jane and I and all of us at Crown Bristow and Primeaux wish everybody a very Merry Christmas, happy holiday and a very happy and successful New Year!
We salute all those people who help others through difficult times, such as during our recent ice storm. Thank you to all the police, firefighters, medical personnel, clergy, teachers and all of those who work so hard for others.
We applaud Oklahoma State University-Tulsa for the dedication of the Helmerich Advanced Technology Research Center, a $43 million research facility that is expected to boost Tulsa’s economy by creating jobs and attracting industries to the area.
-Tulsa President Gary Trennepohl, Congressman John Sullivan and Tulsa County Commissioner Randi Miller joined other area legislators and dignitaries in the Atrium of the Helmerich for the dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony Nov. 29. More than 200 community members and -Tulsa faculty, staff and students took part in the celebration and guided tours of the new facility, which is, as President Trennepohl says, an example of how universities and our community can partner with the private sector to create new educational opportunities, promote research for Oklahoma industries and fuel economic growth. The Helmerich was made possible through Tulsa County’s Vision 2025 initiative, the State’s 2005 higher education bond issue and Walter and Peggy Helmerich of Tulsa. The 123,000-square-foot research center includes specialized laboratories, clean rooms, an imaging suite, advanced information technology equipment, faculty offices and two high-tech seminar rooms.
Thank you, Helmerich family, for your generosity to our region! And also thank you, Tulsa County voters!
New Year’s Eve
New Year’s Eve is always a fun time, whether staying home or venturing out to the various parties. Two events offer great ways to bring in the New Year. Chuck Cissel is hosting a Grady Nichols New Year at the Jazz Hall of Fame’s home in the Union Depot. On the billing with Grady and his saxophone will be Mary Cogan, Jenny Labow and Starr Fisher. Chuck writes about the event in his column in this issue on page B3.
Another fun event New Year’s Eve is the Inaugural Black and White Ball, a fundraiser for the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra to be held at the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel. , under the baton of guest conductor James Bagwell, will perform dance music to ring in the New Year with Guest Artist Lindsay McKee. We are very fortunate to have the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, which is critical to the success of the musical arts throughout greater Tulsa. For more information about the Black and White Ball, call Pattie Bowman at (918) 584-3645.
Primeaux is proud to welcome The Ten Tenors to the Tulsa Performing Arts Center Jan. 8-13. The popular Australian group brings their “Here’s to the Heroes??? tour to Tulsa courtesy of Celebrity Attractions. This is an amazing show and is well worth attending. For more information about the Ten Tenors and their Tulsa visit, see page B1 in this month’s issue.
Congratulations to our three Division 1 colleges in the state, which are all going football bowling this year. On Dec. 31, the Cowboys will face the Indiana Hoosiers in the Insight Bowl in Tempe, Ariz. Jan. 2 will find the Oklahoma Sooners playing the West Virginia Mountaineers in the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz., and on Jan. 6, the Tulsa Golden Hurricane will challenge the Bowling Green Falcons in the Bowl in Mobile, Ala. For those fans attending the games, have fun! For everybody staying home, have fun watching lots of television!
Come and Visit
Our Primeaux dealership continues to be number one in the region. The intersection of I-44 and Yale is completed, and traffic runs through there as smooth as silk. Crown Bristow remains a five-star dealership. Come on down to 4747 South Yale, or drive over to Crown Bristow and give us a visit. We’ll beat any deal!