Tulsa Philanthropists, Volunteers to Be Honored by AFP


The Association of Fundraising Professionals Eastern Oklahoma Chapter will host its 25th Annual National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to communities and organization throughout the area.

Among those honored will be Robert D. Thomas and William F. Thomas of Senior Star Living as “Outstanding Philanthropist” for their continued promotion of philanthropy in the Tulsa community not only through their own generous giving, but through their hands-on involvement in many of Tulsa’s organizations. Robert and William serve on many boards throughout the community including the Alzheimer’s National Board of Directors, American Senior Housing Association, Sooner Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Tulsa Community Foundation.

Jacqueline Kouri will be recognized as “Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser” for her continued service to the Tulsa community and for her demonstration of the true spirit of volunteerism by exhibiting a contagious passion for community involvement and service. Kouri is a community volunteer and serves on the Board of Directors for the Tulsa Ballet and the Alzheimer’s Association.
Janis Updike Walker, MA, CFRE will be honored as “Outstanding Fundraising Executive” for over 30 years of service working for area non-profits and her ongoing example to her peers and the entire Tulsa community of professionalism, ethics and involvement in the area of philanthropy. Walker is the Director of Development for the Philbrook Museum of Art.

Youth Philanthropy Initiative will be honored as “Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy” for their leadership and creativity in implementing the ADAP program in area schools to educate and assist teens dealing with depression. Youth Philanthropy Initiative (YPI), funded by the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, is a youth-led organization made up of a diverse group of high school students from the Tulsa area. Teens are grouped into cohorts, which run for up to three years and work to make a positive, lasting difference on an issue facing Tulsa teens.

The event’s emcee will be KJHR 2 News Anchor Russ McCaskey. Featured speaker will be Simone P. Joyaux, ACFRE, principal and owner of Joyaux Associates. The luncheon is sponsored by the George Kaiser Family Foundation and will take place Nov. 29 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel at 616 W. 7th St in downtown Tulsa. Tickets are available for $35 per person and reservations are required. Make checks payable to AFP National Philanthropy Day and mail to Martha Desmond, Operation Aware, 7226 E. 41st St., Tulsa, OK 74145
The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) represents nearly 28,000 members in more than 190 chapters throughout the world, working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education and certification programs. The association fosters development and growth of fundraising professionals and promotes high ethical standards in the fundraising profession.

Updated 11-20-2007

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