The Tulsa World will mark 100 years in business Sept. 14 with a tribute featuring two former Oklahoma governors and other VIPs. The event, “Reflections on 100 years of the Tulsa World,’’ is hosted by the Tulsa Press Club. Sponsors include Cox Communications, PSO, Holland Hall, Tulsa Community College, the Coretz Family Foundation, OSU Center for Health Sciences and SBC.
The tribute will feature a keynote speech by University of Oklahoma President David Boren and remarks by members of the Lorton family. Former Gov. George Nigh will serve as master of ceremonies.
Russ Florence, president of the Tulsa Press Club board, noted that Tulsa is one of a few remaining cities in the country with a family-owned daily newspaper.
“Obviously, a community newspaper chronicles the life and times of a city. What’s not so obvious to the general public, at least in the case of the Tulsa World, are the publisher’s charitable endeavors that go unpublished and largely unnoticed. That’s a great benefit of having a locally owned newspaper.
“The Tulsa Press Club is pleased to honor the Tulsa World and the Lorton family on the newspaper’s 100th birthday. We look forward to the next hundred years, as well,’’ Florence said.
Tom Benediktson, dean of the Henry Kendall College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Tulsa, said, “The university is extremely proud of the support it receives from both the Tulsa Press Club and the Tulsa World. Their scholarship will help us prepare bright students planning to enter the field of journalism.’’
Committee members planning the event are Andrea Chancellor, chairman; Ziva Branstetter, Lauren Brookey, Mike Cooper, Richard Evans, Mercedes Millberry, D. J. Morrow Ingram, Tyra Palmer, Ashley Parrish, Stacey Roggendorff and Linda Sponsler.
The tribute will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 100 E. Second St. It begins with a 6 p.m. reception followed by dinner at 7 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will create a Tulsa World Scholarship at the University of Tulsa.
Tickets for the event are now on sale. Individual tickets are $100 while corporate sponsorship tables range from $10,000 to $1,000. For more information or to reserve tickets, call Andrea Chancellor at (918) 599-2222.