Children’s Medical Charities Association, formerly Children’s Medical Center Auxiliary, has awarded $84,000 in Grants to 25 local non-profits benefiting children 18 years old or younger. The grants were presented to the recipients by Ken Busby, Executive Director and CEO of the Route 66 Alliance.
This total is generated from the 2019 sales from CMCA’s resale shop, The Market at Pearl, located at 1020-F S. Rockford in The Pearl District. The shop, sponsored by Hillcrest Healthcare, is operated 100 percent by volunteers during the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Any 501(C)(3) organization benefiting children 18 years and under may apply for a 2020 grant using the website cmcatulsa.org. Since the inception of the grant program in 2005, CMCA has awarded $1.3 million to agencies “Helping Kids Get Better.”
All donations are tax deductible and may be brought to the shop during business hours. For any additional information, call 918-779-6332.
Grant recipients are:
Community Action Project (CAP), Catholic Charities, City Year Tulsa, Community Food Bank, Counsel Recovery/CALM, Day Spring Villa, Emergency Infant Services, Hope’s Crossing, Iron Gate, Little Light House, New Hope Okla., Oklahoma Heart Gallery, Parent & Child Center, Parkside, Pregnancy Resource Center, Reading Partners, Saint Catherine School, San Miguel School, Sistema Tulsa, Tulsa Advocates for the Rights of Citizens (TARC), Tulsa Ballet, Tulsa Boys Home, Tulsa Community College, Tulsa Symphony and Youth Services
The CMCA dates back to 1926 when The Children’s Medical Center first opened its doors. Since then the organization has acquired nonprofit status and has been serving the Tulsa community through grant funding.
Throughout the years CMCA has donated over $1.1 million in grants to different non-profits who help serve children in the Greater Tulsa area. The Market at Pearl Thrift Shop supports CMCA. Profits from the store at 1020 S. Rockford Ave. funds the mission of the CMCA. The thrift store is run entirely by volunteers, and every dollar made is given to CMCA to help assist local children and families.
Along with the grant of $84,000, CMCA has already given an additional $5,000 to The Hospitality House of Tulsa. The Hospitality House provides meals, lodging and services to families who travel to Tulsa for medical attention.
“From the beginning, Children’s Medical Charities Association has been focused on serving Tulsa’s children. We are proud to be able to continue that support nearly a century later,” said Board President, Michele Denton.
According to CMC’s history written by Betty Lee Sadler, by 1958, the auxiliary had grown into one of the largest volunteer organizations in the Southwest. As the needs and numbers of children grew, auxiliary members marshaled their talens to create exemplary fundraising programs, helping to fill CMC’s financial voids. The orthopedic appliance and trust funds were either set up by or received sizeable donations from the auxiliary.
It financially supported similar CMC programs through small fundraisers ranging from the sale of cookbooks and the creation of a snack bar stocked with home-baked goods to large public events, such as the Tulsa Charity Horse Show.
From 1954 to 1962, The Junior League of Tulsa and the Auxiliary co-sponsored the Tulsa Charity Horse Show. In 1963, the Auxiliary became the sole sponsor and ran it for at least another 35 years. The Horse Shows’ proceeds given to CMC exceeded $1.2 million.
In the 1970s, industrious members established an Arts and Crafts Show, the first major project done entirely by the auxiliary. The show, which later became a juried arts and crafts show, gained the reputation of being one of the best in the region and flourished for at least 25 years. Nearly $1 million was given to CMC from its proceeds.
In 1975, the auxiliary took on another major fundraiser – the Roy Clark Celebrity Golf Tournament, All eyes in Tulsa and nationally were on CMC. The celebrity tournament drew internationally acclaimed entertainers and sports figures and evolved into the Roy Clark Senior PGA Tournament Challenge. The golf tournaments lasted nine years, requiring an average of 5,000 volunteer hours per tournament and garnered more than $800,000 for CMC.
To find out more information about the Children’s Medical Charities Association and The Market at Pearl Thrift Shop, visit cmcatulsa.org.