Twenty New Leaders Work for Non-Profit
LESLIE GREGORY for GTR Newspapers
CYSTIC FIBROSIS EVENT: The Sooner Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation hosted the Seventh Annual “Tulsa’s Top Twenty New Leaders” fundraising event April 2 at the Downtown Doubletree Hotel. The 2009 honorees are, from left, Jonathan Bush, Leah Howard, Roy Nelson, Katie Mabrey, Brian Kidd, Nicole Mayes Willis, Krista Derby, Laura Blakemore, CFF Special Event Coordinator Dawnya Bean, CFF Special Event Manager Amy Blackwell, Kyle Craig, Sarah Altendorf, Katie Lieberman, Brandon Helscel, Matt Foste, April Hill, Marla Carter, Brad White, Haley Cole, Michael Elder and Teresa Fanning. Honorees not in the picture: Haley Buzzard, Margo McKoy, Alycia Highfill, Monroe Nichols, Andrew Shank, and Justin Lund.
Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disease affecting approximately 30,000 children and young adults in the United States. More than 10 million Americans (one in 31) are carriers without symptoms of the defective gene. When the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation was founded in 1955, few children lived to attend elementary school. Today, the median age of survival for people with CF is more than 37 years.
The event features a distinguished group of Tulsa’s young professionals who exemplify leadership qualities, are active in volunteer roles and contribute to the Tulsa business community. Each honoree is required to raise $3,500 in donations to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Jo Ann Winn, Executive Director, says the Sooner Chapter annually raises over $1 million net to help fund CF research. Lo Detrich and Carly Bush were chairpersons for the event. Each honoree was featured the night of the event with an award presented by the Sooner Chapter Junior Board president, Kristy DeBoer, a commendation from Governor Henry and a proclamation from Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor.
The Foundation is one of the most effective and efficient of its kind, receiving many national awards. For more information, please contact Jo Ann Winn, Amy Blackwell or Dawna Bean at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, (918) 744-6354.