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Editors Letter

No regrets this year


Event: Making the Connection


Business: Deep Roots


Passages: The Maire Hotel


Feature:Baby New Year 2014


Spotlight: Ice Cold Charity


Music: The Big 3-0


The Arts: Hello Dolly!


Calendar of Events


Last Call: All fun and games


ABB expands in Bartlesville This year’s parade of darling entries charmed us OKM launches anniversary season with events Find out what’s happening in January

Out & About: Photos from around town

BRCC’s Business and Home Show is Feb. 8 Today’s city hall was once a busy hotel Special Olympics Polar Plunge 2014

Broadway in Bartlesville brings classic musical to town

BCF Game Nite 2014 is popular fundraiser

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No regrets this year

editor’s letter

January 2014 Volume 4, Issue 1 206 1/2 SE Frank Phillips Blvd. Bartlesville, OK 74003 918.336.0681 PUBLISHER / OWNER

Chris Oldroyd EDITOR


One of my most treasured emails is a link to an article on how to defrost a turkey. To be sure it comes in handy around the holidays, but that is not why I hang onto it.This particular email is important because it is the one computer message from my mother – among all the hundreds I received through the years – that I actually saved. You can see where this is going, of course. I have the regret of not saving all those other important pieces of communication, bits of everyday life talk from someone who is very dear to me and now is less able to have the type of conversations where everything moves in a straight line. I took it all for granted naturally. In my zeal to keep the inbox in order I tossed into the trash conversations I wish I could have all over again, while saving copies of press releases for events that occur annually with the same regurgitated prose each year. I didn’t recognize what was most important. For the last five years, I’ve tried to do better at focusing on what matters. I fall short a lot, but I’m trying. And in this season of looking back over the last year and looking ahead to the new year and making resolutions on what to change, I highly recommend the simple act of intentional living.

I recommend showing up – even when it’s hard and you’d rather be just about anywhere else. Make the hospital visit, go to the t-ball game, write the letter even if you don’t know quite what to say. Choose to be a part of the lives of people who should be important to you even when it feels a little awkward. Better awkwardness now than regrets later. And while you are sorting through and clearing out the debris of the past year, make sure you save the right things. Maybe print off that note from your parents about what a great time they had coming to visit and how much they enjoyed seeing your child’s school play or ball game. Trust me on this. Someday those couple of paragraphs will become a great treasure to you. So many things that seem ordinary at that time – possibly even mundane – are what we will someday wish we could have again. I can’t go back and change any of the decisions I made, the fights I regret, the distance I placed ridiculously in my relationships. All I can do – all any of us can do – is live now with as much happy as we can until we reach ever after.


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Deep Roots

With over thirty years in the community, ABB keeps on growing

BY MIKE WILT One does not have to live in Bartlesville very long to know the name ABB and to know it has a large facility on the east edge of town. However, it could be argued that many long-time residents do not know the origins of this fine company that is celebrating its 31st year in our community. “Our company has deep roots in the community and our people are at the center of our success,” ABB General Manger Gayle Lester says. The Switzerland-based ABB dates back to the 1980s, but ABB only became a presence locally when it acquired the Bartlesville business, known as Totalflow in 1999 as part of its acquisition of Elsag Bailey. The Totalflow business was founded in 1982 through a development project of Phillips Petroleum Company’s whollyowned subsidiary Applied Automation. After a sale to German-based Mannesman in 1989 and then the subsequent sale to Elsag Bailey in 1996, the local business seems to have found a solid owner who will invest in its future in Bartlesville. 6

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In February 2013, ABB announced it would expand its Bartlesville operations by doubling employment over the next 10 years with more than 250 new employees and doubling its facility with a 100,000 square-foot addition. The third expansion since 2000, the $14 million project is to be completed this April. “We are very excited about expanding business and our manufacturing base as well as building the presence of ABB in Bartlesville,” says Lester. While Lester has been in her current position since early 2012, she has been with the company for 19 years and was instrumental in ABB’s expansion project in 2007. The local facility employs designers, developers and manufacturers of measurement products and analyzers for natural gas and liquids as well as software applications and system solutions. “The strength of the oil and gas market, specifically unconventional drilling activity, has provided our business a great opportunity for growth,” Lester says. “We have been successful in making the most of this opportunity and are very excited to be able to expand.”

And that success is not just limited to 7051 Industrial Boulevard. Every year, ABB’s Bartlesville office appoints an activities committee to not only organize events for employees, but also to coordinate annual charitable giving functions. In 2013, committee members challenged their fellow co-workers during the month of October to open their hearts to contribute food to support local charities which prepare meals for the needy. After collecting more than 5,500 pounds in 2012, ABB employees set a goal of 6,000 pounds. They collected over 12,000 pounds. They had so much food they decided to benefit four different organizations. In addition to Agape Mission, donations went to The Lighthouse, Concern Food Pantry and Washington County Nutrition Center. In December, ABB conducted its first 5-K Run to benefit Habitat for Humanity, which experienced a devastating warehouse fire. “I am very proud of the work our employees do every day, but I am even prouder of the support they provide to our community,” Lester says.

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Beautiful babies posed with hat in hand or on head for photographer Andrea Mann in our third annual Baby New Year Contest. This year’s event brought more darling cherubs to the camera than ever before. Have a peek at this year’s adorable entries! Addison

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The Big 3-0


OKM launches anniversary season with events this month

The OK Mozart International Music Festival is still six months away, but OKM will have a heavy presence throughout the state in January as the 30th Anniversary season of this “diamond in the prairie” begins in earnest. Auditions for a variety of Opera singers will be held in Norman, Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Bartlesville January 20-23 and those selections, along with the repertoire, guest artists, crossover concerts and showcase events for the 2014 festival will be announced at the annual launch party Jan. 23 in Community Hall of the Bartlesville Community Center. Tickets for the launch party are $13. “We’re excited to unveil the Viennesethemed programming for our 30th season,” OKM Artistic Director Constantine Kitsopoulos says. “This beautiful Austrian city has long been known as a center for music and was the home of the festival’s namesake, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. There’ll be food and drink and an opportunity to get excited about what we have in store.” The Jackie Myers Band, an Austin, Texas trio, will provide entertainment for

the event. JMB has become a popular act in town following several plays at Frank & Lola’s and OKM Showcase Events. Jackie is an accomplished pianist who not only pens her own soul-fueled pop tunes, but also gives solid treatment to the be-bop and jazz standards of the past. “OKM in January” continues following the launch party with two sold-out shows at Frank & Lola’s Restaurant featuring Grammy-nominated Okie songwriter John Fullbright Jan. 26-27. These two concerts sold out less than a week after going on sale - a testament to the draw Fullbright now receives and the popularity of OKM’s year-round concert series. This organization has become much more than an outlet to provide world-class music to the Bartlesville concertgoers. The festival supports arts education from the youngest age through adulthood in a variety of ways. The influence begins in elementary school. “No Child Clef Behind” is an OKM program providing instruments to children who could otherwise not afford them. Once children reach middle school, they’re eligible to enroll in master classes for the

June festival and have an opportunity to work with some of the world-renowned musicians from Amici New York. Practice and dedication to their instrument provides a chance to land students on the BCC main stage with Amici New York musicians as OKM has recently announced the “OK Mozart All-State Youth Orchestra.” As OKM auditions college and professional singers for a semi-staged opera to be presented during the festival and again promises to bring the Bartlesville Choral Society to the festival stage, the influence of this organization is indeed 80 to eighty. “As we celebrate OK Mozart’s 30th anniversary I think it’s time to be thankful to all that make it possible – our guest artists, Amici NY Orchestra, board members, donors, staff and above all, the great community of Bartlesville,” Kitsopoulos says. “This is a city that is unique in its character and commitment to the arts. I look forward to widening our circle of friends over the next 30 years and beyond.” JANUARY 2014 | Bartlesville Monthly


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Wednesday, January 1 YPB Community Service Monthly Meeting Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma Office, 511 East 11th Street 12 PM These meetings are open to everyone! Come and learn what Young Professionals is doing in the community!

Thursday, January 2 BINGO The American Legion Post 105, 501 NE Washington 7:15 PM

Karaoke Solo Club, 408 E 2nd Street 9 PM

Friday, January 3 Auditions for Little Shop of Horrors

Back Roads Band NINE18 Bar, Osage Casino- Bartlesville, 222 Allen Road 9 PM Free, live music.

John Moreland & The Dust Bowl Souls Frank & Lola’s Restaurant, 200 SE 2nd St 10 PM John Moreland is a rising star in a long list of great Okie folk singers. He’ll be joined by a fantastic band including John Calvin, Jesse Aycock and more!

Monday, January 6 Open House Elder Care, 1223 Swan Drive 10 AM Take a behind-the-scene tour of Elder Care and learn about our many programs. Coffee and Pastries will be provided.

Tuesday, January 7

Theater Bartlesville, 312 S Dewey 7 PM Director Joe Sears will hold auditions for Little Shop of Horrors.

Back Roads Band NINE18 Bar, Osage Casino- Bartlesville, 222 Allen Road 9 PM Free, live music.

Saturday, January 4

Bartlesville Regional United Way Celebration Lyon Gallery at the Bartlesville Community Center, 300 SE Adams Blvd 5:30 PM Please join us for a End of Campaign Celebration for the United Way. The total amount raised during the 2013 “Give to Live” campaign will be revealed.

BINGO The American Legion Post 105, 501 NE Washington 7:15 PM

Auditions for Little Shop of Horrors Theater Bartlesville, 312 S Dewey 1 PM Director Joe Sears will hold auditions for Little Shop of Horrors.

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Wednesday, January 8 Daughters of Lot Breakfast Adams Boulevard Church of Christ, 3700 SE Adams Blvd 9:30 AM Benefit breakfast for Samaritan Counseling and Growth Center.

Walk-In Wednesday Sugarica, 201 S Osage Ave 10 AM Stop by every Wednesday between 10 am - 2 pm for a freshly-baked treat!

A+ Rewards Washington Park Mall, 2350 SE Washington Blvd 10 AM Wednesday’s are Double Point days. Make sure to Shop and Drop.

Hell or Highwater Solo Club, 408 E 2nd Street 9 PM

Thursday, January 9 Frank Phillips Club Kress Building, 206 Frank Phillips Blvd 5 PM Monthly networking event for COP, P66, Arvest, and Truity employess. BINGO The American Legion Post 105, 501 NE Washington 7:15 PM

Solo Club, 408 E 2nd Street 9 PM

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BINGO Thinner Winner Contest Kick Off Party Jane Phillips Wellness Connection, 3500 SE Frank Phillips Blvd 7 PM

The American Legion Post 105, 501 NE Washington 7:15 PM

Saturday, January 18 Childrens Musical Theatre Audition Workshop Bartlesville Community Center Studio Theatre, 300 SE Adams Blvd 9:30 AM A workshop to help students who have never auditioned to learn how & what to prepare for an audition. Cost: $5. Call 918-336-0558 for more info.

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Children’s Musical Theatre ADVANCED Audition Workshop

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Bartlesville Community Center Studio Theatre, 300 SE

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County Road 5 NINE18 Bar, Osage Casino- Bartlesville, 222 Allen Road 9 PM Free, live music.

Saturday, January 11

Walk-In Wednesday Sugarica, 202 S Osage Ave 10 AM

Adams Blvd 1 PM A workshop to help students with Audition experience to learn advanced skills to “make the cut”. Grade: 6th-10th. Cost: $20. Call 918-336-0558 to register.

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2nd Street BBQ Battle

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Egmont Overture, and Tchaikovsky violin concerto.

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Washington Park Mall, 2350 SE Washington Blvd 10 AM

Frank & Lola’s Restaurant, 200 SE 2nd St 10 PM

Annual Mall Wide Sidewalk Sale! Thursday - Monday.

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NINE18 Bar, Osage Casino- Bartlesville, 222 Allen Road 9 PM Free, live music.

Hey Diddles String Band Frank & Lola’s Restaurant, 200 SE 2nd St 10 PM Our favorite OKC-based indie/folk/bluegrass band rolls up the turnpike for another fun show of well-crafted songwriting, old timey nods and fine musicianship!

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Sunday, January 19


Hello Dolly

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YPB Lunch at Copper Bar Price Tower Arts Center, 510 South Dewey Ave 12 PM Join us for lunch at the Copper Bar in the Price Tower Arts Center. This is an open invitation to all current and prospective members of the Young Professionals of Bartlesville to get together once a month to discuss current events, to meet new members, a

“Creating Success at Auditions” Wesleyan Christian School in Bartlesville, 1780 SE Silver Lake Road 5:30 PM


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The Get Fit Club Jumpshots NINE18 Bar, Osage Casino- Bartlesville, 222 Allen Road 9 PM Free, live music.

Jane Phillips Medical Center - lower level classroom, 3500 SE Frank Phillips Blvd 5:15 PM 10-week healthy lifestyle & weight management program. Weekly info sessions taught by a dietitian & exercise professional. Unlimited access to fitness facility.

Tuesday, January 21 Cooper Dog Park 2nd Anniversary Cooper Dog Park,, 2400 SE Adams Blvd 11 AM The Cooper Dog Park, and Bark Park Buddies are hosting a get together for the 2nd anniversary of Cooper Dog Park. More details at

“Creating Success at Auditions” sponsored by Children’s Musical Theatre Wesleyan Christian School in Bartlesville, 1780 Silver Lake Road 5:30:00 PM

BINGO The American Legion Post 105, 501 NE Washington 7:15 PM

Karaoke Solo Club, 408 E 2nd Street 9 PM

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Tuesday, January 28 Walk-In Wednesday Sugarica, 204 S Osage Ave 10 AM Stop by every Wednesday between 10 am - 2 pm for a freshly-baked treat!

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BINGO The American Legion Post 105, 501 NE Washington 7:15 PM

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Walk-In Wednesday Sugarica, 203 S Osage Ave 10 AM Stop by every Wednesday between 10 am - 2 pm for a freshly-baked treat!

A+ Rewards Washington Park Mall, 2350 SE Washington Blvd 10 AM Wednesday’s are Double Point days. Make sure to Shop

110 SW Frank Phillips Blvd 9 PM Free, Live muse at Bartlesville’s ewest restaurant.

Another Alibi 222 Allen Road 9 PM Free, live music.

John Calvin Band Frank & Lola’s Restaurant, 200 SE 2nd St 10 PM

Hell or Highwater

they’ve been begging him to return. Okie-folk music, the

Thursday, January 23 Golden Hour Elder Care, 1223 Swan Drive 5:30 PM Join us for a free social night with live entertainment, food and beverages and giveaways. No RSVP is required and is open to anyone over the age of 60.

OK Mozart’s 2014 Launch Party Bartlesville Community Center, 300 SE Adams Blvd 5:30 PM

Solo Club, 408 E 2nd Street 9 PM

Wednesday, January 29

NINE18 Bar, Osage Casino- Bartlesville,

and Drop.

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Hell or Highwater

The FnL’s crowd went nuts for John his first time in and kind of stuff that everyone expects at FnL’s.

Monday, January 27 The Get Fit Club Jane Phillips Medical Center - lower level classroom, 3500 SE Frank Phillips Blvd 5:15 PM 10-week healthy lifestyle & weight management program. Weekly info sessions taught by a dietitian & exercise professional. Unlimited access to fitness facility.

BINGO The American Legion Post 105, 501 NE Washington 7:15 PM

Thursday, January 30 Karaoke Solo Club, 408 E 2nd Street 9 PM

Friday, January 31 Three Hour Tour NINE18 Bar, Osage Casino- Bartlesville, 222 Allen Road 9 PM Free, live music.

Steve Sutherland Solo Club, 408 E 2nd Street 9 PM

The concert lineup and guest artists for the 2014 festival will be announced. Food, beverages and Jackie Myers Jazz Trio. Tickets $13. Call 918-336-9800.

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Making the connection

BRCC’s Business and Home Show 2014 matches businesses to customers

BY LAURA SUMMERS It’s winter, it’s cold and inspiring slogans to bring the customers flying in the doors are in slow supply. But life could be rich again if only there were a way to lure those customers in off the streets so they could really see what your business has to offer. Bartlesville Regional Chamber of Commerce has the answer. The annual Business and Home Show, scheduled Feb. 8, brings a crowd of around 2,000 potential customers to participating businesses each year. “It’s a great experience for our businesses,” says Chamber President Sherri Wilt. “They reconnect with old customers and they make new leads. It gives our members a way to showcase what they have to offer and hopefully get customers out of the deal.” The annual show runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Washington County Fairgrounds and admission is free. For the crowds coming through the door, the event is a bonanza of free merchandise and door prize opportunities. Businesses give away pens, pencils, calendars, candy, cookies,

magazines and treats galore. Goody bags to hold all the bounty are a must. Every booth has a door prize to be given away as well to the lucky winners whose names are drawn. There are gift baskets, gift cards, area rugs and trips to fun locales. Vendors also will have breakfast and lunch items available for purchase. “There are a lot of different home improvement type booths, as well as other businesses,” Wilt says. “The show gives a look at what Bartlesville offers and what you can get locally.” Chamber officials say the show is also a great way to introduce new products or services to the market. Businesses who have been involved in the show in past years agree. “We were so impressed with the quality of leads we got from this show,” says Clarence Henry, of Sooner Carpet. “We re-connected with former customers but also came away with very productive leads that throughout the year have turned into sales for us. We are able to establish the beginnings of a relationship at this show and that goes a

long way with people.” Vendors also are impressed with how many people attend the show. More than 2,000 came through the fairgrounds doors in Dewey for the 2013 show. Don Cole, of Autumn Exteriors, praised “the steady flow of people and were very satisfied with the contacts made.” Even during the peak periods, the layout of the show allowed for good traffic flow and for attendees to spend ample time with each vendor. For questions or more information about the show, contact Chamber Events Director Tressa Cruse at 918-336-7372 or email “We were so excited by the fantastic turnout last year of both vendors and attendees,” Cruse says. “We’re looking forward to making the experience even bigger and better this year.”

Business and Home Show 2014 February 8, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Washington County Fairgrounds 1109 N. Delaware in Dewey

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The Maire Hotel City Hall of today was once a luxurious hotel hub for business and social life

Photo courtesy of Bartlesville Area History Museum

Bartlesville’s business leaders were clear in their mission in the early 1900s. In their efforts to build a first-class luxury facility, no expense would be spared. The five-story contemporary hostelry known as Hotel Maire opened to the public 100 years ago in the heart of downtown. Today it is the nucleus for city of Bartlesville operations at 401 S. Johnstone Ave. Then it was the center of luxury – a gathering place for business and society. The first announcement for the new hotel came on Jan. 28, 1910. The proposed name for the inn changed three times in the coming days finally settling on the Hotel Maire. From the moment the idea of the hotel was given birth, news of progress on the facility ran in regular intervals during a three-year planning stage of design and construction. Each account leaked titillating glimpses meant to entice future patrons. Promised luxury, the basic theme for the expensive endeavor, evolved with each new revelation. There would be a barbershop, a tailor shop and a cigar stand. Custom-made

monogrammed dishes and silver tableware were ordered for the interior. For the exterior, four “big city” ornamental electric light posts would dress up the front of the building with large globes illuminated by electricity. Newspaper reports stirred a frenzy of interest foretelling of plans for modern day opulence, ads ran in concert with consistent reporting, and boastful details were meant to tempt local citizens to attend the coming Grand Opening Banquet. Described as “a fashionable banquet” meant to attract the elite, well-financed citizens who enjoyed social and political circles there was limited seating to the event. In December 1928, owner Frank Maire made public a newly established partnership with businessman, Clarence Burlingame. With the affiliation, the Maire underwent a christening to become the Burlingame Hotel. The inn received a $150,000 remodel including a cafeteria, dining room, coffee shop and a “mezzinine floor,” for the first floor lobby. Further progress came when air conditioning was

added in 1937 throughout the building, truly making it a five-star hotel. But time marched on eventually bringing changes and losses.The Burlingame closed its doors on Feb. 1, 1968 after 55 years. One year later, Phillips Petroleum Company purchased the building and gave it a facelift, revitalizing a still useful edifice. By June 1970, it became known as the Phillips Annex. The city of Bartlesville purchased the building in 1999 after citizens passed a bond issue to fund remodeling the structure into the City Center. The story continued for the grand inn. Hopefully the final chapter will not be written for historic Hotel Maire for many years. Passages was written this month by the Bartlesville Area History Museum staff who know well the story of the Hotel Maire as they oversee the exhibits now housed on the 5th floor of the glorious former inn. Visit the museum and the exhibit celebrating its history from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. JANUARY 2014 | Bartlesville Monthly



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The Diving Divas team returns to action year after year at Bartlesville’s Polar Plunge.

Ice cold charity BY LOU ANN MITCHELL

When the winter winds come sweeping down the plains of Oklahoma, most of us reach for coats and hats. But if you are a die-hard fan of Special Olympics Oklahoma, you might be looking for a bathing suit instead. On Feb. 1 at 10 a.m., volunteers of the Polar Plunge will brave the cold as they dive into a pool of water in support of more than 9,800 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Oklahoma (SOOK) events each year. This year’s Polar Plunge, one of 11 planned in Oklahoma, takes place in front of the Painted Horse Bar & Grille, 110 SW Frank Phillips Blvd. in downtown Bartlesville. “It’s a fun event with many people coming out just to watch those brave souls take the plunge,” says Patrick Johnson, who has chaired the Bartlesville event for the past two years. “Many Polar Plungers wear costumes and challenge their friends and neighbors to plunge and raise funds

for Special Olympics.” In 2013, Bartlesville’s 34 Polar Plungers raised $17,202. Proceeds go towards purchasing equipment, renting venues to host competitions, and helping offset costs for athletes needing financial assistance to attend State Games. Statewide last year the Polar Plunge raised over $230,000. For many, jumping into a pool of frigid water in February may not top the list of things they’d like to do. Participant Michele Blevins could not disagree more. “We love this event and look forward to it every year,” she says. Blevins has jumped in the Polar Plunge four times, three of those times with her team, the Diving Divas. “Just put a team together,” she says. “That’s the most fun - whether it’s your friends, coworkers or family - just join the lunatics. It’s crazy fun.” This year’s Diving Divas team has more than 15 members. Blevins says facing the frigid temps is easier when someone is going in with you. “The craziest time was when it was 18 degrees,” she recalls. “All I could think was

what am I doing? And yes, the water was cold.” But the Divas’ leaps of faith have paid off. Last year they raised over $5000. “We have an amazing group of ladies that all do their best to raise as much money as they can,“ Blevins says. For those wanting to take the plunge, it’s not too late. Registration is available online at For those who prefer to stay dry, spectators are encouraged to come join the fun. “If you can’t plunge, come out and watch in front of the Painted Horse. We’d love to have you,” Johnson says. You can also support the event by making a donation to the team or jumper of your choice. Participants raise money by collecting pledges from family, friends and businesses. SOOK has set this year’s goal at $275,000. To support your favorite team or jumper go to For more information on the Oklahoma Special Olympics visit JANUARY 2014 | Bartlesville Monthly


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Well, Hello Dolly Popular Broadway musical heads to BCC stage Get ready Bartlesville – it’s time to say hello to Dolly. The winner of 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical, the enduring classic musical “Hello Dolly!” is coming to town this month as a Broadway in Bartlesville feature. Tickets are on sale now for the performance slated 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at Bartlesville Community Center. Prices range from $16 to $57 for students through college age and from $26 to $57 for adults. Visit the Box Office, buy online at or call 918-336-2787 to purchase. This special Broadway production is part of a 50th anniversary tour of “Hello Dolly!” with Emmy-award winning actress Sally Struthers in the lead role as a strongwilled matchmaker. The star-studded cast for this production is traveling across the country performing on a tour that began in October and includes stops in more than 70 cities. Struthers won a Golden Globe award and two Emmy awards for her role in the television series “All in the Family,” and also starred in the CBS series “Gloria” and in the Fox series “9 to 5.” She has starred

in numerous stage roles including “The Odd Couple,” “Wally’s Café,” “Grease,” “Annie” and “Always Patsy Cline.” The much beloved musical “Hello Dolly!” was first performed on Broadway in 1964 under the direction of producer David Merrick.The show has since enjoyed three Broadway revivals, as well as being produced as a movie in 1969 with Barbara Streisand portraying the lead character. The play takes place in turn of the century New York City where Dolly, who has decided to embrace life full force, has been hired to find a wife for wealthy grump Horace Vandergelder. The production heading to Bartlesville is directed by Jeffrey Moss – an award winning director of live theater in the U.S. and around the globe. Choreographer Bob Richards brings to the stage the award-winning talent wielded in years of productions including the Broadway musical “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” With a busy slate of television and theater credits, John O’Creagh has the role of Horace. Fresh off a national tour of “West Side Story,” O’Creagh also

appeared in recent years on “Late Night with David Letterman,” “Law and Order” and “Life on Mars.” The cast also includes Matt Wolfe of Broadway’s “Scandalous” and productions of “A Christmas Story” and “Catch Me If You Can” as Cornelius Hack and Lauren Blackman (“A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,” “Next Thing You Know”) as Irene Molloy. Garett




“Mary Poppins”) is portraying Barnaby Tucker, while Halle Morse (“Mamma Mia,” “Hairspray) is playing Minnie Faye. Brad Frenette (“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”) is Ambrose Kemper and Hilary Fingerman (“The Bully,” “Anything Goes”) is portraying Ermengarde. “Hello





production in this year’s Broadway in Bartlesville series. “Memphis” arrived in November to thrill the local audience and “The Addams Family” will be performed here in February. Don’t miss this chance to catch a world class production right here at home. JANUARY 2014 | Bartlesville Monthly


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It’s all fun and games...

Bartlesville Community Foundation’s Game Nite happening Feb. 1

The power of togetherness. The new slogan for Bartlesville Community Foundation says a lot about the mission of the entity that devotes itself to helping organizations grow stronger and helping individuals channel their resources to do as much good as possible in the community. And what better way to celebrate togetherness than by playing a few games with friends? BCF Game Nite 2014 promises to be bigger and better than ever. The annual foundation fundraiser will kick off at 6 p.m. Feb. 1 at Hilton Garden Inn. Sign-ups are now underway for team play in the events at A fun evening filled with friendly competition, games and fellowship, the foundation’s annual fundraiser typically features 6-person teams who battle it out in an arena of recreational skills. The Game Nite is just one of many big events on the calendar for the Foundation, which has been a part of Bartlesville philanthropic landscape for about 15 years. The Foundation’s latest hallmark of success is broadening its donor base to include more youthful giving. 34

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“We want to get young donors involved in the community,” BCF Executive Director Shawn Crawford says. “We want to get them excited about giving.” With about $500,000 going back into the community from the foundation each year, BCF has givers of all ages donating to the many causes that are supported under the group’s umbrella of endowed funds. There are about 60 funds now supported through the foundation including some for scholarships, for future projects and for operations at various nonprofits. In addition to individual funds, BCF has two general funds to which donors can contribute and the foundation regularly helps individuals and organizations set up new funds. “The great thing about an endowment is it’s there forever if it’s done correctly,” Crawford says. The Bartlesville foundation each year honors two philanthropic families in the community who are inducted into the Legacy Hall of Fame. BCF recently launched a new grant program associated with the Legacy tradition.

It’s been a busy year at BCF since Crawford took over the top administrative post. The foundation held its first Flash Philanthropy event in the fall in which young donors (ages 21-40) pooled their resources to provide a combined $5,000 grant award to Building Bridges of Bartlesville. Also new this year are educational workshops for nonprofits with the first one launching in December when BCF devoted a day to helping groups create a development plan for their organizations. Spring brings a new event for BCF when the Green Country Fourball Championship Golf Tournament will be held at both Hillcrest Country Club and Adams Golf Course. The BCF this year is providing more opportunities for people to work together, pool their resources and money and plan for a future where as much good as possible is accomplished. The power of together. Join in the fun on Game Nite 2014 and look for ways to be involved throughout the year by following foundation news online, on Twitter and on Facebook.

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