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Social Datebook 2016

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Now, More Than Ever Giving to others is part of the fabric of Oklahoma. During times of disaster, either natural or manmade, and crisis, our state comes together to help those in need. Now, more than ever, the state’s 17,000-plus nonprofit organizations need help. Organizations that provide social services to the challenged and disadvantaged are helping an increased number of individuals in our communities. More and more Oklahomans are being diagnosed with diseases and conditions that need cures; numerous organizations in the state raise funds for research and to assist those afflicted. Nonprofits based in Oklahoma also reach beyond our state’s – and even country’s – borders to aid the plights of those suffering throughout the world. Money isn’t the only way to give. Sure, these organizations appreciate cash donations, but they also appreciate the time, talents and skills you have to share. Nonprofits in Oklahoma certainly won’t turn away anyone who wants to help their causes. Consider the following pages a guide to giving. Each year, the Social Datebook provides information on how to give to nonprofits and ideas and inspiration for improving those gifts. This year’s edition provides just that, along with a handy schedule of nonprofit events held throughout the year. Whether you’re in Tulsa or Oklahoma City, there are plenty of opportunities to give and events to attend to support a wide range of causes. Flip through the pages, and highlight a few key events that you’re looking forward to this year. These fun galas, cocktail parties, competitive races and even trivia nights are a great way to meet new people, sample great food and have a lot of laughs, all in the name of a good cause. I hope you will make the most of the information contained in Oklahoma Magazine’s 2016 Social Datebook and use it as a starting point to give more than ever. Vida Schuman Publisher

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Red Ribbon Gala

Please save the date for Red Ribbon Gala benefitting Tulsa CARES. Honoring Patricia Chernicky Event Chairmen, Ryan Jude Tanner and Jay Krottinger

February 27, 2016 Cox Business Center

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No Longer Just Black Ties Many nonprofit groups reach out to new audiences through innovative fundraisers. During the year, there’s certainly no lack of charity events to attend, from sporting functions to elaborate black-tie dinners. Charitable giving can be as simple or involved as a person wants it to be, from writing a personal check to a favorite charity or buying tickets to attend an evening gala complete with local personalities. With thousands of nonprofits in Oklahoma, the process of selecting which organization to support can feel like a daunting task. Many potential donors may also be tired of the formulaic letters, luncheons and dinners, and other 6 SOCIAL DATEBOOK | 2016

standard fundraising approaches. “There’s a lot of competition for the almighty dollar,” says Howard Barnett, president of OSU-Tulsa, and a past president of the National Council of Nonprofits. This forces many nonprofit organizations to get creative and keep patrons engaged. Organizations must also consider the broader economic picture. “The nonprofit sector tends to take longer to recover after a recession,” says Barnett. Demand for nonprofit services remains high, and according to recent data from the Nonprofit Finance Fund, more than half of all nonprofits continue to report that they will not be able to meet those demands. Meredith Woodbridge, the communications


coordinator for Alzheimer’s Association’s Oklahoma Chapter, says that’s why the Chapter hosts three annual events to support their endeavors. “The Memory Gala (in Tulsa and Oklahoma City), the Walk to End Alzheimer’s (in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Lawton) and the AWARE Luncheon (Alliance of Women for Alzheimer’s Research and Education – in Tulsa and Oklahoma City), all target a different demographic of people affected by Alzheimer’s disease,” says Woodbridge. Another example of a charity getting creative with annual fundraising efforts is the Firehouse Art Center, in Norman. The Firehouse Art Center hosts an annual Chocolate Festival, which is ranked third among food festivals in the United States by the Food Network. Every year the festival tempts chocolate lovers with more than 25,000 chocolate samples to taste. Firehouse Executive Director Douglas Shaw Elder says the event is the Firehouse’s only fundraiser and acts as a way to raise funds, educate the public about what the Firehouse does and also promote arts education awareness. Up With Trees in Tulsa is another nonprofit organization that reaches out to new audiences through diverse fundraisers. Since 1976, Up With Trees has been working to beautify greater Tulsa by planting trees and creating urban forestry awareness through education. The organization also partners with local groups and companies to give Tulsa a landscape that will benefit future generations. “The Up With Trees staff works to make sure that every fundraiser we do becomes a full-blown campaign that involves multiple interactions with potential donors, whether that is through social media, email, phone calls or letters,” says Julie Davis, associate director of Up With Trees. Up With Trees developed an annual Tree-via event two years ago that brings together individuals and teams to compete in a fun evening of trivia, says Davis.

“Teams often make their own T-shirts, and they bring their own centerpieces as part of the spirit competition of the event,” she says. According to data kept by the National Council of Nonprofits, there are more than 17,000 nonprofits in Oklahoma, employing more Oklahomans than the energy industry. That’s a significant impact. With today’s creative fundraisers and campaigns, keeping Oklahoma’s nonprofits thriving can be as enjoyable as eating chocolate or playing trivia - all while getting a tax deduction. SHARON MCBRIDE

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GIVE A LITTLE Think outside the box when it comes to donating to nonprofits. With more than 17,000 nonprofits in Oklahoma, there are plenty of opportunities for Oklahomans to give back. While monetary donations are a preferred option for giving to organizations, there are other ways to contribute. Nonprofits also need time and talent. “People can give cash or stock gifts to nonprofits, and, if these gifts are unrestricted, that is most helpful,” says Daniel Billingsley, vice 8 SOCIAL DATEBOOK | 2016

president of external affairs for Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits. “However, nonprofits also need in-kind donations, such as goods and even some services. Of course, volunteerism through committee service, board service or an extra set of hard-working hands is much appreciated.” The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits serves more than 800 organization members across the state but is open to any nonprofit, church or faith-based organization. While volunteering or donating items is helpful, Billingsley says monetary gifts are the ones that keep on giving. The funds donated help


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nonprofits reach real people in Oklahoma to change lives and improve communities. “The largest need is unrestricted cash,” he explains. “Nonprofits, especially at the end of the year, need our contributions to succeed. Oklahoma is an incredibly generous and philanthropic state and we are all philanthropists, no matter how large or small a gift.” Brent Ortolani, vice president of marketing for Tulsa Area United Way, says there are several kinds of opportunities for volunteering with United Way, but agrees with Billingsley about monetary donations. “No gift is too small, and every bit helps,” he says. “All money raised here stays here. Each United Way in the U.S. operates on a completely independent basis. Funds are invested in the Tulsa Area United Way’s 60 partner agencies following a rigorous, volunteer-driven approval

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process. In addition, the local United Way funds collaborative projects among multiple agencies in the community and awards social innovation grants to new, smart ideas that tackle social challenges.” Many in the community can participate in United Way partnership campaigns through their workplace and take advantage of monthly payroll deductions. Women also have the chance to develop their leadership skills, volunteer in the community and network with their peers by joining the Tulsa Area United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council. “Women who join the Women’s Leadership Council can participate in a wide variety of volunteer activities including reading to children in Tulsa public schools,” Ortolani says. ALAINA STEVENS

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Planning, from A to Z Planning ahead is the key to hosting a successful fundraising event. Fundraisers and charity events are great money makers for nonprofit organizations, both big and small, but they can be a little tricky to pull off successfully. Here are a few tips that encompass everything to make any size event a success. According to Talmadge Powell, the founder, principal and namesake of Talmadge Powell Creative LLC in Tulsa, planning any charity event should start with a detailed task list. “The devil is in the details – ideas, time, per 12

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sonnel and budget,” says Powell. “The minutest details are considered and can add a lot of value to a charity event,” says Powell. The type of charity event you choose to host should depend largely on the amount of manpower and funding available during the planning process. While gathering the initial details, it is also a good time to decide what type of event to hold and what the purpose is, says Powell. It also isn’t a bad idea to form a committee that can act as a sounding board for ideas. “We begin the analysis based on the target demographic,” says Powell. “Then research


what type of atmosphere fits the event. We take into consideration the strengths of each company and how we can best articulate the mission of the event. For some, the primary goal is to raise funds, other times promotion is the focus, sometimes both.” If a large number of dedicated volunteers from a business, service organization, club, sorority or the like are available, a larger event like a 5k run or golf tournament is feasible. Smaller groups may opt instead to plan an event on a more manageable, smaller scale, such as a charity luncheon, silent auction or speaker fundraiser, says Joe Garecht, founder of the Fundraising Authority. High-end galas, sit-down dinners or concerts require a much higher level of investment up front. “Perhaps your organization may be hoping to raise money at the event, but the main function of the event is to gain publicity, or reach out to a new network,” says Garecht. He notes that many charitable events can have more than one goal. For example, the Alzheimer’s Association Oklahoma Chapter always hosts events with two goals in mind: raising awareness and concern, and raising funds, says Meredith Woodbridge, the communications coordinator for Alzheimer’s Association Oklahoma Chapter. Such events include a Memory Gala in both Tulsa and Oklahoma City, the Walk to End Alzheimers in various cities, and an annual luncheon. “We cannot find a cure unless people are aware and informed of the disease. All money raised by our Chapter goes to fund the local care and support of the over 60,000 Oklahomans living with Alzheimer’s and the more than 200,000 unpaid caregivers navigating the journey with them. A portion also funds vital research that we hope will one day lead to treatment and a cure,” explained Woodbridge.

Charity events can also be about fostering connections both for the present and the future. “We don’t consider these events just fundraisers, but ‘friendraisers,’”says Woodbridge. “Cultivating relationships and keeping our advocates informed and excited is a continuous effort that extends beyond asking for money.” Every fundraising event plan should contain a complete budget listing of all the expenses that will be required to hold the event. For example, a budget should show how much it would cost for staff, invitations, promotion, space rental, catering, entertainment, transportation, security, utilities and anything else that will be required to make the event a success. Budgets should also take into account fundraising goals, ensuring that funds raised go above and beyond all expenses. Building excitement is also a necessity. The Mental Health Association of Oklahoma hosts an annual gala, Carnivale, that is often called “the best party in town.” This year, Carnivale celebrates the beauty of India through music, food and dance. The black-tie event that will celebrate the exotic flavors and festive entertainment of India. The story of this legendary fundraiser began in 1990, when Suzanne Warren co-chaired the inaugural Carnivale, then called Le Masquerade. The fundraiser allowed the Mental Health Association of Oklahoma to open its first housing program, Walker Hall, in 1991. At that time, proceeds benefited only 12 tenants. Today, Carnivale will benefit more than 1,200 Tulsans living in 22 apartment complexes. Choosing the optimal date for a fundraiser is a vital piece of planning, too. “First and foremost, we look at football and basketball schedules – this is Oklahoma, after all,” explains Woodbridge. “We research other major events and charitable fundraisers happening at that time to ensure there is no overlap. The ultimate deciding factor is venue availability.” 2016 | WWW.OKMAG.COM 13


When planning an event, one should also take timelines into consideration. Six months to a year ahead of the event is a basic guideline. “Some venues are booked a year or more in advance and require the planning process to begin further out,” says Powell. “Celebrity caterers or entertainers may book even further out. Woodbridge also agrees that timing and dates must be carefully considered. “Our timeline has to be a well-oiled machine that starts as soon as the current year’s event ends,” says Woodbridge. “These events aren’t just about asking donors for money, but rather they’re about cultivating relationships with people who are affected by Alzheimer’s disease and everyone passionate about finding a cure. It takes time and genuine effort that starts long before save-the-dates go out.” Woodbridge suggests making sponsorship requests as soon as possible because many businesses have the next year’s budget closed by the end of the fourth quarter. Another important planning step in conducting a charity event is to conduct a dry run or rehearsal. Prior to event day, all volunteers should be completely aware of their responsibilities, from setting out table linens to confirming and greeting key speakers. Prepare for the inevitable

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mishaps as much as possible. For example, if the caterer is short on utensils, have a volunteer at the ready to pick up extras. And don’t forget to say thank you. The donors who so generously provided goods and services for auction, giveaways and the like deserve to be recognized in some form or fashion for their efforts, says Garecht. More often than not, a simple hand-written thank you note is all it takes to make donors feel appreciated and inclined to donate again next time. By the same token, weary volunteers who have devoted nights, weekends and energy to the cause should also be recognized for their hard work. Often, volunteers who feel undervalued will hesitate to return to the event committee in the future. A pat on the back is often all that’s necessary to re-energize a volunteer for next year. “Volunteers and committee members are critical to the success of any fundraiser,” says Woodbridge. “We have to make sure we have influential, dedicated boots on the ground. All these events are significantly larger than what we would be able to do with our staff alone.” The bottom line remains that when hosting any size of event, foster strategic partnerships over just opportunities, says Woodbridge. “A sponsor who believes in the cause is priceless.” SHARON MCBRIDE


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January Winter Games  Jan 14-16

Special Olympics Oklahoma Thousands of Special Olympics Oklahoma athletes meet in Oklahoma City and Norman for the annual Winter Games. www.sook.org

Oklahoma Wedding ShowJan. 16 Oklahoma Magazine An exquisite wedding begins at Expo Square’s Central Park Hall, where brides meet with the top vendors in wedding apparel, florists, event planners, caterers and representatives from amazing venues and accommodations, The day includes fashion shows, food samples and special vendor presentations. www. okmag/weddingshow

Magic of Mentorship Luncheon  Jan. 22

Junior League of Tulsa The event is dedicated to the Junior League of Tulsa’s scholarship programs, which provide college scholarships to high school seniors who have shown a commitment to volunteerism and to non-traditional students returning to their studies. Scholarship recipients will be recognized at the luncheon. www.jltulsa.org

Rooftop Rendezvous  Jan. 23 DVIS/Call Rape Join the DVIS Young Professional Board for a fun brunch event at Sky Loft. Mingle with other young professionals and enjoy a tasting from several brunch hot spots. www.dvis.org

Toyland Ball  Jan. 23

Parent Child Center of Tulsa The whimsical, black-tie evening includes dinner, dancing and a live auction, as well as the presentation of the Guardian Angel Award. This year, the honor goes to Jennifer Legler, a committed volunteer since 2009. www.parentchildcenter.org

Bishop Kelley Trivia Night  Jan. 23

Bishop Kelley High School Teams of trivia buffs do battle at Bishop Kelley High School to support the school’s programs. www.bishopkelley.org

A Taste of Tulsa  Jan. 30

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma Along with an auction, patrons can enjoy the taste of numerous Tulsa restaurants at this annual Tulsa tradition. www.bbbsok.org

Join in raising awareness and funds for Catholic Charities’ programs and services. The evening will begin with an appetizer hour featuring chefs from around the Tulsa area, followed by a seated dinner. www.cctulsa.org

2016 Pink Stiletto Gala 

The Heart of Henry  Feb. 6

Jan. 30 Susan G. Komen Tulsa Raise money and awareness for the fight against breast cancer. www.komentulsa.org

Holland Hall Trivia Night 

Jan. 30 Holland Hall Sharpen your game and focus for this annual trivia challenge at Holland Hall and benefiting the school. www.hollandhall.org

February Women of the Year - Pinnacle Awards  Feb. 5

YWCA Tulsa Winners will be honored at Cox Business Center in a Grammys-style, artistic showcase that will feature dance and musical performances and more. www.ywcatulsa.org

Tulsa Heart Ball  Feb. 6

American Heart Association The American Heart Association’s annual black-tie event will include dinner, entertainment, dancing and an exciting auction at Tulsa’s Expo Square. http://tulsaheartball.heart.org

Cooking Up Compassion 

Feb. 6 Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Tulsa

Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless The fourth annual Heart of Henry is a dinner and award ceremony that honors an individual whose generosity transcends not just to the Day Center for the Homeless, but the community as a whole. www.tulsadaycenter.org

2-1-1 Day of Dining  Feb. 11 2-1-1 Helpline Support the 2-1-1 Helpline by dining at a participating restaurant. www.211tulsa.org

Sunny Side UP  Feb. 11

CAP Tulsa Enjoy breakfast and a bit of motivation to help kick off your day. This year’s keynote speaker is Kelly Corrigan, author of New York Times bestsellers The Middle Place, Lift and Glitter and Glue. www.captulsa.org

Puttin’ on the Dog: The Platinum Party  Feb. 11

LIFE Senior Services For the 20th annual event, partrons will enjoy a plated, gourmet dinner by Executive Chef Devin Levin, silent and live auctions and music and dancing at the Cox Business Center. www.lifeseniorservices.org

Hunks and Hoses Wine Dinner  Jan. 26 Crime Prevention Network Chef Justin Thompson, restaurant owner and chef, is back again with a fantastic threecourse meal prepared especially for this year’s festivities at 624 Kitchen & Catering. The finest from police and fire will be the celebrity waiters working for tips to support the many programs of the Crime Prevention Network. www.okcpn.org

Gary and Dianne Bryant and Cheryl and Tom Fraley, Annual Boots & Ball Gowns Gala, Infant Crisis Center.

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Harwelden Cabaret  Feb. 11-14 Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa Individual ticket costs $75 and benefits the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa. www.ahhatulsa.org

15th Annual Wild Hearts Ball  

Feb. 13 Oklahomans for Equality Dance away the night at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center’s annual Wild Hearts Ball. www.okeq.org

Hugs & Fishes  Feb. 13-14

Oklahoma Aquarium Enjoy dinner, drinks and a romantic stroll through the aquarium. www.okaquarium.org

My Furry Valentine  Feb. 14

StreetCats, Inc. Enjoy dessert and appetizer tastings, wine, punch and coffee and more than 100 silent auction items to bid on at the Tulsa Historical Society. www.streetcatstulsa.org

Live United Luncheon and Awards  Feb. 16

Tulsa Area United Way This awards luncheon honors individuals, companies and groups for their service to the Tulsa metro area. The awards luncheon will be at Cox Business Center. www.tauw.org

Street Party 2016  Feb. 19

Street School Join Street School for a funfilled evening of dinner, dancing and live and silent auctions, while supporting its goal of reducing the dropout rate and providing at-risk students the skills necessary to be college and career ready. www.streetpartytulsa.com

Super Hero Bowl  Feb. 19

Junior Achievement of Oklahoma This year’s Super Hero Bowl is an annual JA bowl-a-thon and is the Junior Achievement of Oklahoma’s largest fundraising event of the year. www.jaok.com

Icons & Idols  Feb. 20

Tulsa Ballet Toast the night with cocktails followed by dinner and exclusive dance performances from

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Bryan Close, Peggy Helmerich, Gayle Jones, Allyson Cain and Bishop Edward Slattery, A Stately Affair. the ranks of Tulsa Ballet at the Cox Business Center. www.tulsaballet.org

Abersons & Friends Warehouse Sale  Feb. 24-25

Family & Children Services Save up to 85 percent on designer clothes, furniture and home decor items from dozens of local stores. www.fcsok.org/sale

The Art of Food & Wine Pairing: Part 2  Feb. 25

Join local chefs Justin Thompson and Trevor Tack to enjoy the art of food and wine pairing. Wineries featured at the event will be part of the Philbrook Wine Experience. www.philbrook.org

Tulsa Memory Gala  Feb. 26

Alzheimer’s Association A night dedicated to the fight against Alzheimer’s. Enjoy food, entertainment and a special guest.www.alz.org

Holland Hall Book Fair  Feb. 27 Holland Hall The annual sale of donated media and goods like DVDs, rare books, toys and games, will be at Holland Hall. www.hollandhall.org

Winterset  Feb. 27

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with more great food and entertainment at the DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown Tulsa, to raise money for local charitable groups. www.osteopathicfounders.org

ty event hosted by the Junior Women’s Association of the Tulsa Boys’ Home will be at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. www.tulsaboyshome.org

Red Ribbon Gala  Feb. 27

Tulsa Girls’ Art School Show your Valentine’s Day love to Tulsa Girls Art School and take part in this great event that includes handmade Valentine cards and gifts by TGAS students. www.tulsagirlsartschool.org

Tulsa CARES The 19th annual gala will bring fabulously dressed patrons to the Cox Business Center in support of the organization. www.redribbongala.org

POSTOAK Challenge  Feb.

27-28 Tulsa Running Club The Tulsa Running Club returns with its annual challenge that includes more than 18 miles of trails. Lace up your running shoes because whether you’re an avid runner or just a beginner, there’s a race for you. www.postoakrun.com

Annual Tulsa Gridiron 

February TBA Tulsa Gridiron Trust Tulsa Gridiron blends musical parody with sharp dialogue and a surprise special guest. The Tulsa Gridiron provides scholarships for aspiring young practitioners of the First Amendment. www.tulsagridiron.org

Buttercup Bash 

Feb. 16 Tulsa Boys’ Home The annual cocktail chari-

Valentine Show  February TBA

March RSVP’s Somewhere in Tulsa Gala  March 3

Retired Senior Volunteer Program Join RSVP Tulsa and travel back in time to a Chicago speakeasy of the 1920s. Enjoy fine cocktails, food and entertainment from the period, while supporting our volunteer services for seniors. www.rsvptulsa.org

Eat Local  March 3

Rebuilding Together Tulsa An evening of cuisine from local eateries, live music, auctions, raffles and more. www.rebuildingtogethertulsa.org


Harwelden Awards  March 4 Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa The Tulsa Arts Council honors artists, students and arts supporters that encourage Tulsa’s creative spirits. www.ahhatulsa.org

CASA Casino: Party Like It’s 1922!  March 4

Tulsa CASA Enjoy dinner, live and silent auctions, a Kendra Scott jewelry pull and casino at the downtown Tulsa Hyatt Regency. www.tulsacasa.org

Hike for Healing  March 5

Tristesse Grief Center Join the Center for its annual 5k and Memorial Mile. Run the trail through Turkey Mountain or walk the Memorial Mile in honor of your loved one. Runners receive a shirt, a race bib and a bag of special wellness items. www.thegriefcenter.org

Gospel, Grits & Gershwin 

March 5 Booker T. Washington Foundation for Excellence Enjoy the school’s annual fundraiser at Greenwood Cultural Center that benefits students and faculty. www.btwfoundation.net

17th Annual Dreambuilders’ Gala  March 5 Habitat for Humanity The 17th annual dinner event will feature silent and live auctions plus other entertainment and highlights of the organization’s works. www.tulsahabitat.org

Sapphire Celebration  March 5 Riverfield Country Day School Make plans to join the Riverfield community to enjoy dinner, dancing and silent and live auctions. Attire is black-tie optional. In keeping with the “Under the Blue Moon” theme, guests are strongly encouraged to wear shades of blue. www.riverfield.org

Broadway Bash  March 5

Theatre Tulsa Celebrate Theatre Tulsa’s 93rd year serving the Tulsa community through arts, education and volunteerism at Aloft Hotel. Enjoy a Broadway Cabaret performance and mixologist contest, among other surprises from Theatre Tulsa performers. www.theatretulsa.org

Sip For Sight  March 5

Prevent Blindness Oklahoma The grand gala event raises funds for the organization. www.preventblindnessok.org

Fur Ball Gala  March 7

Oklahoma Alliance for Animals Oklahoma’s premier gala for animal lovers. The evening’s festivities include a champagne reception, dinner, silent and live auctions and entertainment. This year’s theme is Phantom of the Pawpera. www.animalallianceok.org

Kingpins for Kids  March 9

Operation Aware of Oklahoma The organization bringing positive programs and education to area youth hits the Dust Bowl Lanes & Lounge with games and music for supporters. www.operationaware.org

Dance of the Two Moons 

March 12 Indian Health Care Resource Center of Tulsa Put on your finest, whimsical ‘70s cocktail outfit and get ready for a night of fun and elegance. www.ihcrc.org

Bowl-a-thon  March 12

Junior Achievement Oklahoma Assemble a team. Play at Tulsa’s Sheridan Lanes. Have fun while helping Tulsa youth. www.jaok.org

American Airlines Charity Golf Tournament  March 12

Special Olympics Oklahoma More than 200 golfers from around the country come to The Golf Club of Oklahoma to participate in this annual tournament. www.sook.org

Souper Sunday: Mardi Gras 

March 13 Total Source for Hearing-loss & Access Enjoy all you can taste soups, breads and desserts from area restaurants, as well as a silent auction with hundreds of items. www.tsha.cc

Citywide Baby Shower and Young Professionals Party  March 19

Rebekah Tennis and Raj Basu, Red Ribbon Gala.

Emergency Infant Services Young professionals make collecting diapers, toys and other donations fun while supporting Emergency Infant Services.

David and Tamra Sheehan, Red Ribbon Gala. www.eistulsa.org

Blank Canvas  March 25

Youth Services of Tulsa Some of the town’s best chefs whip up a great feast for the senses at the Cox Business Center, using a few surprise ingredients. www.blackcanvastulsa.com

Adult Child Charity Doubles Tennis Tournament II 

March 26 Food For The Poor, Inc. This year’s tournament, benefiting those in need in impoverished countries in the Western Hemisphere will bring golfers to LaFortune Park. Two divisions‚ beginner and intermediate, allow more players to enjoy the fun event. www.foodforthepoor.org/tennis

JA Business Success Series Luncheon  March 30

Junior Achievement of Oklahoma The Business Success Series is an opportunity for Junior Achievement to feature speakers who share important perspectives on topics relevant to business people in the community. www.jaok.org

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Iron Gate Founders’ Dinner  March 31

Woman of the Year Luncheon  April 8

Iron Gate The soup kitchen feeding the homeless and hungry in Tulsa recognizes those who have helped Iron Gate carry out its mission. www.irongatetulsa.org

Tulsa Area Alumnae Panhellenic Sorority sisters unite as the council awards honorees at the annual luncheon. www.tulsapanhellenic.org

Bishop Kelley Dinner & Auction  April 9

TU Newman Center Society Dinner  March 31

Bishop Kelley High School The 36th annual fundraiser night, a.k.a. Kelleypalooza, includes fun for students, families, alumni and supporters. www.bishopkelley.org

The University of Tulsa Newman Center Join The University of Tulsa in honoring all past chaplins on the TU Campus. Benefiting the students and programs of the St. Philip Newman Center at The University of Tulsa. www.tu-newman.org

Herb Day on Brookside  April 9

Brookside Business Association Head down to 41st and Peoria on Brookside to find everything from herbs to heirloom tomatoes, Oklahoma wines, soaps, pottery and more. www.brooksidetheplacetobe.com

Annual Lexus Raffle  Thru

March Make-A-Wish Foundation Oklahoma Only 1,600 tickets at $100 each will be sold statewide. The winner will be selected on or before March 31. The grand prize is a well-equipped, newly designed 2016 Lexus RX. Second and third prizes will be similar to a 50-inch HDTV, and an iPad. www.oklahoma. wish.org

Savoring Sister Cities  March TBA Tulsa Global Alliance Savor the flavor of Tulsa’s eight international sister cities. www.tulsaglobalalliance.org

Oysters & Ale  March TBA

Hospice of Green Country Come-and-go oyster buffet featuring selections from local breweries. www.hospiceofgreencountry.org

April Will Rogers High School Hall of Fame Dinner  April 1 Will Rogers High School Community Foundation This event honors the 2016 WRHS Hall of Fame inductees. www.willrogersfoundation.net

Carnivale: Colors of India 

April 2 Mental Health Association Oklahoma “The best party in town,” as it is often called, is a lavish evening to revel in fine dining,

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The Monarch Ball  April 9

Olivia Jordan and Cherokee Pearce, Red Ribbon Gala. lively dancing and plenty of surprises that will benefit Mental Health Association Oklahoma’s housing programs, among other services. This year, Carnivale celebrates the vivid beauty of India through music, food, and dance. Come dressed in your most colorful black-tie attire, enjoy exotic flavors and festive entertainment while you dance the night away. www.bestpartyintown.org

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13th Annual Fashion and Talent Showcase  April 2

Derby Dash 5k  April 2

Mental Health Association Oklahoma The Association, in collaboration with other local nonprofit agencies, coordinates this annual event for the purpose of giving those living in recovery an opportunity to enjoy the spotlight for a day, build self-esteem and confidence, and have the opportunity to socialize in a warm and accepting environment. www.

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Aquarium Run  April 2

Oklahoma Aquarium Join the Oklahoma Aquarium for a celebration of family fitness with a one-mile fun run, 5k and half-marathon. A party follows the race with food, fun and activities for the kids. Plus, all registered participants receive free race day aquarium admission. www.okaquarium.org Tulsa Boys’ Home The run takes place in downtown Tulsa and along Riverside Drive. www.tulsaboyshome.org

CAN Superhero Challenge 

April 3 Child Abuse Network The third annual family-friendly event includes two obstacle course challenges for different age groups. www.childabusenetwork.org

DVIS Celebrate the 40th anniversary of DVIS at the Monarch Ball hosted at the Cox Business Center. Join DVIS for an elegant and entertaining evening of dinner and dancing. www.dvis.org

Route 66 Gurney Tourney 

April 9 Hospitality House of Tulsa This hilarious bed race at ORU’s Lewis Field benefits families in medical crisis. www.tulsahospitalityhouse.org

Annual Board Fundraiser  April 9 Mizel Jewish Community Day School Broadway entertainer Eric Gutman’s one-man show, From Broadway to Obscurity, will entertain patrons at the Marriot Hotel Southern Hills Tulsa. www.mizelschool.org

ONE Awards  April 9

Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits This gala event, held at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, awards gifts of $5,000 to $10,000 to more than 20 nonprofits from across the state in recognition of their pursuit of excellence. www.okcnp.org


MarthaNina Grinner, Toni Garner and Martina Hum, TomChase Neff, DeLozier, Dan Schuman, Schuman and Vida Michael Brothers, Ribbon Gala, Tulsa CARES. Schuman, Carnivale, Mental HealthRed Association Oklahoma.

Walk MS Tulsa  April 9

National Multiple Sclerosis Society Join the walk to fund research for multiple sclerosis. www.msoklahoma.org

Tulsa New Leaders  April 15

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation The Sooner Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will host its 14th annual Tulsa New Leaders fundraising event at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. 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. www.cff.org/chapters/tulsa

A New Leaf Garden Fest  

April 16 A New Leaf The 15th annual festival includes arts and crafts vendors, as well as seeds and plants for spring gardening. The event benefits the organization in helping individuals with disabilities gain work experience. www.anewleaf.org

Celebrate Cascia  April 16

Casciablanca, the casinothemed event, will have patrons putting their chips toward a good cause. www.casciahall.org

Garden Party   April 16

Little Light House Enjoy brunch at the Cox Business Center that includes a live and silent auction and a program. www.littlelighthouse.org

Cascia Hall Preparatory School

Lindsey House Lucky guests will savor delicious food as they stroll among four fun and exciting downtown restaurants. www.tlcok.org

Juliette Low Leadership Society Luncheon  April 21

Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma The annual event includes Terearai Trent, internationally renowned speaker, educator, mentor and one of Oprah Winfrey’s all-time favorite guests. www.gseok.org

Spring Into Jazz Gala  April 21 Tulsa(OK) Chapter The Links, Inc. The long-standing, local charity organization will honor outstanding individuals and organizations in the community at the annual gala. www.tulsalinksinc.org

Gem Gala  April 15

Junior League of Tulsa Expect wonderful food, tasty libations, a special gemstone jewelry auction and entertainment under the stars at the Tulsa Historical Center on the Grand Lawn. Patrons will be treated to a special cocktail party in the Sunken Garden. www.jltulsa.org

Savour & Stroll  April 18

Russell Bennett Faith and Courage Award Celebration  April 21 DeDe Siegfried, Suzanne Warren, Sheila Golden and Mary Ann Doran, Red Ribbon Gala, Tulsa CARES.

Tulsa Interfaith Alliance The annual awards presentation includes a buffet-style dinner and silent auction. www.tulsainterfaithalliance.org

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Knock Out Violence  April –

Jeanette Kern, Michelle Holdgrafer, Suzanne Warren and Vince Westbrook, Bruce G. Weber Tennis Classic.

Tulsa Heart Walk  April 23

American Heart Association Join others at ONEOK Field and walk to support the American Heart Association’s mission to bring awareness to heart disease. www.tulsaheartwalk.com

CANdlelight Ball  April 23

Child Abuse Network The fifth annual gala will take place at the Mayo Hotel, where an elegant night will include cocktails, fine dining, live auction, entertainment and dancing. www.childabusenetwork.org

ARTSCAPE  April 24

Tristesse Grief Center Enjoy a night of dinner, drinks and beautiful local art. Artists from all over Oklahoma donate their one-of-a-kind pieces to be featured in a silent and live auction. Auction items also feature travel packages, deals from restaurants, jewelry and much more. www.thegriefcenter.org

Wish Upon a Par Golf Tournament  April 25

Make-A-Wish Foundation Oklahoma The 11th annual tournament, to be held at the Golf Club of Oklahoma, features lunch, tournament, awards ceremony, dinner and happy hour. www.oklahoma.wish.org

Empty Bowls  April 26

Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma Celebrating its 20th year, Empty Bowls serves as a gathering of Food Bank friends and supporters for a dinner, live and silent auction, raffle and live entertainment. Guests are in-

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vited to take home a keepsake bowl from the event, which serves as a reminder of the many many empty bowls in eastern Oklahoma. www.okfoodbank.org

Dining Out for Life  April 28

Health Outreach Prevention Education More than 30 restaurants support HOPE by donating 25 percent of their profits to help prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS. www.hopetesting.org

Philbrook Wine Experience  April 29-30

Philbrook Museum of Art Among the nation’s top 10 wine events, this biennial fundraising weekend features internationally renowned vintners, regional restaurants and an auction to benefit Philbrook. www.philbrook.org

Reach for the Stars!  April 29 Youth Services for Oklahoma County Cocktails and dinner will be served with auctions and opportunities to help the agency. www.ysoc.org

Equality Gala  April 30

Oklahomans for Equality The celebration of equality features a gala night filled with dining, cocktails, dancing and music at the Cox Business Center. www.okeq.org

Chip in to Rebuild  April 30

Rebuilding Together Tulsa The sixth annual golf tournament benefits the organization’s work to help low-income individuals and families with home repairs. www.rebuildingtogethertulsa.org

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September DVIS DVIS and the Tulsa Drillers team up to knock out violence. Make a pledge per home run hit by the Drillers during the 2016 season with proceeds benefiting DVIS programs. www.dvis.org

gardening information, garden art, unique art and craft vendors, a kid’s zone with fun activities and food and fun for the whole family. www.tulsagardencenter.com

Musical Mondays Concert Series   April - August

The CF Golf Classic  May 2

LIFE Senior Services Once a month, brighten up your Monday with music at the Cascia Hall auditorium, benefiting LIFE Senior Services’ two senior centers. Concerts are set to be held April 18, May 23, June 27, July 25 and Aug. 22. www.lifeseniorservices.org

Bowl for Kids’ Sake  April

and May TBA Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma Bowling for Kids’ Sake is about coming together with friends, family and co-workers and making a difference while having fun at the same time. Funds raised by BFKS go directly to giving children in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma program the mentoring that will help them on the path to reaching their full potential. www.bbbsok.org

Spring Luncheon  April TBA

Tulsa Boys’ Home The Junior Women’s Association of the Tulsa Boys’ Home hosts a luncheon filled with surprises and great food at Oaks Country Club. Don’t forget to wear a hat worthy of the Kentucky Derby. www.tulsaboyshome.org

Annual Rebuild Day  April

TBA Rebuilding Together Tulsa Work in teams to repair and make homes safe and secure for low-income individuals and families in Tulsa. www.rebuildingtogethertulsa.org

SpringFest Garden Market & Festival  April TBA Tulsa Garden Center The Tulsa Garden Center will help you create a great garden that will be the envy of your neighbors and friends. There will be a large variety of plants,

MAY Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Tee off at Cedar Ridge Country Club with shamble format, numerous prizes and a live and silent auction, presented by Lexus Champions for Charity and Lexus of Tulsa. www.cff.org/chapters/tulsa

White Party No. 9  May 6

Family & Children Services Get dolled up in white and dance the night away at this outdoor speakeasy featuring Tulsa’s best mixologists. www.whitepartyok.com

13th Annual Fashion & Talent Showcase  May 6

Mental Health Association Oklahoma In collaboration with local nonprofit agencies, Mental Health Association Oklahoma coordinates this annual event www. mhaok.org

5X5 Fundraiser  May 6-21

Tulsa Artists’ Coalition All art, measuring five inches by five inches, sells for $55. On a first come, first serve basis. All proceeds go to funding the TAC gallery. www.tacgallery.org

Spring Festival  May 7

Owasso Bouquet of Gardeners Find all that you need to create a beautiful garden. Proceeds from the festival will provide a $1,000 scholarship to an Owasso senior.

Run for the Roses  May 7

Tulsa Boys’ Home Designer hats are just part of the attraction of this Kentucky Derby-themed party and auction at the Expo Square Pavilion benefiting the Tulsa Boys’ Home. www.tulsaboyshome.org

Turquoise Takeover Week  May 8-14

American Lung Association


Women’s Lung Health Week returns. Wear turquoise to show your support benefiting the American Lung Association. www.lung.org

Junior Achievement Classic  

May 9 Junior Achievement of Oklahoma This year marks the 15th JA Classic Corporate Golf Challenge, which features a “shamble” format combining elements of a scramble with elements of a regular stroke play round. Event proceeds help Junior Achievement of Oklahoma teach more than 55,000 Oklahoma students financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness programs in grades K-12 each year. www.jaok.org

Barry and Becky Switzer, Pat Chernicky, Cheena Pazzo and Mike Brose, Carnivale, Mental Health Association.

Tulsa Boys’ Home Golf Classic  May 10 Tulsa Boys’ Home The annual fundraiser tees off with snacks, drinks, prizes and golfing at Patriot Golf Club. www.tulsaboyshome.org

Go Red for Women Luncheon  May 13

American Heart Association Hear about the American Heart Association’s mission and from those who have been impacted by heart disease over lunch at downtown Tulsa’s Hyatt Regency. tulsagored.heart.org

Vintage ‘53 Wine Dinner  May 13

Total Source for Hearing-loss & Access Guests will have the opportunity to visit the first floor exhibits at Tulsa Historical Society, while enjoying wine and hors d’oeuvres. During dinner, Sommelier Steve Gerkin will speak about making wine pairing with food simple, and guests will enjoy wine samples paired with a gourmet menu prepared by Chef James Shrader of Palace Cafe. www.tsha.cc

International Mayfest  May

Steve and Marla Bradshaw. , Red Ribbon Gala, Tulsa CARES.

19-22 Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa Mayfest has something to offer everyone. The outdoor areas of Mayfest include fine arts, crafts, four stages of performing artists, KidZone, a children’s hands on art activity area‚ and of course festival food. In addition to the outdoor space, Mayfest also fea-

tures three indoor galleries. www.tulsamayfest.org

Great Strides Walk  May 21

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Great Strides is a national walk event held in hundreds of cities nationwide that generates critical funds to fight cystic fibrosis, a fatal genetic disease. www.cff.org/chapters/tulsa

Babypalooza  May 22

Emergency Infant Services An afternoon of music and activities for the whole family helps support local infants and toddlers in need. www.eistulsa.org

Calm Waters’ Golf Classic  

May 23 Calm Waters Center for Children and Families Join Calm Waters for a day on the course, featuring longest drive competitions, hole-in-one challenges and other golf-related contests. www.calmwaters.org

Chip in to Rebuild Golf Tournament  May 24

Rebuilding Together Tulsa The seventh annual tournament will be held at Forest Ridge Golf Club. www.rebuildingtogethertulsa.org

Rhinestone Cowboy  May 29

Volunteers of America of Oklahoma Glitz up western-style in boots and a pair of jeans for a night of entertainment and fun with the Volunteers of America at Cain’s Ballroom. www.voaok.org

Operation Art  May TBA

Operation Aware of Oklahoma Local artists collaborate with students to create works that will be auctioned for the benefit of kids in the Tulsa area. www.operationaware.org

Home Run for the Homeless  May TBA

Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless Come watch your favorite DJs, television reporters and local writers play on the ONEOK Field diamond to see who takes home the trophy. www.tulsadaycenter.org

Walk to Cure Arthritis  May

TBA Arthritis Foundation Participants walk in honor of a friend or family member with arthritis. People with arthritis wear blue hats to signify their action in taking control of their condition. The event features a three-mile and onemile course, arthritis information and activities for the entire family. www.arthritis.org

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Crosstown Street Dance 

May TBA Crosstown Learning Center Live it up with other supporters of the childcare center on this night of celebration and fundraising. www.crosstowntulsa.org

Bike MS Oklahoma  May

TBA National Multiple Sclerosis Society Take the two-day trek and challenge with hundreds of other cyclists across the state. www.msoklahoma.org

Operation Art  May TBA

Operation Aware of Oklahoma Local artists collaborate with students to create works that will be auctioned for the benefit of kids in the Tulsa area. www.operationaware.org

JUNE Brookside Rumble & Roll  June 2

Make-A-Wish Foundation Oklahoma Whether a rider or a spectator, there’s lots of fun to have during the motorcycle parade from The University of Tulsa Reynolds Center to Brookside, where a street party awaits featuring The Fabulous Midlife Crisis Band. www.oklahoma.wish.org

Tour de Cure Tulsa  June 4

American Diabetes Association Every kind of rider, from beginner to expert, is welcomed to join the event offering a range of distances. Food and fans help fuel your motivation as you ride. www.diabetes.org

Brainiac Ball  June 4

Family & Children Services Enjoy an evening filled with drinks, a live auction and team trivia. www.brainiacball.org

Tulsa Pride Festival & Parade  June 4

Oklahomans for Equality Tulsa Pride is the longest running gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender pride festival in Oklahoma. www.okeq.org

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Top of the Town  June 9

Child Care Resource Center of Tulsa The best night ever downtown includes 20 locations, 12 bands, adult beverages, snacks and fabulous views in the Deco District. www.ccrctulsa.org

Cups and Cuffs Golf Tournament  June 9

Crime Prevention Network It’s tee time with a twist. At Cups and Cuffs, golfers will hit the links at Lafortune Park Par 3 to take a swing at fighting crime. But here is the twist: tee time is 7 p.m. and play is under the lights. www.okcpn.org

Holland Hall Golf Tournament  June 13

Holland Hall The annual golf game benefiting the school will take place at The Patriot Golf Club. www.hollandhall.org

of providing rehabilitative and recreational activities for those with mobility, dexterity or sensory disabilities. www.tulsacenterpoloclassic.org

Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Awards  June 27

Rotary Club of Tulsa Foundation The Iba Awards recognizes a male and a female premier athlete who has excelled in their sport, and who exemplifies a high degree of citizenship. www.ibaawards.com

Relay for Life  June TBA

American Cancer Society This run represents hope for those who are fighting cancer. www.cancer.org

JULY Boys and Girls Club of Metro

Tulsa Charity Golf Tournament  July 25

Salvation Army Tulsa Area Command The 17th annual event will bring golfers to the greens of Tulsa Country Club. www.salarmytulsa.org

AUGUST Harwelden Murder Mystery  Aug. 4-13

Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa Guests will enjoy a night of mystery, mayhem and a fabulous meal. Unravel a dramatic thriller performed by Harwelden actors. www.ahhatulsa.org

Girls on the Run 5k  Aug. 6

YWCA Tulsa This fun, community 5k at Guthrie Green raises money for

Links for Little Ones  June 13

Little Light House Tee off at the Golf Club of Oklahoma and enjoy lunch and a silent auction. www.littlelighthouse.org

WALTZ on the Wild Side  June 17

Tulsa Zoo Eat, drink and be wild for a good cause. One wild night awaits you at the annual WALTZ on the Wild Side at the Tulsa Zoo. With Tulsa’s best food, drinks and a truly unique environment, guests will be dancing the night away with the lions and tigers roaring in appreciation. www.waltzonthewildside.org

Lung Force Walk  June 18

American Lung Association A walk that raises awareness of lung cancer, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and other lung ailments. www.lungforce.org

Center Polo Classic  June 25

The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges The Arrowhead Polo Club of Tulsa will be on horseback at Mohawk Park to help raise money for the Center’s mission

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Billie and Howard Barnett, CANdlelight Ball, Child Abuse Network.


Chapters: A Casual Evening of Books, Bards and Bites  Sept. 8

Ruth G. Hardman Adult Literacy Service This annual fundraiser, benefitting Tulsa City-County Library’s Ruth G. Hardman Adult Literacy Service, features three favorite authors and delectable appetizers from favorite restaurants and businesses. www.tulsalibrarytrust.org/ chapters

Kaleidoscope Ball  Sept. 9 Gentner and Wendy Drummond, Carnivale, Mental Health Association Oklahoma. the Girls on the Run program, an after-school program for girls third through eighth grade that promotes a healthy lifestyle and self-esteem. www.ywcatulsa.org

Home Sweet Home  Aug. 11

Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless Join the Tulsa Day Center after work to enjoy drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres while sampling desserts from local restaurants across Tulsa. All proceeds benefit Hudson Villas, a permanent supportive housing unit with the goal of ending homelessness. www.tulsadaycenter.org

Run for the House 5k   Aug. 20 Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tulsa This year’s race, presented by Hal Smith Restaurant Group, takes place at ORU’s Mabee Center. www.rmhtulsa.org

Motown Down Two: DIVAS 4 H.O.P.E.  Aug. 26

Health Outreach Prevention Education All money raised stays with HOPE to provide education, prevention, testing and counseling for HIV/AIDS. www.hopetesting.org

Tulsa Cattle Barons Ball  Aug. 27

American Cancer Society A gala event with western flair includes dinner, entertainment, live and silent auctions and more. www.cancer.org

Wild Brew  Aug. 27

Sutton Avian Research Center Kick off fall and its delicious beers with all the selections at Wild Brew, which raises money and awareness to fund conservation solutions for birds. www.wildbrew.org

Bark for Life  Aug. 29

American Cancer Society Bring the family and the family dog to honor those battling cancer. www.cancer.org

CF Cycle for Life  August TBA Cystic Fibrosis Foundation CF Cycle For Life rides are hosted in dozens of cities across the U.S. and take bicyclists through some of the most scenic terrains in the nation to raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. www.cff.org/chapters/tulsa

Emergency Infant Services This colorful bash of delightful eats and music at the Cox Business Center benefits emergency care for children, five and under, of families in need of assistance. www.eiskball.org

Tulsa Restaurant Week  Sept. 10-18 Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma Participating restaurants offer a prix fixe Restaurant Week menu for lunch, brunch or dinner and agree to donate 10 percent of Restaurant Week menu sales for go to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. www.okfoodbank.org

Saint Simeon’s Western Days  Sept. 13

Saint Simeon’s Foundation The fundraiser benefitting Saint Simeon’s will feature a silent auction, live auction, a general store stocked with handmade items from Saint Simeon’s

residents, a delicious dinner, live music and more at Expo Square’s Central Park Hall. www.westerndaysevent.com

Zarrow Mental Health Symposium  Sept. 28-30

Mental Health Association Oklahoma This year’s symposium, Ready for Zero‚ Innovative and Sustainable Solutions for Housing & Recovery, will bring patrons to Tulsa’s Cox Business Center. www.mhaok.org

Through a Child’s Eye Gala  Sept. 30

Tulsa Girls Art School Be prepared for an event that’s a little bizarre with a new series of live paintings by the TGAS girls, an exclusive silent auction and a gothic fashion show created in conjunction with Ihloff Salon. www.tulsagirlsartschool.org

Mini-Laps  September TBA

Little Light House Students will take a lap around the Little Light House track wearing a costume that coordinates with the theme while the emcee announces all their milestones and accomplishments. www.littlelighthouse.org

Concours for the Cure  Sep-

tember TBA American Diabetes Association Patrons can admire antique and exotic cars, along with a live auction and entertainment. www.diabetes.org

Taste of Brookside  August

TBA Youth Services of Tulsa Get rolling down Brookside for this upscale food-crawl involving the district’s best restaurants, working to benefit Tulsa’s youth. www.yst.org

SEPTEMBER Art in Architecture  Sept. 8

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation The 19th annual event will feature art and art-related items from local and national artists, and will be held in an architecturally special venue. www.cff.org/chapters/tulsa

Lawrence and Cindy Field and Charles Stephenson, The Basket Ball, Stephenson Cancer Center.

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Angelo Prassa Golf Tournament  September TBA

Bishop Kelley High School This annual tournament raises funds for tuition assistance through the Angelo Prassa Fund. www.bishopkelley.org

Booker T. Washington Books & BBQ  September TBA

Booker T. Washington Foundation for Excellence The first home football game of the school year welcomes the annual event that includes delicious barbecue served before the game. www.btwfoundation.net

Together We Read  September TBA CAP Tulsa Give others the joy of reading in support of CAP Tulsa’s annual book drive event. www.captulsa.org

Gatesway Balloon Festival  September TBA

Gatesway Foundation The family ballooning event features hot air balloons, competitions, live entertainment, arts, great food and festivites to raise awareness and funds for the organization, helping those with developmental disabilities. www.gatesway.org

Champions of Health Gala  September TBA

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma The foundation celebrates the people and organizations helping to bring about positive change in community health. www.bcbsok.com

Uncorking the Cure  Septem-

ber TBA National Multiple Sclerosis Society Winning wines, delicious hors d’oeuvres, silent and live auctions and great fun is part of this big night benefiting medical research and families affected by multiple sclerosis. www.msoklahoma.org

Generations Strong Gala 

September TBA Planned Parenthood Tulsa The annual gala will feature live music, dinner and fun to benefit the organization’s mission to health and family planning services. www.plannedparenthood.org

Mid Life Crisis Band. www.stjohnhealthsystem.com

OCTOBER St. John ZooRun  Oct. 1

Tulsa Zoo Presented by New Balance Tulsa, ZooRun is a familyfriendly race in Tulsa. Whether you’re a strolling tortoise or a racing hare, with a 5k, 10k and one-mile fun run, there is a pace for everyone. ZooRun is the second-oldest running event in Tulsa and sixth largest race in the state. www.tulsazoo.org/events/zoorun

Tulsa Hall of Fame  Oct. 3 Tulsa Historical Society The annual dinner and induction ceremony celebrating Tulsa. www.tulsahistory.org

Cooking for a Cause  Oct. 13

Iron Gate The organization providing Tulsa’s hungry and homeless population with daily meals gets little help from Tulsa’s top St. John Street Party   achefs at this annual gala and September TBA dining event at Metro AppliancSt. John-MD Anderson es & More. Cancer Network www.irongatetulsa.org The event features a casual evening of dining with more ARTworks  Oct. 18-23 than 70 of Tulsa’s best restauHolland Hall rants, wine tasting and dancing The school’s art residency proto the sounds of The Fabulous gram culminates in a showcase

of work by the chosen artist-inresidence. The show is tentatively scheduled to go on exhibit following the opening night patron party. www.hollandhall.org

Walk to End Alzheimer’s  

Oct. 22 Alzheimer’s Association Join the walk to support research of Alzheimer’s disease. The walk begins at the Guthrie Green. www.alz.org

Collectors’ Reserve  Oct.

23-Nov. 6 Gilcrease Museum This event provides the opportunity for art collectors from across the nation to experience, and purchase, fine works of art created by nationally recognized and emerging artists while raising funds to support Gilcrease Museum. www.gilcrease.utulsa.edu

Badges ‘N Barbecue  Oct. 27

Crime Prevention Network Partygoers will enjoy the annual Guns and Hoses Battle of the Grills‚ a barbecue cook-off contest between area law enforcement and fire departments. Enjoy live entertainment, dancing, music, a silent auction, open bar and all-you-can-eat barbecue. www.okcpn.org

Hallowmarine  Oct. 27-31

Oklahoma Aquarium Join the Aquarium for inflatables, games, mermaids and pirates and lots of candy. Good for all ages. Dress in your favorite costume. www.okaquarium.org

HallowZOOeen  Oct. 27-31

Molly Shi Boren, David Boren, Judy Kishner, Sandra Lewis, Dr. Gerard Clancy at Heart of Henry, Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless.

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Tulsa Zoo HallowZOOeen is a premier spooky (but not too scary) trickor-treat event for the whole family. The zoo offers an alternative to traditional Halloween activities and gives more than 16,000 children each year a safe place to enjoy the holiday. Activities include Goblin Stops full of treats, carnivalstyle games in the Community Care Pumpkin Patch Playroom, themed activities in both the Burger King Royal Castle and the American Airlines Pirate Island, a Haunted Train Ride and much more.


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BooHaHa in Brookside  Oct. 29

Brookside Business Association The annual event brings trickor-treaters to Brookside for its pancake breakfast, costume contest and parade. www.brooksidetheplacetobe.com

Tulsa Federal Credit Union Tulsa Run  Oct. 29

Tulsa Sports Commission Each year, six charities are selected to benefit from this run through Tulsa. www.tulsasports.org/tulsarun

Tribute to Excellence  Octo-

ber TBA Arthritis Foundation The tribute to excellence honors two Oklahomans for their commitment to the community and for their support of the Arthritis Foundation’s vision: to find a cure and end the pain of the more than 50 million Americans who suffer from arthritis, the nation’s most common cause of disability. www.arthritis.org

Step Out Walk  October TBA

American Diabetes Association Join others in fighting diabetes in this signature walk of the organization. www.diabetes.org

Tulsa Bone Bash  October

TBA Arthritis Foundation Join the Arthritis Foundation for its fourth annual signature costumed affair featuring spooky decorations, a themed dinner, costume contest, silent auction and complimentary spirits. www.arthritis.org

Cherokee Art Market  October TBA Cherokee Nation The event brings elite Native American artists from across the country to the Hard Rock Tulsa Hotel & Casino. www.cherokeeartmarket.com

Mvskoke Hall of Fame  October TBA Creek Nation Foundation, Muscogee Nation Festival This event offers the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Indian Country

Karen Waddell, Laura Bush and Jari Askins, Water4 Courage Gala, Water4.

and the local community the ability to honor inductees at a blacktie and traditional clothing gala. www.muscogeenation-nsn.gov

Corks and Kegs  October

TBA Cystic Fibrosis Foundation The sixth annual wine and beer tasting event features beers and wines from around the world paired with food tastings from some of Tulsa’s finest restaurants. The evening will include live music, an extensive silent and super-silent auction display and will showcase a live auction of one-of-a-kind items. www.cff.org/chapters/tulsa

Casta Diva Ball 2016  Fore Humanity Golf Classic  October TBA Guild of Tulsa Opera One of Tulsa’s oldest fundraising events presents the city’s debutantes and squires during a formal gala celebration. www.tulsaopera.com

October TBA Habitat for Humanity Play through 18 holes to build more houses for families in the Tulsa area. www.tulsahabitat.org

Momentum Tulsa  October

Global Vision Awards Dinner  October TBA

Buddy Walk  October TBA

Race for a Cure  October

Bruce G. Weber Tennis Classic  October TBA

Mutt Strut  October TBA

McDazzle Fun Ball  October

Down Syndrome Association of Tulsa Show support for families at this walking event through Central Park at Union Public Schools. www.dsat.org DVIS This annual event raises awareness for the kennel at DVIS, the first kennel in an Oklahoma domestic violence shelter. Join DVIS for a dog walk and costume contest at a local park. www.dvis.org

TBA Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition Momentum exhibits the state’s artists, ages 30 and younger, helping them gain experience and meet new audiences. www.momentumoklahoma.org TBA Susan G. Komen Tulsa Make an impact in the community and join the fight against breast cancer. www.komentulsa.org TBA Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tulsa The black-tie gala features a cocktail reception, dinner, live music, auctions and more to benefit The House That Love Built. www.rmhtulsa.org

Tulsa Global Alliance The 21st annual event will honor those who make impactful contributions to their community. www.tulsaglobalalliance.org

Bruce G. Weber Precious Jewels The ninth annual event will have men and women volleying for points and vying for the title. www.brucegweber.com

Laps for Little Ones  October TBA Little Light House The fun run and carnival that celebrates Little Light House’s alumni students takes place at Cascia Hall. www.littlelighthouse.org

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town Tulsa. www.okfoodbank.org

Kids’ World International Festival  Nov. 9-12

Care Card Shopping  Novem-

Unite!   Nov. 10

National Philanthropy Day Luncheon  November TBA

Tulsa Global Alliance More than 30 countries and cultures will be under one roof at the Expo Center’s Exchange Center. www.tulsaglobalalliance.org Tulsa Area United Way Join Tulsa Area United Way for the end of campaign celebration. www.tauw.org

Grands for Babies Luncheon  Nov. 11

Emergency Infant Services Join Emergency Infant Services for a champagne luncheon at the Oaks Country Club to support their mission to assist babies in need. www.eistulsa.org

Old Bags Luncheon  Nov. 14

Crosstown Learning Center The ninth annual luncheon will bring supporters to Southern Hills Country Club. www.crosstowntulsa.org

Champagne & Chocolate 

Nov. 16 Living Arts of Tulsa A night of holiday glamour at the Living Arts of Tulsa. Enjoy complimetary champagne and exquisite chocolates while supporting Tulsa artists. www.livingarts.org

ber TBA Family & Children Services Buy a Care Card and enjoy up to 20 percent off early holiday shopping at 200 stores and restaurants. www.carecardok.com

Association of Fundraising Professionals Join the local association chapter as it recognizes the contributions of Tulsa’s philanthropic community with awards and a luncheon at the Mayo Hotel. www.afpeastok.afpnet.org

Giving Spirits  November

TBA Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma Giving Spirits is a one-of-akind whiskey tasting experience, an event perfect for entertaining clients or gathering with friends. The Grand Tasting allows guests to sample a collection of spirits from a variety of distilleries and attend educational seminars focusing on the nuance and craft of whiskey making. www.okfoodbank.org

Xtreme Hike  November TBA Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Stories of Light Radio-thon 

Nov. 17-19 Make-A-Wish Foundation Oklahoma The 10th annual event features inspirational stories from Wish Kids, Wish Families and Volunteers while also showcasing the goodwill and community involvement of local businesses. www.oklahoma.wish.org

Turkey Day 5k & Fun Run 

Nov. 24 Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma The Turkey Day 5k & Fun Run is an opportunity to join the fight against hunger in Eastern Oklahoma by raising funds and awareness. The race takes place every Thanksgiving morning at Guthrie Green in down-

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Xtreme Hike is about reaching new heights‚ physically and philanthropically. It is a journey of passion, determination, personal triumph and is an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people with cystic fibrosis. www.cff.org/chapters/tulsa

JA Investor Challenge  November TBA Junior Achievement Oklahoma High school students learn about the basics of trading, markets and business on the stock exchange floor with mentors and activities. www.jaok.org

Philbrook Festival of Trees  November TBA

Philbrook Museum of Art Celebrate the holiday season with Philbrook as the museum comes alive with local artworks for sale, festive holiday events, and thousands of lights reflecting the spirit of the season. www.philbrook.org

DECEMBER Room in the Inn, Room in our Hearts  Dec. 1

Hospitality House of Tulsa Annual Christmas light launch and Waiting Room Survival Kits are distributed to area hospitals for out-of-town families in medical crisis.

www.tulsahospitalityhouse.org

Sixth Annual Falalalala Ball  Dec. 17 Oklahomans for Equality This nice and naughty evening will include live entertainment, cash bar and light hor d’oeuvres. www.okeq.org

Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award Black-tie Dinner  Dec. 2

Tulsa Library Trust The winner of the Tulsa Library Trust’s 2016 Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award will receive the award and give a presentation to patrons. www.helmerichaward.org

Children’s Holiday Party 

Dec. 3 Total Source for Hearing Loss & Access Children and families enjoy refreshments, games, crafts, prizes. Each child leaves with a stocking filled with goodies and a picture taken with Santa. www.tsha.cc

McBirney New Year’s Eve Party  Dec. 31

Emergency Infant Services Ring in the new year with a celebration that benefits Tulsa’s infants and parents in need. www.eistulsa.org


Tulsa Jingle Bell Run  December TBA Arthritis Foundation Be part of the largest holiday 5k race series aimed to fight arthritis. Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis is a fun and festive way to kick off the holidays by helping others. Run or walk a five-kilometer route with your team members (dogs welcome) and celebrate the season by giving. www.arthritis.org

Cascia Christmas Walk  December TBA Cascia Hall Preparatory School Celebrate the holiday spirit with Casica Hall Preparatory School. The event includes music and songs and a tour of the school. www.casciahall.org

Women’s Auxiliary Christmas Fashion Show  December TBA Salvation Army Tulsa Area Command The 64th annual Tulsa SAWA Luncheon features 500 silent auction items. www.salarmytulsa.org

Tulsa Polar Plunge  December TBA Special Olympics Oklahoma Hearty individuals plunge into freezing water to benefit Special Olympics Oklahoma. Polar plungers arrive in costume to make the plunge an even more fun event. www.sook.org

AHHA Holiday Festival & Market  December TBA

Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa Work by area artists and crafters are part of the unique holiday experience at the Hardesty Arts Center. www.ahhatulsa.org

OKC JANUARY OKC Charity Fight Night 

Jan. 14 Oklahoma City Police Athletic League A night benefiting the OKC

Ryan Tanner, Pat Chernicky and Jay Krottinger, Red Ribbon Gala, Tulsa CARES. Police Athletic League, featuring guest host Evander Holyfield. www.okcfightnight.com

creative process. www.oklahomacontemporary.org

ArtNow Gala  Jan. 22

United Way of Central Oklahoma This elegant event celebrates the accomplishments of donors and volunteers in the annual fundraising campaign. The total dollars raised during the campaign will be announced and volunteer awards are presented along with a formal dinner and live music. www.unitedwayokc.org

Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center The gala, held on the final night of the exhibition, helps to raise funds to keep Oklahoma Contemporary exhibitions free of charge to the public throughout the year. The Oklahoma artists featured in the exhibit also attend the Gala so that guests can learn about their works and

Snowflake Gala  Jan. 22

Boots and Ball Gowns Gala 

Jan. 23 Infant Crisis Services The western-themed gala celebrates the work of Infant Crisis Services with a fundraising night at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. www.infantcrisis.org

Firehouse Art Center Chocolate Festival  Jan. 30

Firehouse Art Center The 34th annual fundraiser for the Firehouse Art Center takes

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place at the NCED Hotel and Conference Center in Norman. www.normanfirehouse.com

FEBRUARY Chocolate Decadence  Feb. 4 Automobile Alley District Join the Automobile Alley District for a night of elegance benefiting the organization. www.automobilealley.org

Mardi Gras Masquerade 

Feb. 5 New Hope Oklahoma This event raises funds for advancing New Hope’s mission and provides inspiration to the New Hope team. www.newhopeoklahoma.org

Taste of OKC  Feb. 6

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma Join BBBSOK for an evening of gourmet tastings from 30 of Oklahoma City’s best restaurants, silent and live auctions, dancing and live music. www.bbbsok.org

The Orchid Show  Feb. 13-

March 19 Myriad Gardens Foundation www.myriadgardens.org

Metro Juliette Lowe Leadership Society Luncheon  Feb. 18 Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma The event will honor Lil Ross for her dedication to education and leadership in the Oklahoma City community. www.gswestok.org

Super Hero Bowl  Feb. 19

Junior Achievement of Oklahoma This year’s Super Hero Bowl is an annual JA bowl-a-thon and is the Junior Achievement of Oklahoma OKC region’s largest fundraising event of the year. JA aims to bring financial literacy programs to life in Oklahoma classrooms. www.jaok.org

Oklahoma City Heart Ball 

Feb. 20 American Heart Association Stop by the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum for a gala of fine dining, entertainment and auctions that will

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benefit the American Heart Association’s mission of better heart health. www.okcheartball.org

Envision The Future Luncheon  Feb. 24

NewView Oklahoma This free one-hour luncheon in Oklahoma City highligts the life-changing programs and services provided by NewView. The luncheon includes testimonials from staff and clients. www.newviewoklahoma.org

Friends of the Library Book Sale  Feb. 26

Metro Library The first book sale was held in 1981 and has grown to become one of the largest in the nation with more than 600,000 books for sale. To accomodate the size of the sale, it is held at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds. The first day is reserved for library members, and it opens to the public on Saturday at 9 a.m. www.metrolibrary.org

Excellence in Leadership Awards and Gala  Feb. 27

Leadership Oklahoma Leadership Oklahoma honors outstanding leaders from across the state, highlighting individuals and organizations making a positive and meaningful difference in Oklahoma. The four categories include the Distinguished Graduate Award, the Business Leadership Award, the Statewide Community Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award. www.leadershipoklahoma.com

of the Red Earth Festival with a Master Artist reunion show featuring award-winning artists from previous Red Earth art competitions. www.redearth.org

Red Tie Night   March 5

Oklahoma AIDS Care Fund The annual event bringing patrons together to raise money, awareness and support for those affected by AIDS will take place at the Cox Convention Center. www.okaidscarefund.com

Chefs’ Feast  March 10

Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma Sample delicious dishes, which are designed to follow the event’s space theme, from 25 of the metro’s best restaurants. The event also features a variety of fine wines and spirits, which are included with the ticket price. Proceeds from this food and wine tasting event benefit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Food for Kids childhood hunger programs. www.regionalfoodbank.org

Walk to End Alzheimer’s   March 15

Alzheimer’s Association Join the fight to find a cure for Alzheimer’s with other members of the community at the annual event.

www.alz.org

OKC Memory Gala  March 16 Alzheimer’s Association A night dedicated to the fight against Alzheimer’s. Enjoy food, entertainment and a special guest. www.alz.org

O’Connell’s St. Patrick’s Day Run  March 17

Special Olympics Oklahoma The annual run features multiple events and is presented by O’Connell’s in Norman. www.sook.org

Distinguished Service Awards Luncheon  March 23

OKC Beautiful The 33rd annual luncheon recognizes individuals, businesses and civic organizations that strive to create and sustain programs and projects that benefit the Oklahoma City metro area through beautification, volunteer work and other service-related projects. www.okcbeautiful.com

E.C. Joullian Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner  March 29 Boy Scouts of America The Boy Scouts of America, Last Frontier Council is proud to honor Lee Allan Smith with the Third Annual E.C. Joullian Distinguished Citizen Award. This award recognizes a life-

MARCH Ninth Annual Wish Luncheon - A Bag Full of Wishes   March 1

Make-A-Wish Oklahoma During the luncheon, guests will have the chance to bid on handbags, jewelry and designer accessories donated by various boutiques, individuals and celebrities from across the state. www.oklahoma.wish.org

Red Earth Master Artist 30 Year Reunion  March 1

Red Earth, Inc. Celebrate the 30th anniversary

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Julie and John Nickel, Tulsa Botanic Garden Circle Dinner.


Shrek-tastic, will take place at the Oklahoma City Petroleum Club. www.oklahomachildrenstheatre.org

Terence and Jeanette Kern and Kathy and Jake Henry Jr., Painted Pony Ball, Saint Francis Health System.

Evening EscApe  April 16

Oklahoma City Zoo, Oklahoma Zoological Society The Oklahoma Zoological Society and OKC Zoo invite you to attend this special fundraising event and help great ape conservation. The evening will include wine and beer, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, silent auction, behindthe-scenes tour of Great EscApe and the opportunity to interact with Great EscApe keepers. www.zoofriends.org

2 Minute 5k and Kiddie k 

time of service to Oklahoma and Oklahomans in a way that represents the values of the Scout Oath and Law. www.scouting.org

JA Business Success Series Luncheon  March 30

Junior Achievement of Oklahoma The Business Success Series (BSS) is an opportunity for Junior Achievement to feature speakers who share important perspectives on topics relevant to business people in the community. www.jaok.org

Byliners Awards Dinner  March 31

Association for Women in Communications The Association for Women in Communications honors Oklahoma women who have made a significant contribution or impact in their community. www.awcokc.org

Annual Lexus Raffle  Thru

March Make-A-Wish Foundation Oklahoma Only 1,600 tickets at $100 each will be sold statewide. The winner will be selected on or before March 31. The grand prize is a well-equipped, newly designed 2016 Lexus RX. Second and third prizes similar to a 50-inch HDTV and an iPad will also be available. www.oklahoma.wish.org

Wings to Fly Run  March TBA Children’s Hospital Foundation The 5th annual run will feature 15k, 5k and a Miracle Mile. www.okchf.org

APRIL ARTini  April 1

Allied Arts Oklahoma City’s largest martini tasting, mixed with live entertainment, food and an exclusive art auction. ARTini is hosted by Catalyst, Allied Arts’ young professionals group. www.alliedartsokc.com

Under The Big Top  April 7

Calm Waters Center for Children and Families The carnival is coming to town. Under The Big Top will be emceed by a local celebrity guest and will feature twists on classic carnival foods. You’ll be fascinated by an array of entertainers, carnival artists, and carnival games that you could never win as a kid. www.calmwaters.org

INTEGRIS Gala  April 8

INTEGRIS Foundation The grand affair benefits the foundation and health care system programs serving the greater Oklahoma City area. Look for dinner, dancing and more at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. www.integrisgiving.org

Central Oklahoma Heart Walk  April 9

American Heart Association Show your support for heart health and the American Heart Association’s effort in the Oklahoma City region by joining the walk at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. www.okcheartwalk.org

Starlight Supper  April 14

Downtown OKC The fourth annual Starlight Supper will be a night to remember. Guests age 21 and over gather to support public art and dine under the stars at the beautiful Bicentennial Park in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City. www.downtownokc.com

Literary Voices  April 14

Metro Library Literary Voices is a project of the Library Endowment Trust that brings world-class authors to Oklahoma City. This year’s even features the author of The Perfect Storm, Sebastian Junger. www.supportmls.org

Cleats and Cocktails  April 15

Wes Welker Foundation NFL player and Oklahoma native Wes Welker will be hosting his annual fundraiser, Cleats and Cocktails, to benefit the Wes Welker Foundation www.weswelkerfoundation.org

Fairy Tale Ball  April 16

Oklahoma Children’s Theatre This year’s event, themed

April 16 YWCA Oklahoma City The eighth annual event raises awareness and funds to help prevent sexual assault in the U.S. www.ywcaokc.org

Festival of the Arts  April 19-24 Arts Council Oklahoma City Oklahoma City’s rite of spring is back for its annual celebration of art and culture in downtown Oklahoma City. www.artscouncilokc.com

19th Annual Red Earth Golf Tournament  April 25

Red Earth, Inc. Edmond’s exclusive Oak Tree Country Club is the site of this year’s tournament. The tournament benefits year-round programming at Red Earth art competitions. www.redearth.org

Reach for the Stars!  April 29 Youth Services for Oklahoma County Cocktails and dinner will be served with auctions and opportunities to help the agency change lives. www.ysoc.org

Downtown Edmond Arts Festival  April 29-May 31

Downtown Edmond Business Association Enjoy more than 100 artists, a variety of food vendors, local musicians and a children’s area with games, rides and activities in downtown Edmond on Broadway. www.downtownedmondok.com

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Bowling for Kids’ Sake  April

and May TBA Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma Bowling for Kids’ Sake is about coming together with friends, family or co-workers and making a difference in the community while having fun at the same time. Funds raised by BFKS go directly to giving children in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma program the mentor that will help them on the path to reaching their full potential. www.bbbsok.org

MAY JDRF Run for the Roses Hope Gala  May 7

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Don’t forget big hats for JDRF’s Derby-themed gala at Oklahoma City’s Chevy Event Center. www.centraloklahoma.jdrf.org

Ostrich Egg Breakfast  May

TBA Oklahoma City Zoo, Oklahoma Zoological Society Ostrich Egg Breakfast is the premier family event at the Oklahoma City Zoo. It includes all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, bacon, scrambled hens’ eggs, waffles and omelets cooked to order by the best chefs and volunteers in Oklahoma City. www.zoofriends.org

Turquoise Takeover Week 

May 8 American Lung Association Women’s Lung Health Week returns, so wear turquoise to show your support of the American Lung Association. www.lung.org

Junior Achievement Classic  May 9

Junior Achievement of Oklahoma This year marks the 15th JA Classic Corporate Golf Challenge, which features a “shamble” format combining elements of a scramble with elements of a regular stroke play round. Event proceeds help Junior Achievement of Oklahoma teach more than 55,000 Oklahoma students financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness programs in grades K-12 each year. www.jaok.org

Oklahoma City Go Red For Women Luncheon  May 19

American Heart Association Join 500 of Oklahoma City’s women leaders at the 2016 Go Red For Women luncheon. www.okcgored.heart.org

Evening with the Elephants  May 20

Oklahoma City Zoo, Oklahoma Zoological Society Join the Oklahoma City pachyderm team for an evening of fun and education learning about our gentle giants. The evening includes an ele-

phant demonstration, light hors d’ oeuvres, wine and beer, behind-the-scenes tour, dinner and silent auction. Space is limited to 50 guests. www.zoofriends.org

Calm Waters’ Golf Classic  May 23

Calm Waters Center for Children and Families Join Calm Waters for a day on the course, featuring longest drive competitions, hole-in-one challenges and other golf-related contests. www.calmwaters.org

Walk to Cure Arthritis  May-

TBA Arthritis Foundation Participants walk in honor of a friend or family member with arthritis. People with arthritis wear blue hats to signify their action in taking control of their condition. The event features a three-mile and one-mile course, with arthritis information and activities for the entire family. In many communities, pet owners are invited to bring their dogs along for the event. www.arthritis.org

Broadway and Brew  May

TBA Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma This year’s event,in downtown Oklahoma City, will give patrons the chance to sip on a variety of local beers and sample delicious food from around town. Guests will also enjoy entertainment from Lyric performers and local musical artists. www.broadwayandbrew.com

Tour De Cure  May TBA

American Diabetes Association A day packed with excitement and energy where cyclists of all levels join forces in the fight to stop diabetes and raise critical funds for diabetes research. www.diabetes.org

JUNE Cathey and Mike Barkley, Jeanette Kern and Jake Henry Jr., Painted Pony Ball Luncheon, Saint Francis Health System.

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Relay For Life  June 3

American Cancer Society Take part in the world’s largest fundraising event at the OSUOKC fitness track to celebrate those who have overcome cancer, remember those who lost the battle and to continue striving for a cure.

www.relayforlife/org/okcok

Masquerade Ball  June 4

Canterbury Choral Society Masked patrons will enjoy the annual gala with silent auction, dinner and live music at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel. www.canterburyokc.com

Red Earth Festival  June 10

Red Earth, Inc. For three days, more than 100 American Indian artists gather in Oklahoma City to celebrate the richness and diversity of their heritage. www.redearth.org

Mayors’ Golf Tournament 

June 13 OKC Beautiful The 17th annual tournament raises funds for OKC Beautiful programs, including AdoptA-Park, Landscapes, OKC Harvest, LitterBlitz, Teen Board, MOB Young Professionals and Mother Earth. All of these programs serve to beautify the community and instill those passions in the youth of the city. www.okcbeautiful.com

Shooting Stars Clay Classic 

June 17 Make-A-Wish Oklahoma Open to men and women above the age of 18, this firstclass shoot is a fun and relaxing day outdoors with good food, shooting clays, exciting prizes and games. www.oklahoma.wish.org

Zoobilation  June 17

Oklahoma City Zoo, Oklahoma Zoological Society Zoobilation is the Oklahoma Zoological Society’s annual no-tie gala held every June. It is the largest fundraiser for the Oklahoma City Zoo. The unique party is held at the Oklahoma City Zoo, with food from Oklahoma City’s favorite restaurants, specialty drinks including the “Zootini‚“ a silent auction and live music. www.zoofriends.org

Lung Force Walk  June 18

American Lung Association Join others at the Great Lawn of the Myriad Gardens to make a difference in lives impacted by lung cancer. www.lungforce.org/walk


Tom McDaniel, Kristin Chenoweth, Junie and Jerry Chenoweth, The Basket Ball, Stephenson Cancer Center.

Purple Sash Gala  June 18

YWCA Oklahoma City Enjoy an elegant, black-tie evening that includes dinner, silent and live auctions, survivor stories and a high-energy fashion runway show. www.ywcaokc.org

Relay for Life  June TBA

American Cancer Society This run represents hope for those who are fighting cancer. www.cancer.org

AUGUST Engaging Men Breakfast  Aug. 4 YWCA Oklahoma City Men make a difference in the lives of women and families impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault. The event will be at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. www.ywcaokc.org

Sporting Clays Classic  Aug. 26 Boy Scouts of America The Boy Scouts of America’s Last Frontier Council is excited to hold the sixth annual Sporting Clays Classic to support local Scouting throughout central and western Oklahoma. www.scouting.org

Cookies & Cocktails  August

TBA Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma Join guests as they sample Girl Scout Cookie-inspired hors d’oeuvres created by Oklahoma City’s favorite restaurants. www.gswestok.org

SEPTEMBER Renaissance Ball  Sept. 9

Oklahoma City Museum of Art The 41st annual event brings patrons to the city for cocktails, dinner and dancing. www.okcmoa.com

Campaign Kick Off  Sept. 9

United Way of Central Oklahoma The annual campaign kick off is a community-wide public event featuring a free pancake breakfast cooked up by community leaders.The festivities include a pancake flipping contest, live music and the announcement of the 2016 campaign goal. www.unitedwayokc.org

ZooBrew  Sept. 30

Oklahoma City Zoo, Oklahoma Zoological Society ZooBrew is a beer-tasting event featuring more than 30 beers provided by local brew-

eries and distributors. During the event, patrons will sample beers, listen to live music, enjoy great food and have the chance to participate in a raffle. www.zoofriends.org

Sixth Annual Walk For Wishes  September TBA

Make-A-Wish Oklahoma Powered by wish families, volunteers, donors and friends, Walk for Wishes celebrates the thousands of wishes that have already been granted while raising funds for future wishes. www.oklahoma.wish.org

Broadway Ball  September TBA

Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma The Broadway Ball is Lyric’s annual black-tie fundraising gala which raises money to support Lyric’s year round program. A multi-course meal, open bar, live/silent auction, raffle, dancing and Lyric’s signature entertainment have made this event one of the hottest tickets in town! www.lyrictheatreokc.com

Broadway Ball  September TBA Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma The Broadway Ball is Lyric’s annual black-tie fundraising gala that raises money to support Lyric’s year round

program. A multi-course meal, open bar, live/silent auction, raffle, dancing and Lyric’s signature entertainment have made this event one of the hottest tickets in town. www.lyrictheatreokc.com

JDRF One Walk  Septem-

ber TBA Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk with your community at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark to support JDRF’s research. www.centraloklahoma.jdrf.org

OCTOBER Tribute to Excellence  Octo-

ber TBA Arthritis Foundation The Tribute to Excellence honors two Oklahomans for their commitment to the community and for their support of the Arthritis Foundation’s vision: to find a cure and end the pain of the more than 50 million Americans who suffer from arthritis, the nation’s most common cause of disability. www.arthritis.org

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OPUS VIIII  October TBA

Allied Arts A one-of-a-kind biennial fundraiser, OPUS promises a night full of food, cocktails, dancing and once-in-a-lifetime auction experiences in support of the arts. www.alliedartsokc.com

Visions  November TBA

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Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits Visions Honors those who see a better future for our communities through the tireless commitment of nonprofits. Held annually at the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club. www.okcnp.org

Oklahoma Hall of Fame  No-

Celebrate Pink OKC  Novem-

vember TBA Oklahoma Heritage Association The Oklahoma Heritage Association inducts a new class of distinguished Oklahomans into the ranks of its highest honors. www.oklahomaheritage.com

ber TBA Oklahoma Project Women Food, fashion, friends and fun plus Oklahoma’s own Kristin Chenoweth speaking on her mother’s breast cancer journey. www.oklahomaprojectwomen.org

Laura Parrott, Gentner and Wendy Drummond and Kayla Vaughn, Kaleidoscope Ball, Emergency Infant Services.

DECEMBER Women Who Care Share Luncheon  Dec. 1

YWCA Oklahoma City The annual luncheon raises critical funds to support YWCA programs and services benefiting victims of domestic violence in central Oklahoma. At this networking event that brings hundreds of profession-

Sarah Coburn and Peggy Helmerich, Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award, Tulsa Library Trust.

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al women in the community together, each guest will receive a firsthand account of lives that have been changed and a cycle of violence that was broken. www.ywcaokc.org

Opening Night  Dec. 31

Arts Council Oklahoma City Celebrate the New Year with Arts Council Oklahoma City’s New Year’s Eve celebration. www.artscouncilokc.com

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