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Page 1...............ONE Award Page 2...............Summer Apprenticeship Program Page 3a.............Alumni Spotlight Page 3b.............Garden Party Thanks
Jean Winfrey, Executive Director, was excited about what this award might mean for the waiting list children. “With approximately 140 children awaiting services at the Little
terman Foundation for sponsoring the award. We are thrilled to receive this prize money for the Little Light House. With tuition-free services, every dollar makes a huge difference in the lives of our students,” said Molly Smith, Director of Development at the Little Light House.
On Saturday, April 20 the Little Light House was honored to receive the title “Oklahoma’s Top Nonprofit” at the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence (ONE) Awards. The ONE Awards Program annually honors the outstanding work of Oklahoma nonprofits. The Little Light House was nominated in the category of Health Services, sponsored by the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation and the Herman Kaiser Foundation, and was announced the winner for their category. Later the LLH was announced as the Top Nonprofit in the state, and Marcia Mitchell, Founder and CEO, and Jean Winfrey, Executive Director, were there to accept this outstanding honor. Out of 19,000 nonprofits in the state of Oklahoma, 24 organizations are nominated by the ONE Awards Selection Committee in eight categories: Arts and Humanities, Community, Education, Health Services, Self-Sufficiency, Seniors, Sports and Recreation and Youth Development. All 24 nonprofits receive a $5,000 prize, and category winners receive $7,500. The overall winner receives a grand prize of $10,000, sponsored by the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. “We are so thankful to the Schus-
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Light House, we believe this award will assist us in gaining further attention for our building expansion project and our Capital Campaign, Building Brighter Tomorrows for Children with Special Needs. The sooner we are able to break ground and begin construction, the sooner these precious children can receive the early intervention they so deserve.” Phil Lakin, Jr., a ONE Awards Selection Commissioner and CEO of the Tulsa Community Foundation, said the award for the Little Light House was well deserved. “This organization does so much to help Oklahoma’s most precious and vulnerable children,” Lakin said. “I am honored that The Little Light House is the winner of the Charles Schusterman Award for Excellence, and I know their staff and board will be proud of this special distinction.” This is the sixth year for the ONE Awards. Past overall winners have included the Oklahoma FFA Foundation, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Mental Health Association in Tulsa, Oklahoma Blood Institute and the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. The Little Light House is honored to join these organizations as the recipient of this award.
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Event or PromoThe summer session dates are
June 11th through July 18th 2013 Training is scheduled for June 5th 9:30-11:30am Application Deadline is: June 1st, 2013
I N V O L V E D Summer Apprenticeship Program for ages 14 and up
A Christian Developmental Center providing highly specialized education & therapeutic services to children with special needs Gain hands-on experience in working with children with special needs Learn more about Speech Therapy, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Nursing, Special Education and Low Vision Therapy
To learn more about the LLH, visit our website at www.littlelighthouse.org
For Application & additional information, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at (918)664-6746 or email: email@example.com Please return the application before June 1st in order to be considered for the Summer Program
14 year old Emma Tims goes to Bishop Kelley High School, plays soccer, and loves to paint. She attended the Summer Apprenticeship Program at the Little Light House for the first time in 2012 and is excited about returning for 2013! Here is a little bit about Emma! Why did you decide to start volunteering at the LLH? I heard
about the Little Light House from my mom who is a para for the RISE Program at Marquette. I decided to start volunteering after being around all the amazing kids with special needs at Marquette and watching my mom make a difference in their lives. I was pretty nervous on my first day. I didn’t really know what to expect. But the moment I walked into the classroom I was welcomed with open arms and all my nerves vanished. I got there a little early so there was only one student in the classroom. Right away he told me where to sit down and we started rolling a ball to each other while he chatted
away. By the end of the day I couldn’t wait to get back. I ended up switching from just volunteering one day to three days a week because I loved it so much.
What was your favorite part of volunteering? I really loved everything
about volunteering. But I especially loved getting to interact with the kids and forming close relationships with all of them. I am extremely blessed that the Little Light House came into my life. Not only did it have a huge impact on my faith, it changed my whole outlook on life. I used to be caught up with trivial things but the kids taught me what is really important and what it really means to live a happy life full of love.
What is one of your favorite memories from volunteering last summer? I remember one morning I was
bouncing a little red ball with Daniel and we were sitting near the door while parents were still dropping off their kids. A mom from the classroom across the hall stopped to talk to our teacher with her little boy. The little boy really wanted the ball Daniel was playing with so they said he could have it once Daniel’s turn was over. Daniel heard
all of this and without anyone telling him, he got up and gave the ball to the little boy. This just amazed me, he had such a big heart and was willing to give up his toy without a second thought.
What are you most looking forward to about volunteering this summer? I am most looking
forward to meeting new kids this summer. I have been missing the Little Light House so much throughout the year. I am super excited to just be there. It always puts me in a good mood. My mom and I call it the happiest place on earth.
Sarah Elizabeth Parrack By Sarah’s Mom
Sarah is an alumni of the Little Light House, starting school there before she was one year old. Sarah thrived in the classrooms with the love and prayers of the teachers and staff. She was in 5 different classes and we still talk about each class and pray for the teachers and assistants. Sarah has many interests and activities. She is a student at the Union 8th grade center and takes regular education, modified history and science classes, sings in the 8th grade choir, and attends Special Education math and English classes. Sarah is excited to travel with the 8th grade choir to Branson to perform in April this year. Sarah truly loves to swim and she does so weekly, year round, to prepare for the Winter Special Olympics. In January she placed 1st in the 50 meter butterfly and freestyle races and the relay. In the Summer Olympics in May, Sarah will be running track. Sarah also plays basketball in both the Challenger and Upwards leagues and has played soccer and danced ballet in the past. She also enjoys Horseback Therapy: the riding time, getting to know the horses and the people.
Sarah loves to travel, learn new things and meet people. She attends Camp Barnabas in Missouri each summer as well as Camp Perfect Wings in Oklahoma and Camp Hope in Tulsa. Sarah is quite “adventurous” and riding roller coasters at theme parks is always
Sarah was baptized this past year to let others know that she had asked Christ to live in her heart. She is a member of Parkview Baptist Church, and participates in numerous children’s and youth events through the years. Last fall, Sarah volunteered at the mission fair, at LLH booth of course! Sarah enjoys annually helping at Laps to show appreciation and congratulations to the runners.
fun. She has two brothers, Andrew and Joshua, that she loves dearly. For the past two years, Sarah has been honored to be the “Tulsa Winterfest Princess” and enjoyed being crowned and presented with beautiful roses at the BOK Winterfest stage. Sarah has many dreams and just this last week she said, “that’s my dream, to go to college.” She has also spoken often of being a Chef and owning her own restaurant, as she loves to cook and try new recipes. Sarah believes in these dreams, and is working diligently daily to reach them. She is a delight to know and such an encourager to all she meets. Sarah’s time spent in the halls of the LLH instilled in her the belief in her abilities to achieve all things. Truly, “I can do all things, through Christ who strengthens me”, has remained a life verse for Sarah.
Thank You to Our 2013 Garden Party Sponsors Honorary Chair Julia Ann Lawson Platinum Key Sponsors H.A. and Mary K. Chapman Charitable Trust, The Hale Family Foundation Gold Key Sponsor Donald and Dee Ann Quarles Silver Key Sponsors Jack and Jo Babbitt, George Kaiser Family Foundation, Paragon Industries, Inc., Jim and Ann McKellar, Alan and Felicia Stark, Wolf Mountain Foundation Bronze Key Sponsors Burnette Windows and Siding, Tulsa Dental Center, Jenni Burkitt, DDS - Dentistry for Children, Matrix Service
Brass Key Sponsors Sharon King Davis, Capital Advisories, Inc., Hercules Tire Sales, Tom & Julia Ann Lawson, TTCU The Credit Union, Dr. Richard and Diane Mills, Carole Nikkel, Phil and Marcia Mitchell, Cheryl Emmer, First Bank & Trust Company of Wagoner Master Key Sponsor Flintco, LLC Charm Key Sponsors Barbara Lacey, Patricia Dowell, John and Shirley Runn, Eve Joseph, Jim and Cheryl Lefler Crown Key Sponsors David and Rebecca Parrack, Jayne Ann Holmes, Michelle Lamb, David Damiani, Jan Sevencaks
Special Thanks to: Sharon King Davis, Jay Litchfield, CP Solutions, Rhonda Holland and Holland MultiMedia, Jerry DeBolt, Victory Christian Students, T4 Media, Rondalyn Abode, Exquisite Valet, Artworks Tulsa Photography, “Cowboys for a Cause” - OSU Alumni Association Tulsa Chapter, M&M Lumber, Certa-Pro Painters, The Bearington Company And all of our fabulous builders of this years playhouse: Wayne and Ryan Farabough of Perfection Homes, Ken Easton of Frametek, Jim McKellar of M&M Lumber, Jim Lane of A-Best Roofing, Shaun Smith of Brasco Electric, Tom Barbour of Certa-Pro Painters, Jake Cahalen of Mill Creek, Tom Nickolas of Renaissance Wood Floors and Ricardo Tellez of Tellez Ornamental Iron.
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MEMORIALS AND HONORARIUMS Mr. and Mrs. James Webb Ms. Martha Schoonover Mr. and Mrs. James Stanton Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ward Mr. and Mrs. David Black Olive Jean Schneider Trust Mr. Stephen Hopkins Ms. Virginia H. Thomas Mr. and Mrs. John Looper Mr. and Mrs. Jim McKellar Ms. Barbara Williams Mr. and Mrs. Barry Fletcher Mr. and Mrs. Harold F. Ovington Mr. and Mrs. J. Williams Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Collins Ms. Lana Franchek The Carl and Helen Lee Family Trust Mr. and Mrs. John Gates Ms. Dorothy M. Imbs Mrs. Carol Holt Mrs. Joan Kellenberger Mr. Michael Cloud
In Memory of Leah Jean Dains In Memory of Leah Jean Dains In Memory of Chuck Stanton In Memory of Marilyn Jones In Memory of Leonard Merryman In Memory of Leah Jean Dains In Memory of Mr. & Mrs. A.P. Hopkins/Mr. & Mrs. F.F. Livingston In Memory of Leah Jean Dains In Memory of Marilyn Jones In Memory of Ernest Moody In Memory of Leah Jean Dains In Memory of Andrew Saas In Memory of Marilyn Jones In Memory of Jean Dains In Memory of Cheyenne Collins In Honor of Daniel Holcomb In Honor of Marjorie Wilson In Memory of Leah Jean Dains In Memory of Marilyn Jones In Honor of Keith Boyd In Honor of Jacob Lane Petersen In Honor of Hayden Elliot
From the Executive Director......
For many years I have been blessed to work with and beside our Founder Marcia Mitchell. She has been an incredible coach and extraordinary mentor to me, as well as to our entire staff over the years. Marcia has laid the groundwork for a great work ahead. As I continue in my role as Executive Director, I want to assure each of you of my commitment to continue the work God has begun through Marcia’s obedience to follow His direction and plans. It will always be my goal to maintain the same standards that have been established these past forty years and God will continue to receive the glory for the work of this ministry.
I believe each of you, who are closely related to and involved in this ministry, are quick to recognize that it is through God’s faithfulness and blessings that the Little Light House has grown to be what it is today. Yet, we have so much more to do in the years ahead and I am confident we will continue to grow and flourish. With the building expansion plans in our future, and the programs we already have in place, we will be able to more than double the number of children we provide services to, but will also continue to develop and enrich existing training programs to assure more international interns, university students and others are exposed to the work we do. One reason I am confident in what the future holds is because of the truly wonderful and devoted professional staff we have in place. In the months ahead I will be introducing you to our Management Team and our other remarkable staff members. The LLH is blessed to have individuals who are committed to being on staff here. So, I hope you will be looking forward to the Beacons to come and become acquainted with our team members.
Also, I want you to know how grateful I am to have your continued support as we move forward with a new season of the Little Light House. We are expecting great things ahead and YOU are a vital part of our success. It truly takes each and every one of us to accomplish all that God has in store. As Marcia has said many times, “We could not do what we do, without the generous, giving support of the Tulsa community.” I know how true that is! You are very much appreciated. Lastly, I want to personally encourage each of you to attend our evening to honor Marcia Mitchell on June 27th. As we celebrate her 40 years of leadership and dedication to the work God called her to begin, we are anticipating a time of celebrating her accomplishments. We want the evening to be an extra special time of blessing for her, and that will only be possible if you are present to celebrate with us! So please mark your calendars and plan to attend. May the Lord bless you for all that you have done and continue to do.
- Jean Winfrey
Michael Amberg and Kayden
Amazing Athletes of Eastern Oklahoma visits the Little Light House once a month to teach our students new sports and activities. Using the gym as a classroom, every Little Light House student is challenged in his or her gross motor development through different games and sports activities and child-sized sporting equipment. Our students have learned how to play games like soccer and wiffleball as a group. The Amazing Athlete coaches have also worked with our students on learning skills like kicking a football and throwing a tennis ball. They’re Amazing Athletes! This partnership with Amazing Athletes has been so amazing for our students. Thanks Coach Michael and everyone at Amazing Athletes of Eastern Oklahoma!
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You Are Invited
To a night honoring the living legacy of
Victory Christian Center 7700 S. Lewis Ave • Tulsa, OK Thursday, June 27th, 2013 at 6:30 pm
RSVP by June 10th Seating is limited firstname.lastname@example.org or 918.664.6746
In lieu of gifts, a donation can be made to the LLH Capital Campaign in Marcia’s honor