November 2017 Around Town 3

Women’s Resource Center Gala Scheduled for Dec. 9

The Women’s Resource Center Gala, the Norman-based organization’s annual event to raise awareness about the effects of domestic and sexual violence on individuals, families and the community, is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, 2401 Chautauqua Ave.

Keynote speaker is author/blogger/businesswoman Leslie Morgan Steiner, a frequent presenter on family violence. Her talk at the gala will take attendees on the roller coaster experience of falling in love with, marrying, and ultimately leaving, an abusive man in her 20s. She will include personal tips on how to prevent abusive relationships and help loved ones who are being physically or emotionally abused.

Steiner is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Crazy Love. Her TED Talk about surviving domestic violence, “From the Ivy League to a Gun at My Head,” has been viewed by over 3 million people. She is a regular national television and radio guest, appearing on National Public Radio, NBC’s Today Show, The Diane Rehm Show, MSNBC, Fox News and other programs.

A graduate of Harvard College, Steiner’s first job was as an editor at Seventeen Magazine. She financed her MBA in marketing from Wharton by writing for Seventeen, Mademoiselle, New England Monthly and Money Magazine.

Gala tickets are $75 for individuals; $1,000 for sponsored tables, and may be purchased online at For more information on sponsorship opportunities, call Kyla McMoran at 364.9424. Cleveland County Lifestyle is a proud sponsor of the event.

Sixth Annual Winter Gala to Benefit Parkinson’s Research Foundation

Make plans now to attend the Nicole Jarvis M.D. Parkinson’s Research Foundation’s Sixth Annual Winter Gala, set for Thursday, Dec. 14, at the Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center, 2501 Conference Drive, in Norman.

To purchase tickets or make a donation, visit JarvisMDParkinsons Individual tickets are $125, tables (seat eight) are $1,000.

Corporate sponsors are sought for the 2017 gala. Sponsorship opportunities range from a Bronze package with a $500 donation to a Double Platinum package, based on a $10,000 donation, with reserved gala table space, corporate recognition and other benefits.

Another way for corporations to donate is by providing an item, good or service for the auction. The organization will recognize the gift’s origins and the company’s generosity.

Sponsorship and auction forms, as well as more information on the gala, is available at  Prospective sponsors also may call 701.2424 and ask for Jarvis or Emily Holland, or email

Monies raised from the gala will benefit the Nicole Jarvis MD Parkinson’s Research Foundation Inc., which Dr. Jarvis (who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2011) formed in 2013. Its three-prong mission is to raise awareness of Parkinson’s Disease in the Oklahoma, help fund services offered throughout Oklahoma for patients with Parkinson’s Disease, and to donate funds to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research on projects leading to improved treatment options and ultimately a cure for this chronic, debilitating, degenerative neurologic disease.

This year’s gala will feature a social hour with silent and live auction, dinner with inspirational speakers, and a live auction. This year’s featured speaker is YOPD patient and Team Fox member Jimmy Choi, who is a competitor on this season’s “American Ninja Warrior” series.

Cleveland County Represented Among NextGen Honorees

Several people who live and/or work in Cleveland County were among more than 180 Oklahomans 30 years old or younger to be recognized recently for their professional leadership and extensive service to their communities. The 2017 NextGen Under 30 Oklahoma Awards selected these individuals through a highly competitive application process. Chosen recipients represent more than 150 companies across Oklahoma.

Honorees from Cleveland County (and the category for which they were honored) include:

• Matthew Cancio, OU Center for Student Life, Education/College and Adult

• Akash Patel, World Experiences Foundation, Nonprofit Organization

• Marina Rodriguez, Oklahoma City Community College, Education/College and Adult

• Emily Smart, Firehouse Art Center, Arts

Winners were honored at an awards ceremony Oct. 20 at The Embassy Suites in Norman.

The 2017 NextGen Under 30 Oklahoma Awards is a statewide program honoring talented, high-achieving Millennial leaders. To recognize the growing influence of young professionals in Oklahoma, program founder ionOklahoma Magazine updated the nomination categories this year to better recognize the impact these young leaders are making in many career sectors.

“Today, Millennial professionals are a huge part of Oklahoma’s businesses, arts, media, technology, policy and nonprofit communities,” said Don Swift, publisher of ionOklahoma Online and driving force behind the NextGen Under 30 Oklahoma Awards. “By the year 2020, they are projected to make up nearly half of the workplace, so we decided our awards should better reflect their prominence in these sectors.”

Women of the South Present 
Scholarship Check

Women of the South recently added $100,000 to their charitable organization endowment fund through the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. The check presentation was made by Erica Stone, 2017-18 president, during the organization’s annual membership kickoff Aug. 25 at the Wheeler Ferris Wheel / Wheeler District in South Oklahoma City.

The mission of Women of the South is to provide cultural, civic, educational and social activities for the South Oklahoma City metro area. Since its beginning April 1, 1995, the group of ladies has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships to high school seniors and to women who are sole or primary providers of their household.

Monthly business meetings are held the third Monday of each month at 6 p.m. in the South Oklahoma City area.

For more information about the 501(c)3 organization, visit or

Pioneer Library Branches Plan Events for All Ages

There’s a lot going on this month at the Pioneer Library System libraries located in Cleveland County. Just a sampling follow.

Norman Public Library Central

Fight the Internet Bad Guys and Win, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8–Computer safety expert Dave Moore brings his knowledge of computer safety in a presentation made possible by Republic Bank of Norman.

Norman Public Library West

Children’s Chamber Music Concert, 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4–Cellist Erin Yeaman presents an afternoon of kid-centered chamber music.

Moore Public Library

Stuffed Animal Story Time, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7–Hear stories about stuffed animals and get an inside video look at what the library’s stuffed animals do while the humans are away.

Noble Public Library

Friends of the Noble Library Bag Sale, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4–Support the Friends of the Library and find a holiday gift or two from the group’s sale of gently used materials.

Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library

Teens Reading Terrific Literature Book Club, 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 18–The library’s new book group for teens looks at the Douglas Adams classic “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.”

Hidden Trail Country Club Members

to Compete in Putting Championship

Hidden Trails Country Club members Ted Ertel and Larry Meek headed to Las Vegas this month to compete in the first-ever World Series of Putting Championship. The Regional Qualifier took place at Hidden Trails earlier this spring, when the two members successfully defended their own turf, winning an opportunity to represent Oklahoma against other state qualifiers.

Ertel and Meek said while it would be exciting to win the $15,000 prize, it is perhaps even maybe more thrilling is to be one of the first ever to see and play on the jaw-dropping Jack Nicklaus-designed putting course inside a stadium setting. “Think ‘Top Golf on steroids’,” they say.

The putting championship event takes place just before six fellow members and two club golf professionals, Wade Walker, PGA, and Mike Stewart, PGA, join them to compete in the annual South Central Section PGA Pro-Am tournament, slated for Nov. 5-8 at the Las Vegas Country Club, Boulder Creek Country Club and the ultra-lux Shadow Creek Country Club. Stewart, a former club professional in the Las Vegas area, and his wife are driving down a few days early to escort Ertel and Meek around to a few other choice golf courses he thinks they will love playing.