Lewis Jewelers Associates Named Forever Carat Club Winners

Maggie Rogers and Heather Gomez of Lewis Jewelers in Moore have been named winners of the prestigious Forevermark Carat Club. Reaching this goal means they finished in the Top 10 in selling these diamonds in the entire country.

They have earned spots on an upcoming trip to Botswana, to visit the headquarters of DeBeers, and tour a working diamond mine. In addition, they will be treated to a safari to see the 2,500- game reserve that DeBeers has established to preserve native wildlife, such as elephants and the black rhinoceros.



Sponsorships, Purse Donations Sought for Fundraiser

Sponsorships and donations of high-quality purses are being sought to support Full Circle Adult Day Center through its main annual fundraising event.

Full Circle’s 2019 Purse-onality Luncheon is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at The Railhouse, 102 W. Eufaula St., Norman. Guests will enjoy a catered meal, including dessert, prepared by Abbey Road Catering, complimentary signature cocktail, silent and live auction, individual gift bags and door prizes. Reservations are required for the luncheon. Tickets are $80 and are available by contacting Full Circle at 447.2955.

Sponsorships are available at four levels, beginning at $160 for “Coach,” up to $2,000 for “Presenting Chanel Sponsor.”

Donations of high-quality new, or nearly new, handbags (minimum value of $100) also are being sought for the silent auction portion of Full Circle Adult Day Center’s 2019 Purse-onality fundraiser. Also being sought are high-quality new handbags (minimum value of $250) to boost the luxury designer-label live auction at the fundraiser.

To inquire about becoming a sponsor or to donate a purse, please email Robbie Lamberson at robbie.lamberson@gmail.com or Donald Pyeatt at donald@fullcircle.com.

CCFI Sets Hands & Hearts Fundraising Luncheon

The Center for Children and Families Inc.’s 15th Annual Hands & Hearts Fundraising Luncheon is set for Thursday, May 2, at Embassy Suites in Norman.

Guests enjoy a complimentary lunch, receive agency updates and learn about the service and programs CCFI provides. Toward the end of the program, guests are asked to make a donation through multi-year pledges and one-time gifts. 

While there is no charge to attend, reservations are required to ensure a proper headcount; reservations may be made through a Table Captain or directly to CCFI (ccfinorman.org).

CCFI began in 1969 as a shelter for youth, from birth to 18 years old, who needed a safe, nurturing place to stay as a positive alternative to juvenile detention. Known then as Juvenile Services Inc., the agency met a vital need in the community while laying the foundation for its mission to improve the lives of children. Today, 50 years later, CCFI continues to create better and brighter futures for those they serve.

For questions regarding the luncheon or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jodana Borden at jborden@ccfinorman.org or 364.1420.

Norman Rotary Clubs Solicit Capital Grant Requests

Le Tour De Vin, a joint fundraising project of Norman’s Rotary Clubs, is in the process of identifying its next beneficiary for 2020-2021. The project’s goals are to address a community need that is reflective of the Rotary objectives of literacy, humanitarianism, education, youth and health.

Instructions and grant application forms are posted at the LTDV website: LeTourDeVin.com. Applications are due April 5. The LTDV 2020 grant recipient will be announced and notified in June.

Le Tour De Vin, a wine-tasting and fundraising event, is a joint fundraiser currently benefiting Full Circle Adult Day Center and other Rotary projects. The current beneficiary, Full Circle Adult Day Center, received funds from the 2018, and upcoming LTDV 2019 events to help fund the construction of a larger and more modern-day center facility, expanding their reach in the community with the elderly and adults with disabilities.


Libraries Schedule Spring Break Activities

Spring Break is almost here, and the local libraries of the Pioneer Library System are giving the community activities to stay busy during their respite from school.

Teens are invited to a special three-day series at Norman Public Library Central, 225 N. Webster Ave. At 3 p.m. March 19, 20 and 21, participants will  learn knot-tying skills, spend an afternoon playing tabletop games and experiment with various ingredients to create their own smoothies.

March 20 also would have marked the 91st birthday of children’s television legend Mr. Rogers, and the library will celebrate with a family celebration throughout the day before a movie night in honor of Mr. Rogers, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

There also will be activities for younger children and several multi-day sessions in basic computer programming for children and teens through the library’s Computer Training Center and its staff.

Visit any of Norman’s libraries, either the central branch, the new eastside location at 3051 E. Alameda St. or the west branch at 300 Norman Center Court, for activities and access to Pioneer’s assortment of materials.

Oliveto Italian Bistro Announces Spring Menu

Oliveto Italian Bistro recently rolled out its Spring Seasonal Menu, which includes three flavorful entrees. 

Oliveto’s nachos feature a crispy wonton chips base, topped with Alfredo sauce, pepperoni, Italian sausage, roasted red peppers, Kalamata olives and three cheeses. The Citrus Shrimp Avocado Salad is topped with butterfly shrimp, roasted red peppers, red onions and grape tomatoes, tossed in zesty orange vinaigrette garnished with avocados. The 10-oz. New York Strip Steak is cooked in a woodstone pizza oven and topped with a caramelized red onion jam and served with jalapeno risotto.



CCS Football Booster Club Sets Golf Tourney

The CCS Football Booster Club will host its second-annual fundraiser golf tournament April 22 at The Trails Golf Club in Norman. The tournament will feature four-golfer teams and a “best ball” scramble format. Breakfast and lunch will be served. There will be raffle prizes and awards for first-, second, and third-place teams.

Net proceeds from the event will provide funds for various safety, training, uniform and equipment needs. For inquiries related to participation and/or sponsorship and promotion, contact Club President Greg Laffin at footballboosterclub@ccsroyals.com or 202-8678.

Junior League of Norman Sets Charity Ball for March 9

The Junior League of Norman’s annual Charity Ball is set for Saturday, March 9, at the NCED Conference Center, Norman. During the event, which begins at 6:30 p.m., guests can walk the red carpet and enjoy “A Night in Hollywood.”

Charity Ball’s legendary “Taster’s Affair” returns, with multiple local restaurants providing samples from their menu. The night also will include a silent auction, raffle, Dj, dancing, and more. This year’s event will include the Cleveland County Lifestyle Magazine After Party in line with the famous awards show after parties. This event will be accessible from a separate entrance and will have a nightclub vibe to provide party-goers a place to continue dancing the night away. Tickets for the After Party are available separately, and you do not have to attend Charity Ball to attend; After Party tickets are $25, or access is included in the VIP ticket or table. Dress is semiformal.

Tickets range from $25-$100 and can be purchased at jlncharityball.com. Sponsorship opportunities are still available, and JLN also is accepting goods/services to be used as tax-deductible auction donations.