Republic Bank & Trust Hosts Business After Hours

Republic Bank & Trust hosted Business After Hours for the Moore and South Oklahoma City chambers at its 119th and S. Western location on March 15. Republic bankers and the chamber community enjoyed the opportunity to share ideas and build relationships as nearly 100 local professionals were in attendance. Photography Ryan Lassiter of defining Image   … Continued

Orange Theory Fitness Dri Tri

Congratulations to Ramon, Kristen, Philip and all the Dri Tri finishers! Call 703.5259 or visit OrangeTheoryFitness.com to schedule your free workout.

Leadership Moore’s Governing Bodies Session

The Leadership Moore Class recently held its Governing Bodies session.The day began with their pinning ceremony at the Moore Chamber Board of Directors meeting, after which they visited the State Capitol and had an opportunity to meet with area legislators and watch the Senate and House sessions in action. 

Actress Headlines OU Fine Arts Event

Two-time Golden Globe-winning actress and accomplished director Kathleen Turner headlined the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts’ 27th annual fundraising gala, Arts! Arts! Arts! March 4 in Oklahoma Memorial Union. This year’s event, led by co-chairs Mark and Beverly Funke of Edmond and a team of 20 community volunteers, raised over $65,000 in student support.

Bubbles & Brews Gala

Full Circle Adult Day Center hosted its Bubbles & Brews Gala fundraiser March 30 at the Embassy Suites Hotel & Convention Center, Norman. Some $33,000 was raised to help fund construction of a 6,000-square-foot building that will provide space for the growing organization and scholarships. Photography Amber Videa of Videa Studios.

Moore Ribbon-cuttings

Members of the Moore Chamber of Commerce welcomed several new businesses to the community with ribbon-cuttings in February. The Chamber hosts ribbon-cutting ceremonies throughout the month as a way of celebrating milestones for its members.

Moore Chamber Bowling Tournament

The Moore Chamber held their Annual Bowling Tournament Feb. 6 at HeyDay Entertainment. Events such as the bowling tournament allow the chamber to continue to expand on existing programs and have an impact on the region.

General Membership Luncheon

Members of the Moore Chamber of Commerce braved the weather to come to the first General Membership Luncheon of 2018. Held at the Station at Central Park and sponsored by First United Bank, members enjoyed lunch catered by NOSH by Catering Creations and heard from the keynote speaker, Kari Watkins.

Best of Cleveland County Celebration

In February, we ran your selections for our first-ever "Best of Cleveland County" competition, then later in the month honored those outstanding businesses, medical practices 
and the amazing individuals behind them at an elegant celebration at Fowler Toyota. Sponsors included Benvenuti's Ristorante, La Baguette Bakery & Cafe, and Royal Bavaria.

Moore Special Olympics Livestock Show

Approximately 30 special needs children, along with their FFA buddies (animal owners), took part in the Moore Special Olympics livestock show, held Feb. 16 at the Moore Public Schools Ag Farm. The purpose of the show is to encourage special needs children to get involved with animals and agriculture.

Murder Mystery Theatre

Cast and audience members alike enjoyed a musically spooky good time during A Spirited Game of Murder, a murder mystery held Feb. 15-17 at the Studio of The Sooner Theatre Event Center. Approximately $30,000 was raised from the fundraiser, during which the audience was invited to determine “whodunit.” Photography by TinyMite's Photography

Public Schools Foundation Soireé

The third annual Soireé benefiting the Moore Public Schools Foundation was held Feb. 24 at the beautiful Southwind Hills. This event raised over $27,200 that will directly benefit the Moore Public Schools district. This funding goes toward initiatives such as teacher resource grants and safety projects. Photography by TinyMite's Photography

“Fluent Generation” Exhibition Reception

"Fluent Generations: The Art of Anita, Tom and Yatika Fields,” which runs through May 6, debuted on Jan. 19 with a reception for the artists, the artists' family and friends, and members of the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History.

SOKC Chamber’s Annual Banquet

The South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce held its 2018 Annual Banquet Jan. 18 at the Cox Convention Center. The event, presented by AT&T, served as the installation for the chamber’s 2018 Board of Directors. Outstanding individuals in the community also were honored. Photography by Ahh Shoot! Photography

Orangetheory Fitness’s 100 Class Club

Orangetheory Fitness Moore's newest 100 Class Club inductees. To learn more about OTF and how you can "work 1 hour, burn for 36," call 703.5259 or visit orangetheoryfitness.com.

VanGuard Property Inspectors’ Soiree

Brenda and Phillip Graham, the proprietors of VanGuard Property Inspectors, LLC, based in southwest Oklahoma City, recently served as hosts for a customer appreciation party/soiree.

Holiday Happening

On Dec. 7, the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History in Norman hosted its popular yuletide event, Holiday Happening, featuring live music, photos with Santa Claus, special holiday activities with the museum’s education department, and a scavenger hunt for elves hidden throughout the museum galleries.

Nicole Jarvis MD Winter Gala

Young Onset Parkinson’s patient and competitor on American Ninja Warrior Jimmy Choi was guest speaker at the Sixth Annual Nicole Jarvis MD Parkinson’s Research Foundation's Winter Gala at the Embassy Suites. Some 600 guests attended, resulting in over $300,000 being raised in 2017 to benefit Parkinson’s research and local services.

WRC Gala

Nearly $15,000 was raised at the WRC Gala in early December. The gala is an annual fundraising and awareness event hosted by the Women’s Resource Center, which provides emergency shelter, advocacy, court advocacy, safety planning, forensic exams, a Domestic Violence Education Group, counseling, prevention education and community education. Visit wrcnormanok.org.

Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art’s Silver Soiree

Silver Soirée, the annual fundraiser for the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, was held Oct. 20 at the Rail House in Norman. This year’s event raised funds for the museum’s School Bus Fund, which helps cover transportation costs associated with Oklahoma school field trips to the museum.

Eighth Annual Day of Kindness

Noble McIntyre of McIntyre Law, with assistance from member lawyers of the Oklahoma Association for Justice, Lawyers Fighting Hunger and the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, hosted the Eighth Annual Day of Kindness at his office on Nov. 16, distributing 2,500 turkeys and providing hamburgers and drinks to thousands more. 

Women of Influence Banquet

Benvenuti's Ristorante was the elegant setting for Cleveland County Lifestyle's Women of Influence dinner and reception Oct. 17. Nine of the 12 recipients, along with spouses and their nominators, attended the elegant dinner, which featured a keynote address by University of Oklahoma head softball coach Patty Gasso. 

Brunch With Chef Bayless

Chef Rick Bayless, star of the PBS show “Mexico: One Plate at a Time,” was the guest of the Pioneer Library System Foundation for a fundraising event Nov. 5 at the Norman home of Dr. and Mrs. R.J. Langerman. He was joined by Chef Patrick Williams of Flint Restaurant.

CROP Walk Raises Funds to Fight Hunger

More than 400 people from area churches and civic groups took steps to fight hunger Oct. 22 during the Cleveland County CROP Walk to Stop Hunger. The 34th annual charity walk raised approximately $18,500 to support Food & Shelter Inc. and the international relief efforts of Church World Service.

Mix on Main

Turnout was robust for the third annual Mix On Main, held Oct. 21 in Norman. Hosted by The Main District, the event features local 
businesses promoting the continued renaissance of one of Norman’s premier corridors. The event includes live music, food trucks, 
beer/wine gardens and outdoor family fun.

Republic Bank & Trust After Hours

On Nov. 17, Republic Bank & Trust hosted Business After Hours at its Downtown Norman Banking Center for 
Norman Chamber of Commerce members. Approximately 200 guests attended the event.

Spike’s Spooktacular Fall Fest

Hundreds of costumed families from across the region attended Spike’s Spooktacular Fall Fest, sponsored by Yelp OKC, Oct. 26 at the 
Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. They enjoyed an evening of spooky tunes, face-painting, costume contests, crafts with the museum’s education department and a museum-wide scavenger hunt.

Global Citizen Awards Gala

Two individuals with ties to Cleveland County were among those honored during the recent Global Citizen 2017 Awards Gala, hosted by the World Experiences Foundation, headquartered in Norman. The event, featuring multicultural entertainment, was held Nov. 9 at the Embassy Suites Downtown in Oklahoma City.

Workin’ Out to Boogie Beats

During Orangetheory Fitness Moore’s recent ’70s Day, members worked out to some boogie beats. Members also recently participated in the Moore War Run benefiting Moore High and Westmoore High students!

Voice of the Heartland Competition

Promising young vocalists recently took part in the vocal competition "Voice of the Heartland" at the Southwind Hills Event Barn in Goldsby. The competition, created in 2015, doubles as a fundraiser to benefit the educational programs of the Sooner Theatre and 
The Studio of The Sooner Theatre of Norman.

Church Hill Estate Celebrate National Night Out

Residents of Moore's Church Hill Estates turned out for National Night Out, a community-police awareness-raising event held in neighborhoods across the country that's held the first Tuesday of August. The annual community-building event promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.

Golf Champs!

Congratulations to the winners of the Club Championship, which took place Aug. 19 and 20 at Hidden Trails Golf & Country Club in Oklahoma City. To learn more about the club, visit hiddentrailsokc.com, email info@hiddentrailsokc.com or call 685.7751.

Purse-onality Fundraiser

$38,000 was raised during Full Circle Adult Day Center’s Purse-onality fundraiser Aug. 26 at Sooner Legends in Norman. By exceeding a $30,000 matching grant, the organization raised a grand total of $68,000, which will help fund scholarships and go toward the financing of its new home near I35 and Flood.

ABLE Comedy Night

$12,500 was raised during ABLE’s first-ever Comedy Night fundraiser, held Aug. 25 at the Hall at the Railhouse in Norman. The mission of ABLE Community-Based Services is to “assist adults with developmental disabilities live quality lives.” Funds raised from the event will go toward building an adult activity center.

Team Catalyst Racket Club Updates

The Team Catalyst Racket Club had a busy spring season. Here are some updates on their activities with the U.S. Tennis Association. To learn more about this private club based at Hidden Hills Country Club, contact Tony Daniels, Catalyst Racket Club CEO, at 429.0325.

Congrats to Orangetheory Fitness Inductees

The "100 classes taken club" continues to grow at Orangetheory Fitness Moore! Congratulations to the newest inductees! 
For more information on the club and the fitness center, call 703.5259.

Hidden Trails Member-Guest Golf Tourney

Hidden Trails Golf & Country Club, a private club in south Oklahoma City, hosted its third annual Member-Guest Golf Tournament 
July 27 through 30. For more information, visit hiddentrailsokc.com/golf/

Moore ‘State of the City’

The Moore State of the City provided a unique opportunity to hear from Moore Mayor Glenn Lewis and new city manager Brooks Mitchell. During the general membership luncheon, they shared their thoughts on the local social and economic climate along with their vision for growth and the future of Moore.

Be a Trailblazer

The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence recently held its 31st Academic Awards Banquet in Tulsa to honor outstanding students and educators in Oklahoma’s public schools. The event carried the theme “Be a Trailblazer.” Many Cleveland County residents were among the honorees.

South OKC Chamber Business After Hours

The South OKC Chamber's Business After Hours in June was hosted by First United Bank & Trust, and featured a cookout, 
giveaways and backyard fun and games.

Workin’ Out to the King of Pop

Orangetheory Fitness Moore recently featured a Michael Jackson-themed playlist day as well as celebrating the first day of summer and 
Independence Day! Thank you to everyone who participated!

Public Art Piece, Business Incubator Dedicated

On June 29, the staff of the Norman Economic Development Coalition held dedication ceremonies for a public art piece located at the University North Park Corporate Centre and a ribbon-cutting and tours of the Start-up 405 Business Incubator on the University of Oklahoma Research Campus.

OKC Orchestra League Symphony Show House

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! The 9,943-square-foot Symphony Show House, located in the OKC Adventure District, has seven bedrooms and full baths and a cabana with indoor pool. The show house helps fund the OKC Orchestra' League's music education program and music competitions, and supports the OKC Philharmonic.

Moore Business After Hours

Fort Thunder Harley Davidson hosted its first Business After Hours May 25 for the members of the Moore Chamber of Commerce. The event coincided with Fort Thunder Bike Night, themed Blues & BBQ. Bike Nights are hosted every Thursday (weather permitting). For more details about these events, visit FortThunderHarleyDavidson.com.

Excellence in Education Banquet Honorees

The South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce held its 2017 Excellence in Education Banquet April 18 at Moore Norman Technology Center-South Penn Campus. It was presented by Cox Communications, Frontier State Bank and SONIC, America’s Drive-In. Outstanding educators and students were honored for their work in the 2016-2017 school year.

Town & Gown Arts Connection

The Firehouse Art Center and the University of Oklahoma School of Visual Arts celebrated the end of the academic year and the recent 
installation of student sculptures in Lions Park with a reception at the Firehouse on May 9. See related story in Around Town.

Kick the Dust Up

Orangetheory Fitness recently held "Kick the Dust Up" Country Western Day and their Moore and South OKC Chamber ribbon-cuttings. The studio recognized Denise Singley for being the first studio member to complete 100 workouts! Join in on all the fun and schedule your free workout by calling 703.5259.

Le Tour de Vin

The 15th annual Le Tour de Vin, Norman Rotary Clubs' signature fundraiser, was held June 1-3, and included a painting-and-wine event, a "Wine and Dine" and the main event featuring food samples from local restaurants, wine booths, and music. This year's event benefits The Studio of The Sooner Theatre.

Secret Garden Gala

Some of the best of the best of the Norman business community were feted at the April 20 Norman Chamber of 
Commerce's Annual Awards Banquet held at Lloyd Noble Center. The event's theme was "Secret Garden Gala."

Moore Chamber Welcomes Eight Businesses

Moore Chamber of Commerce welcomed to the community eight new businesses during April. Moore continues to be the home for expanding, relocating and new business.Businesses are in Moore unless indicated otherwise.