Outstanding educators and students in the community were honored for their work in the 2017-2018 school year at the South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Excellence in Education Banquet, held April 3 at Moore Norman Technology Center- South Penn Campus.
Women of the South recently transformed Devon Boathouse into a cruise ship for their Annual Gala Fundraiser. At the close of the evening, a $33,000 grant was revealed from the Kirkpatrick Family Fund and nearly $20,000 was raised for high school scholarships, primary provider scholarships and other philanthropic efforts.
The Julia Chew Insurance Agency celebrated its new location at 701 Wall St. (at the corner of Boardwalk and Wall Street) in Norman with an all-day open house April 10. For more information about the agency, visit JuliaChew.com.
Cleveland County Habitat for Humanity celebrated its 25-year anniversary with a “Circus of Dreams: A Big Top Gala!” April 21 at the Mercury Event Center in Norman. VIPs arrived early to enjoy wine and beer tastings and hors d’oeuvres. The big show included live music, carnival games and a photo booth. Almost $20,000 was raised.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 685.7751.
$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.
$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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.