Calling all Okies

My friend Amy, my High School friend that I reconnected with this past summer is a real go-getter when it comes to causes and she has recruited me to help, help in a small way...Please read on...

Tulsa’s Twenty New Leaders
benefiting The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
April 1, 2010
Renaissance Hotel

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease affecting approximately 30,000 children and young adults in the United States.  More than 10 million Americans (one in 31) are symptomless carriers of the defective gene.  When the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation was founded in 1955, few children with CF lived to attend elementary school. Today, the median age of survival for people with CF is more than 37 years.

The Foundation is one of the most effective and efficient organizations of its kind. It has received a four star rating for sound fiscal management from Charity Navigator, the largest independent charity evaluator in the United States, and is an accredited charity of the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance.

The Sooner Chapter of The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will host the 8th annual “Tulsa’s Twenty New Leaders” fundraising event on April 1st at the Renaissance Hotel. Over 400 guests will attend

This event features a distinguished group of Tulsa’s young professionals who exemplify leadership qualities, are active in volunteer roles and contribute to the Tulsa business community. Each honoree is required to raise $3500 in donations to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Jo Ann Winn, Executive Director, expects the event to net over $100,000. The Sooner Chapter annually raises over $1,000,000 net to help fund CF research.

Each honoree will be featured the night of event with an award presented by the Sooner Chapter Junior Board president, Brad White, a commendation from Governor Henry and a proclamation from Mayor Bartlett.

This black-tie event will feature an exclusive live auction with several exciting packages including: A foursome Golf Outing at Southern Hills Country Club, Dinner for Six at a Tulsa Fire Station, VIP tour tasting for 4 to Far Niente and Nickel & Nickel Wineries with a collection of private estate wines from both wineries, 2009 CFF Event Package, foursome golf package at area golf clubs, Progressive Dinner Packages. The silent auction will have over 75 items including: golf outings, dinner gift certificates, spa packages, concert tickets, tires, yoga, and much more.

The evening includes a seated dinner and music by the Steve Liddell Band. Our bid for a cure speaker will be Miss Lo Detrich. Lo was diagnosed in 1984 with CF. She has had 2 double lung transplants and has been an ambassador for the CF Foundation her entire life. Lo’s speeches are uplifting and inspirational to all those around her.

***There will also be a raffle drawing of a wonderful dining package that includes 4 gift certificates valued at $250( That's $1000 total in fine dining) each to Elements Steakhouse and Grille, The Ivey Rooftop Wine Bar and Lounge on Brookside, Mahogany’s Prime Steakhouse and P.F. Chang’s China Bistro. This is where I am asking for your help, I am helping sell raffle tickets for $10. I know we all can't attend BUT we can have a chance at some wonderful fine dining while helping out a Great Cause. If you live close to the Tulsa area and are interested in a raffle ticket please email (email on my sidebar) me and I can meet you to get you your ticket. If you are a little to far to meet me you can still help by contacting...Jo Ann Winn or Amy Blackwell at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, (918)744-6354 or purchase tickets online at Tulsa CF

The winning raffle ticket will be drawn by the 2010 CF Ambassador Miss Hannah Nicole Hoffman. Hannah is a beautiful 7 1/2 year old. She was diagnosed at the age of 15 months with Cystic Fibrosis. Her family has been blessed with her being a healthy CF child. She takes medication (enzymes and breathing treatments). She enjoys Gymnastics and Broken Arrow Cheerleading. Hannah also takes guitar lessons with her father and wants to be the next Taylor Swift. She loves playing with her friends, her cousin Mckenzie, and her sister Harlee. Hannah is involved at church and has many friends who pray to find a cure for CF.
In the below photo are Heather, Hannah, Angie and Amy

Abigail Thomas is the chair of the event and Justin Lund is the Auction Chair. The committee is compromised of the Sooner Chapter’s Junior Board:

Brad White, President

Abigail Thomas, Vice President

Kathleen Barrett

Jessica & Erik Block

Amy Bradshaw

Carly Bush

Lauren Carter

Marla Carter

Amanda Clinton

Jenny Collver

Krista Derby

Kristi & Josh DeBoer

Lo Detrich

Matt Foste

Whitney Hoskins

Laurel Johnson

Janna Lemons

Justin Lund

Adrienne & Dave Nathman

Roy Nelson

Emily & Ryan Neurohr

John Richer

Andrew Shank

Sara C. Smith

Honorees include:

Charles Bendana, Ben-Trei Ltd.
Kaitlin Bullock, Medical School Student
James Cooper, Center 1 Market
Deborah Croisant, Muse Intimates
Brandon Diles, University of Tulsa
Tiffany Ellis, River Spirit Casino Amy Ellman, Community Action Project
Patrick Graham, Clear Ridge Capital
Shondel Heald, Senior Star
Dr. Robert Herman, Dr. Robert J Herman, DDS
Paul Iskat, Northwestern Mutual Life- Oklahoma
Joe Millspaugh, Samson Resources
Kym Morellla, Blue Cross Blue Shied
Andrea Myers, Williams Companies
Margaret Rosene, Bank of Oklahoma
Seneca Scott, US Representative, District 72
Terrell Siegfried, Hall Estill
Matt Stiner, Tulsa Veterans Treatment Court

Premier sponsors of the event include Anonymous in Honor of Lo Detrich; Debbie & Mike Allred, CMark Resources, LLC, James A. and Mary P. Bush; Mesa Products, Ralph and Frances McGill Foundation/Trust Company of Oklahoma, Senior Star Living, Williams Companies, WR Thomas and The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation.

Event contributors are: auctioneer Jay Litchfield, emcee Justin Wilfon from KJRH channel 2; Ralph Cole Photography, Williams. And Petroleum Club

Table sponsors include:

Honoree Sponsors: Ben-Trei, Ltd and Dr Robert Herman, DDS

Chairman Sponsor: Williams Companies

President Sponsors: Don Thornton Cadillac HUMMER Saab, Rosebury Charitable Trust

Director Sponsors: Abigail Thomas, Anonymous in Honor of Amy Ellman, Hesselbein Tire Inc, Eller & Detrich, OND Financial Solutions, University of Tulsa, and Winston Company.

Sponsorships are still available to support an honoree. Table sponsorships are available for a donation of $3500 which will include two VIP reserved tables for ten guests, a donation of $2500 will include two VIP reserved tables for eight guests, a $1500 sponsorship will include a table for ten guests, a donation of $1000 will include a table for eight guests. Individual tickets are $100.

My confession today: I really hope my email box starts overflowing with your generous offers to help...Thank You!


  1. It sounds awesome! I would definitely be there, but I think 2000 miles is too far to drive. Still, I hope it's a very successful evening!

  2. I'm a bit of a distance but I hope that it's a huge success!!

  3. I hope it is a success. From now on I'm sending advertising for my volunteering your way. ;0)

  4. Wow, Georgie, I think you missed your calling! You are great at promoting events!

    I can't come, but I can put a bug in my Tulsa cousin's ear for you!

    Good to see you back in full force.