The Tulsa Aid Association keeps things simple in its efforts to support Operation School Bell, its signature program that benefits Tulsa students.
Rather than spending the time and expense of hosting some sort of fundraising event, the Help League instead organizes a letter writing campaign throughout October, where participants can send personal messages to family, friends, and other members of the community and encourage them to donate to support the school bell’s operation.
Each year, Operation Schoolbell provides clothing for the more than 20,000 children who attend school in the Tulsa metro area. Kids can “shop” for their clothes at The Help League’s headquarters at Legacy Plaza, 5350 E. 31st St. ; Those who live outside the TPS area can shop in area Walmart stores with the Helping Association volunteer. Each child also receives two books.
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The right new clothes can go a long way in helping a child have self-esteem and success in school. Each child costs about $140 to provide shoes, socks, underwear, pants, T-shirts, belts, jackets, and sportswear for one school year.
To register to participate and for more information: altulsa.org.
Health Champions raise $125,000
The 19th Annual Health Champions Gala, held September 27 at the Cox Business Convention Center, raised $125,000 for the Oklahoma Kering Foundation. The event is sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma.
The Oklahoma Caring Foundation provides vaccinations to children throughout the state.
In addition, five Health Champions, organizations that do innovative work to advance the health and well-being of all Oklahoma residents, were honored. This year’s winners are CARE Center in Oklahoma City. Tristesse Grief Center in Tulsa; Healthy Living and Fitness Inc, Oklahoma City; Rieger Wood, founder of the Oklahoma Mission of Mercy; and City Care in Oklahoma City.
TV personality Erin Andrews served as the main speaker at the event.
Child Abuse Network Funds New Center
The Child Abuse Network, which works alongside the Write on Fundraising program, has raised nearly $11 million for its campaign capital to transform the former University of Oklahoma Doctors Building, 2829 Sheridan Street, into a new children’s advocacy center.
The money will transform the 35,000-square-foot building currently on CAN’s campus and more than double its capacity to serve abused and neglected children.
“We have been overwhelmed by the generous response from donors and community members who share our commitment to helping children and families recover from abuse and neglect,” said Cala Sharp, campaign leader. “The legacy of those who gave to this campaign is a profound legacy of compassion, empathy and advocacy.”
The committee raised the majority of its target in the first nine months of the “quiet phase” during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, but then slowed to call for more community investment through its “Superhero Summer” fundraising initiative.
A $2 million gift from AR and the Marylouise Tandy Foundation pushed CAN to the finish line and ensured the organization would not need to fund construction or bear any interest, a rare feat for many capital projects.
The Child Abuse Network Center regularly serves more than 200 children per month, the lack of space in the current facility has resulted in insufficient waiting room space for families in need, the lack of forensic interview rooms for members of the multidisciplinary team to do their work, staff doubling or even tripling in offices and having to To move away to another space to talk discreetly with the client or family.
CEO Maura Jotun said the new space would allow the organization to double the number of children it can serve each year.
To report child abuse, call the Oklahoma Hotline at 800-522-3511 or the National Hotline at 800-422-4453. For more information about the Child Abuse Network: childabusenetwork.org.
NewView Oklahoma hosts artist John Bramblett
John Bramblett, Texas-based artist, muralist and educator for the visually impaired, will attend a fundraising event for New View Oklahoma, noon Tuesday, October 11, at Cox Business Convention Center, 100 Civic Center.
Bramblitt, who has exhibited at Mayfest and conducted workshops at Tulsa Community College and the Philbrook Museum of Art, will talk about his career while performing onstage.
The event is free, but reservations are required. For more information: 918-813-3684, nvoklahoma.org.