People & Places: McDazzle's 'Inspire' gala set for Aug. 25
BY DANNA SUE WALKER World Staff Writer
Monday, August 06, 2012
8/06/12 at 5:47 AM
Patrons got a preview of the upcoming 2012 McDazzle "Inspire" gala during a recent party in their honor celebrating the black-and-white evening to be held Aug. 25 at the Tulsa Convention Center.
The Ronald McDonald House of Tulsa's 23rd annual benefit will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner, a wine pull, silent and live auctions, dancing and entertainment.
Jay Litchfield will lead the live auction.
Live and silent auction items include a Toby Keith autographed cowboy hat from his personal collection; a fiddle autographed by Charlie Daniels; a trip for two to New Orleans and Las Vegas donated by Southwest Airlines and Doubletree Hotel at Warren Place; an outdoor living package by Metro Outdoor Living Center; a one-week stay in a private home in Belize; and a six-course dinner for eight prepared by Executive Chef Devin Levine of Savo.
Guests also may purchase $10 tickets for a chance to win a $2,500 Moody's Jewelry gift certificate and a new Jayco Sports Series Camper from Camperland.
"I am proud and excited to be a part of McDazzle," said Tifani Pinson, event chairwoman. "We have an energized planning committee and can't wait to unveil some new and refreshing components to an already well-anticipated event."
Patron co-chairs are Sandra and Gary Trennepohl, and Tammy and Kevin Hern hosted the patron party.
Among those at the patron party were Ronald McDonald House board chairwoman Christa Fulkerson and her husband, Aaron; executive director Glenda Love; Howard Barnett; Lucia O'Connor; Gayle and Bob Wagner; Tony Davis; Karen Rose; Gayle Abney; Todd Rolland; Mike Block; Cheri Decker; Barb and Stan Grogg; Lynn Jones; Kimberly Joyce; State Rep. Jabar and Jillian Shumate; Jerod Widemon, and Samantha Weyrauch.
Savor Catering provided the hors d'oeuvres, and Jeff Atkinson of Allegro Keyboard Center entertained.
The 2012 McDazzle committee members include Kim Fairchild, Janie Harris, Joyce Hobbs, Rita Jackson, Linda Johnson, Connie Lumeyer, Lucia O'Connor, Tifani Pinson, Diana Siex, Kim Siex, Elle Strube, Gary and Sandra Trennepohl and Sarah Willis
"The Ronald McDonald House provides a homelike atmosphere for families facing the stress of medical treatment for their child," said Glenda Love, RMH executive director. "We've serve more than 19,000 families since our doors opened in October of 1991, and our vitality is solely dependent upon donations - McDazzle raises much-needed funds to sustain our 17,869-square-foot house."
Located at 6102 S. Hudson Ave., the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tulsa, Inc. opened its doors in 1991 and is committed to providing a "home away from home" for families whose children are being treated in Tulsa hospitals for serious medical illness or injury.
Families utilizing the House must live 25 miles or more away and have a minor child receiving medical treatment at a Tulsa hospital. Most frequent admission diagnoses include neonatal unit patients, heart surgery patients, cancer patients, trauma patients, pulmonary patients and those with other chronic diseases.
The Tulsa Ronald McDonald House is affiliated with an international network of 215 Ronald McDonald Houses. The Tulsa House is an independent, nonprofit corporation locally owned and operated by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tulsa, Inc., and is entirely dependent upon donations.
For more information about the Ronald McDonald House of Tulsa or the 2012 McDazzle gala, contact Glenda Love, RMH executive director at 918-496-2727.
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Lynn Wheatley (left), Tifani Pinson and Rita Jackson get ready for the McDazzle gala to benefit the Ronald McDonald House. CORY YOUNG / Tulsa World