People & Places: Divas 3 concert Aug. 24 to benefit HOPE foundation
BY DANNA SUE WALKER World Staff Writer
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
8/15/12 at 3:02 AM
Divas 3 - which could stand for Divalicious, Divafabulous and Divafantastic - will be even more so than ever before.
Health Outreach Prevention Education's (HOPE) 11th annual benefit concert will take place beginning 6:45 p.m. Aug. 24 in the Crystal Ballroom at the Mayo Hotel. Local artists will help raise money toward putting an end to HIV and hepatitis C. In addition to the entertainment, the evening will also have desserts and an after-party.
Divas performing this year include Christy Hanewinkel, Cindy Cain, Heather Richetto-Rumley, John Sawyer, Kristin Nicole, Olivia Duhon, Pam Van Dyke, Rebecca Ungerman, Sarah Maud and Tavis Minner.
Mia Fleming will host the evening's show by Spinning Plates Production.
Up for bid will be a one-week stay in St. Kitts for six; one week in Belize for two; five nights at Big Sky Mountain Village, Mont., for four; five nights at Rehoboth Beach, Del., for six; a plan-your-own dinner for 20; and a lot more.
Tom Williams and Jean Quinn are event co-chairs. Other Divas 3 committee members include Brad Williams, Caitlin Huggins, Cathlene Wiedenhoeft, Cathy Kranz, Christy Ferguson, Debi Sanditen, Emily Shunatona, Emily and Justin Stoworthy, Heather Bell, Jack Wallace, Kristin Bender and Melissa Baker.
Cindy Patten, a student from the Tulsa Girls Art Studio, designed this year's Divas logo.
Among the sponsors are George Kaiser Family Foundation, Oklahoma State Department of Health, Elton John AIDS Foundation, Oklahoma AIDS Care Fund, Tulsa Community AIDS Partnership, The Mental Health Association in Tulsa, Grace & Franklin Bernsen Foundation, Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Sharna and Irvin Frank Foundation, Osteopathic Founders Foundation, Gelvin Foundation, Samson, Cathy Wiedenhoeft and Sarah Kobos, Tom and Kathy Williams, WPX Energy, John and Allison Greene, Williams, OMNI Lighting Inc., AVCOM Productions Inc., APEX Media Sales LLC, Dan Burnstein and Martin Martinez, Irene and Stan Burnstein, Kim and Rob Coretz, Drs. Heather and Frank Bell, Jean and Mike Quinn, David and Kay Wulf, Ruthanne B. Snow Foundation, Oklahomans For Equality, Tulsa CARES, Gay and Lesbian Fund of Tulsa, Mark Argo and David Rosebeary, Jon Worthington and Bryan Houlette, Rob and Mary Martinovich, Martin L. J. Newman, Tom Taylor II, Janice and Jack Alexander, Francine Ringold, Jeffrey L. Newhouse, Scott Trizza, Murrel B. Wilmoth, Dr. David and Carolyn Nierenberg, and Boomerang Printing.
HOPE is an independent nonprofit organization that has served the Tulsa metro area and surrounding communities since 1998. It is a provider of public health services, specializing in HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases and infections, and hepatitis C prevention.
The agency provides prevention education, testing, counseling and referral/linkage services, and conducts outreach efforts focused on men and women from ages 13 to 65-plus. HOPE also operates the only statewide HIV/STD resource hotline.
More than 80 percent of HOPE's clients are uninsured and/or under-served. In 2011, the agency provided services to more than 6,500 people.
Sponsorships for Divas 3 start at $1,500, individual tickets are $150, and tickets for the after-party only are $50.
For more information, go to tulsaworld.com/hopetesting, or call 918-749-8378.
Original Print Headline: Divas set to perform for HOPE benefit
Rebecca Ungerman and Tavis Minner prepare for Divas 3, a benefit concert for Health Outreach Prevention Education (HOPE) on Aug. 24 at the Mayo Hotel. Courtesy