People & Places: 'Cooking for a Cause' benefit for Iron Gate is October 11
BY DANNA SUE WALKER World Staff Writer
Monday, October 01, 2012
10/01/12 at 5:42 AM
"If you want to see angels, go to Iron Gate and watch the people feeding the homeless and hungry," Keenan Barnard said as he led a toast to good friends Shelley and Steve Jackson during a party in their honor, calling them "two angels who make this work possible."
The Jacksons are honorary chairmen of Iron Gate's "Cooking for a Cause" gala, which will be held Oct. 11 at Metro Appliances & More.
Although the Jacksons were being saluted for their longtime financial and volunteer support of Iron Gate, a downtown soup kitchen and food pantry, the invitation also noted their philanthropy and volunteerism to the University of Tulsa, St. Simeon's Episcopal Home, Tulsa Library Trust, Holland Hall, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma, KIPP, Educare of Tulsa and Trinity Episcopal Church and Altar Guild.
Phyllis and Steven Anderson hosted the party in their home.
Patsy Lyon, cocktail party chairwoman, Susan Fuller Palmer and her husband, George, attended. Susan is an Iron Gate board member and two-time "Cooking for a Cause" gala chairman.
Iron Gate board member Mark Barcus, was there with his wife, Mary.
Mary Ann Lewis, a Tulsa Town Hall board member, was out the door early to help set up the Tulsa Girls' Arts School fundraiser, "Through a Child's Eyes," at the Mayo Hotel Crystal Ballroom the following night. Her husband, C.S. (Budge) Lewis III, talked about plans for an upcoming Tulsa Historical Society event.
Juley Roffers, Jim Langdon and TulsaPeople created Iron Gate's "Cooking for a Cause" fundraiser in 2006. Since then, the annual dinner has raised $380,000.
Others there were Pat and Clayton Woodrum, David L. York, Peter Walter, John Charles Powers, Board Chairman Tony Jezek and "Cooking for a Cause" gala chairman Kelly Jezek.
TU's Teresa Valero, an Iron Gate advisory council member, was accompanied by her husband, Ghayth Coussia. Teresa's Third Floor Design in TU's School of Arts does the graphic design for much of Iron Gate's marketing and informational materials.
Flowers for the cocktail party were provided by Mary Murray's.
"Cooking for a Cause" will be held Oct. 11 at Metro Appliances & More with food by eight top Tulsa chefs and restaurants: McGill's, Oui3, Sushi Alley, Doc's Wine and Food, Juniper, French Hen, Bodean's and Angela Johnson of Eats2U. A special jewelry raffle will feature an original necklace donated by jewelry designer Meredith A. Jackson, the daughter of Shelley and Steve.
Individual tickets for "Cooking for a Cause" are $75, and sponsorships range from $500 to $25,000. All proceeds from the event benefit Iron Gate, a downtown soup kitchen and food pantry that feeds 250,000 hungry and homeless Tulsans annually. The soup kitchen, open 8:30-10:30 a.m. every day of the year, has been located in the basement of Trinity Episcopal Church, Sixth Street and Cincinnati Avenue, since its beginning in 1984.
For more information contact Iron Gate at 918-359-9001 or tulsaworld.com/irongate
Original Print Headline: 'Cooking for a Cause' gala set
Shelley Jackson (left), Steve Jackson and Iron Gate executive director Connie Cronley gather to plan the "Cooking for a Cause" benefit for Iron Gate soup kitchen and food pantry in Tulsa. The Jacksons are longtime donors and volunteers. MATT BARNARD / Tulsa World