People & Places: Lovapalooza to benefit All Souls Church's outreach efforts
BY DANNA SUE WALKER World Staff Writer
Thursday, November 01, 2012
11/01/12 at 11:25 AM
This story originally contained an incorrect date. The story has been corrected.
This is going to be a Lovapalooza.
An evening of live and silent auctions, great music, outstanding cuisine, and dancing the night away will be held from 5:30 p.m. until "the cows come home" Saturday, Nov. 3, at All Souls Church, 2952 S. Peoria Ave.
Music for the evening will include soft rock, American folk/Woody Guthrie, vintage jazz, show tunes, roots music, Motown and Delta blues performed by Scott Aycock and Friends, the Gumbo Poets, Tavis Minner, Shades of Gray, and a group of All Souls vocal talent accompanied by Rick Fortner on piano.
Following the live auction there will be dancing to the music of Steve Sesso and the Usual Suspects.
Nancy McDonald is chairwoman, and George Davenport is co-chairman of the event that will support two outreach programs benefiting young people - Partners in Education (PIE) and New Life School in Uganda.
All Souls sponsors three partner schools in Tulsa - Jackson and Gilcrease elementary schools and McLain Junior High. All three at one time were designated "at risk" schools, but they have improved through a coordinated effort of TPS administrators, teachers and partners. PIE coordinates more than 150 volunteers to help teach reading and social skills through programs like Reading Buddies and Lunch Buddies. In addition, PIE provides funding and transportation for students attending summer camps, field trips and cultural events.
This summer, in response to Mayor Dewey Bartlett's "Bridges of Faith to One Tulsa" initiative, All Souls helped fund and staff a five-week summer camp at Jackson with daily attendance between 55 and 60 students. The camp offered classes in math, science, reading and writing plus activities such as theater, basketball, swimming, soccer and football.
Through the Partner Church committee, All Souls supports New Life School in Uganda providing textbooks, teacher-aid materials and church volunteers, who travel to Uganda to educate students. The committee has adopted the kindergarten class and will follow them through elementary school.
Food vendors taking part in the benefit include Back Alley Blues & BBQ, Cafe Samana, Elmer's BBQ, Elote Cafe and Catering, Evelyn's Restaurant, Joe Momma's, Leon's, Panera Bread and Bakery, Queenie's Cafe, QuikTrip, TW Catering, White River Fish Market and Wanda J's.
Committee members include Holly Romine, Charlie Cantrell, Ellen Hartman, Donna Parsons, Kim Thiessen, Martha Cullinan Cantrell, Ruben Garcia, Herb Beatie, Dorothy Checotah, Joe Nurre and Samantha Wignarajah.
Tickets are $25. For more information go to tulsaworld.com/lovapalooza
Original Print Headline: Lovapalooza to benefit All Souls' outreach efforts
Barbara Prose (left), Nancy McDonald, the Rev. Marlin Lananhar and Kathy Horne gather at All Souls Unitarian Church to prepare for Thursday's fundraiser. MATT BARNARD / Tulsa World