People & Places: Tulsa Ballet's annual benefit gala, special performance set for Feb. 16
BY DANNA SUE WALKER World Staff Writer
Sunday, November 25, 2012
11/25/12 at 4:39 AM
Artists of Tulsa Ballet will present a one-night-only special performance during the company's annual gala Icons and Idols on Feb. 16 at the Tulsa Convention Center.
The evening of black-tie glamour will also entertain with cocktails, dinner, a live auction and a celebration of Tulsa Ballet's artistry from the studio to the stage, with modern video installations and displays of sets and costumes.
The gala committee heard plans for the benefit during a meeting and on-stage celebration at Tulsa Ballet's Studio K. Event chairs Betty and Steve Pirnat said plans are to emulate the success of last spring's inaugural event, which raised nearly $900,000.
The annual gala supports world-class dance and outreach programs for the community. Mollie Williford is the presenting sponsor. Other major sponsors include Lou and Connie Miller Foundation, Hannah and Joe Robson, the Barnett Family Foundation, Mary Wheeler and Spencer Brown, the Kivisto Family Fund, Suzanne and Jim Kneale, Jackie Kouri and Gary Paxton, Betty and Steve Pirnat, Kathy and Bob West, the Williams Foundation, and many more.
Icons and Idols auction chairs are Sarah Jane and Matt Gillett.
Others assisting with the event include Alison Anthony, Billie and Howard Barnett, Anna and Gary Black, Mary Wheeler and Spencer Brown, Marjo and Bob Burk, Dennis and Lisa Cameron, Pat Chernicky, Rosalie Childs, Rebecca Creal, Becky Dixon and Patrick Keegan, Wendy and Gentner Drummond, Melissa Easterling, Charlotte and Wade Edmundson, Kim and Jeremy Fairchild, Cheryl and John Forrest, Janie and Earl Funk, Jacqui and Roger Haglund, David Hogan, Soohyun Jin, Andy Kinslow, Suzanne and Jim Kneale, Jackie Kouri and Gary Paxton, Anne and Phil Marshall, Marian and Jim McCarthy, Nicole Morgan, Cindy and Michael Noland, Donna O'Rourke and Tom Twomey, Betty and Steve Pirnat, Kathy and Ed Raschen, Cassie Reese, Hannah and Joe Robson, Isaac Rocha, Lynne and Bill Schonacher, Tanya Shaw, Will Smith, Georgia and Ken Snoke, Skip Teel, Amanda Viles, Becky and Bill Warnock, Kathy and Bob West, Mollie Williford, Monica Williford, Diane and Milt Wolff, and Chris and Bill Zollinger.
To learn more about Icons and Idols and sponsorship opportunities, go to tulsaworld.com/iconsandidols, or contact Tulsa Ballet development manager Jessica Hudgens at 918-392-5907, or email email@example.com.
Original Print Headline: Tulsa Ballet's annual gala set for Feb. 16
Artistic Director Marcello Angelini (left), Lynne Schonacher, Tulsa Ballet Board President Bill Schonacher, Icons and Idols event chairs Betty and Steve Pirnat, and designer Talmadge Powell prepare for the black-tie gala to be held Feb. 16 at the Tulsa Convention Center. JOHN CLANTON/Tulsa World