People & Places: Dillon International Lunar New Year benefit dinner set for Feb. 10
BY DANNA SUE WALKER World Staff Writer
Sunday, January 13, 2013
1/13/13 at 4:04 AM
For Dillon International, it's always about the children.
That is true, even at the agency's annual Lunar New Year benefit dinner, where many of the adopted children from various countries - all dressed in traditional costumes - take part in a parade through the ballroom, which brings smiles and occasional tears of joy to those in the crowd.
It will all be in place when Friends of Dillon International rings in the Year of the Snake at the 18th annual go-round 5:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Doubletree Hotel Downtown Tulsa.
The festivities will feature international entertainment celebrating the vibrant culture of India, live and silent auctions, the procession of children, and an opportunity to learn about the agency's programs for children and families.
Items featured in the live auction include a five-night stay for two in Kauai, Hawaii; a week at a luxurious condo in Florida; a Branson, Mo., weekend package; an American Girl weekend package at the Hyatt Place Dallas; and four club seats for an OSU football game.
The silent auction will include a variety of unique items from several countries, as well as many items from here in Tulsa, such as tickets to the Tulsa Ballet, a chance to cheer with the TU cheerleaders, sports memorabilia and certificates to a number of restaurants and gift shops throughout downtown Tulsa, Brookside and Utica Square.
Piper Bain is event chairwoman. Committee members include Lynn Jones, Karen Szabo, Shawna Sanchez, Cathy Anthony, Anne Speicher, Dwayne Craul, Joy Coffman and Lisa Tresch, along with staff members Deniese Dillon, Rosalyn Heilman, Cindy Davison, Tonnie Dosser and Susanna Will.
Event sponsors include E. Ann Graves, the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, George Kaiser Family Foundation, David and Kay Wulf, James and Mary Barnes, David and Kendel Hall, Henry and Susanna Will, Williams, Conner & Winters LLP, Gibraltar Capital, Helmerich & Payne, Jerry and Deniese Dillon, Dr. Greg and Debbie Johnsen, Lynn Jones and James Medill, Kyle and Lisa Tresch, Alan and Piper Bain, Nielsen's, Trust Co. of Oklahoma, F&M Bank and Trust, Jim and Helen Jo Hardwick, Mike and Kathy Mears, Pediatric & Adolescent Care, and Tulsa World of Gymnastics.
Major in-kind donors include Parties Plus Productions, JD Young, Doubletree Hotel Downtown, and GH Co. Jay Litchfield will be the auctioneer.
Proceeds from the annual fundraiser will support the licensed nonprofit agency's mission of caring for children and creating families.
The cost to attend is $75 per adult and $15 per child ages 3-11; family tables and sponsorships are also available.
Since its founding in 1972, Dillon International Inc., an international adoption and humanitarian aid agency, has placed more than 6,000 children with families throughout the United States. The agency also provides post-adoption services, such as heritage camps; birth-land tours to Korea, China, Haiti, India and Guatemala; and support services for adoptive families.
For more information, or to RSVP, call 918-749-4600 or visit tulsaworld.com/dillonadopt
Original Print Headline: Lunar New Year event set
Kyle Tresch (left), Dillon International's director of operations, visits with Missy Mitchell, Kaylee Mitchell, Ava Kirchmer and Piper Bain about Dillon's Lunar New Year fundraiser Feb. 10 at Doubletree Hotel Downtown. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World