People & Places: Morton plans gala dinner
BY DANNA SUE WALKER World Staff Writer
Monday, January 28, 2013
1/28/13 at 6:31 AM
Steve Perry, founder and principal of Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, Conn., will be the keynote speaker when Morton Comprehensive Health Services holds its third annual Robert Russa Moton Gala at 7 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Tulsa Marriott Southern Hills.
Perry is also host of the popular television program, "Save My Son With Dr. Steve Perry," on TV One, a CNN education contributor and acclaimed author.
In his remarks, Perry will present his thoughts on the value of an education, which - together with access to quality health care - can position an individual for greater opportunities.
"By sponsoring this annual event, our goal is to highlight what Morton is doing to improve health-care delivery in northeastern Oklahoma. Dr. Perry will share his thoughts about how education and medicine can work together to improve a community," said John M. Silva, CEO of Morton.
Victoria Bartlett, Tulsa's first lady, is gala chairwoman. She will join Morton in celebrating its 92nd year of providing health care in northeastern Oklahoma.
"Morton has been an integral part of the community by providing medical and dental services for generations of Tulsans. Its history is unique in that it has offered at one time inpatient care and today provides primary care services and has been doing so for the insured and uninsured for decades," Bartlett said.
During the event, Morton will announce the recipient of the Teola Trent, RN, Community Health Center Nursing Scholarship, a financial award that goes to a deserving student attending Langston University School of Nursing.
The award was developed after Trent's recent retirement after 38 years of service that exemplified nursing excellence and community commitment in caring for children and families of Morton.
Entertainment will be provided by three local bands: Full Flava Kings, Salsabor Salsa band and Soul Element featuring Brandi Hamilton.
Event sponsors include Hillcrest HealthCare System, Langston University, George Kaiser Family Foundation and the National Association of Community Health Centers.
For more information, go to tulsaworld.com/morton For corporate tables or group ticket sales, call 918-295-6103.
Original Print Headline: Morton sets gala event
Victoria Bartlett, 2013 honorary dinner chairwoman of the third annual Robert Russa Moton gala, stands with Carol Thompkins, director of strategic initiatives and development for Morton Comprehensive Health Services; Kevin Gross, president and CEO of Hillcrest HealthCare System and 2012 honorary dinner chairman; and Monty Hedgepeth, executive chef of Marriott Hotel Southern Hills, during the event's menu tasting at Marriott Hotel Southern Hills. CORY YOUNG / Tulsa World