People & Places: Carnivale set for March 30 to benefit Mental Health Association in Tulsa
BY DANNA SUE WALKER World Staff Writer
Sunday, February 10, 2013
2/11/13 at 2:49 PM
This story originally left out a gold-level patron. The story has been corrected.
It's all very hush, hush.
It seems that for its 24th go-round, the Mental Health Association in Tulsa's Carnivale 2013, known as "the best party in town," will also have the best-kept secrets.
Ask co-chairs Mollie and J.W. Craft about the big event, and they grin and note that Carnivale's secrets will be revealed March 30 - the night they transform the Tulsa Convention Center's ballroom into a forbidden garden.
This is the party that revs the energy up with music and a dance floor filled with revelers. The "black-tie-ish" gala also features fine dining, cocktails and lots of surprises.
Secrets abound leading up to Carnivale, but the Crafts hinted that Carnivale entertainers will challenge traditional perceptions and create a sensory experience unlike any other.
And Carnivale patrons get the extra treat of a party in their honor March 15 at Skelly House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Carnivale donors help the Mental Health Association in Tulsa provide 875 Tulsans, many of whom are battling mental illnesses and overcoming homelessness, a safe and affordable place to call home and supporters who believe in their ability to recover with treatment. In 2012, 93 percent of formerly homeless tenants did not return to the streets.
Michael Brose, the association's executive director, said, "Thanks to our compassionate patrons and volunteers, Carnivale 2013 will be an evening to celebrate our nationally recognized housing and recovery programs at a time when so many Tulsans need four walls and a road to recovery."
The Crafts are working behind the scenes with Talmadge Powell Creative and the association's staff to achieve an unprecedented fundraising goal.
Carnivale committee members include Bailey Austin, Monica Basu, Jeff Broermann, Patricia Chernicky, Sean Conner, Marnie Flegler, Krista Herman, Robin LaButti, Kelly Mackin, Suzanne Maniss, Laura Parrott, Ben Stewart, Ashley Thompson, Piper Turner, Heather Van Hooser, Mary Westbrook and Curtis White.
Carnivale 2013 executive consultants are Sheila and Kevan Buck, Tony Henry, Isaac Rocha, Tamra Sheehan, and Jill and Bob Thomas.
The Carnivale 2013 presenting patron is the George Kaiser Family Foundation.
Premier patrons are Mollie and J.W. Craft, H.A. and Mary K. Chapman Charitable Trust, Laureate Psychiatric Clinic & Hospital, and Jill and Bob Thomas.
Gold patrons are The Bama Companies, Inc., Kathy Craft, GDH Consulting, Justin McClure Creative, Suzanne and Jim Kneale, Tamra and David Sheehan, Susan and Bill Thomas, the University of Tulsa, Mollie Williford, and the Zarrow Families Foundation.
Silver/bronze patrons are Miranda and Philip Kaiser and Robin and Ron LaButti.
Silver patrons are Lisa and Steve Antry, John Arend, Bank of Oklahoma, Doubletree Hotel Downtown, McElroy Manufacturing, Nona M. and Sam J. Rhoades Foundation, Oklahoma Magazine, and Randy Sullivan.
Bronze patrons are Irene and Sanford Burnstein, Connie and Jeff Cope, GableGotwals, Jackie Cooper Imports, Julie and John Nickel, and Tulsa People.
Copper patrons are Judy and Jeff Alexander, Monica Basu, Charmaine Berlioux, David Burton, Sandra and Joseph Callahan, Mary and Craig Cameron, Citizens Security Bank, Wendy and Gentner Drummond, Crowe and Dunlevy, GSB Mortgage, Marnie and John Flegler, Ann Graves, Helmerich & Payne, Carol and Joe McGraw, Julie and Sanjay Meshri, Marcy and Bernard Robinowitz, Diane and Cap Smith, Curtis White, and Debra Zinke.
Other donors are Charlotte and Wade Edmundson, Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma, Susan and Robert Mase, Jeannie McDaniel, People's Bank, Sara and Jay Phoenix, Summit Bank, Nancy and Andrew Wolov, and Hastings & Chivetta Architects.
For more, go to tulsaworld.com/carnivale2013 or contact Paul Davis at 918-382-2407 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Original Print Headline: 'Forbidden Garden' set for Carnivale
J.W. and Mollie Craft (standing), Todd Pyland (left, seated) and Talmadge Powell are organizing the 24th Mental Health Association's Carnivale on March 30 at the Tulsa Convention Center. MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World