People & Places: Toyland Ball raises $500,000 for Parent Child Center of Tulsa
BY DANNA SUE WALKER World Staff Writer
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
2/12/13 at 6:41 AM
How sweet it was.
The 23rd annual Toyland Ball raised a record $500,000 for the vital programs and client services of The Parent Child Center of Tulsa.
Irene and Stan Burnstein were honorary chairs of the event held at the Hyatt Regency that featured a live auction, Moody's and Martinis event, and raffles courtesy of the Donna Dantini Witt Foundation and Rib Crib.
Guests also played heads and tails sponsored by Parallel Energy and danced to the music of Mr. Cabbagehead and the Screamin' Radishes. Jennifer Legler was event chairwoman.
Lisa Antry received the Guardian Angel Award, which honors an individual whose commitment to The Parent Child Center of Tulsa has made a significant difference in its mission to prevent child abuse and neglect through education, treatment and advocacy.
According to Executive Director Desiree Doherty: "The funds raised at Toyland Ball will make a huge difference on many levels to The Parent Child Center. These funds will sustain programs that have lost funding due to budget cuts at foundations and public entities. They will give us the ability to serve more children - thus reduce our waiting list, allow us to acquire additional parent education materials that are so needed and, at the same time, help us to strengthen our many partnerships in the community."
In addition to George Kaiser Family Foundation, patrons for the 2013 Toyland Ball included presenting patrons Stan and Irene Burnstein Foundation; diamond patrons Rob and Kim Coretz; platinum patrons Alliance Resource Partners, F&M Bank and Trust Co., Jeff and Connie Cope, Hall Estill, Jess L. and Miriam Stevens Foundation, Mollie Williford and WPX Energy; gold patrons Don and Pat Hardin, D&L Oil Tools, Jim and Suzanne Kneale, and Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation; and silver patrons Acquisition Advisors, Steve and Lisa Antry/Eagle Energy Co., Bank of Oklahoma, The Bama Cos., Bryan Close, International Chemical Co., Janet McGehee, Ruth and Al R.D. Sowards of Sisk Charitable Trust, Unit Corp. and Williams.
Also, bronze patrons Arvest Bank, The Bender Family Charitable Fund in honor of Lisa Antry, BlueCross BlueShield of Oklahoma, Ernst and Young, Helmerich & Payne, Robert and Deb Krumme, Magellan Midstream Partners LP, and MidFirst Bank; copper patrons Citizens Security Bank, Conner and Winters, Gable Gotwals, Robert and JoAnne Leikam, Rosemary Harris and Tracy Spears, Hogan Taylor, Public Service Co. of Oklahoma, Reed and Gabbie Oppenheimer, Riggs Abney Neal Turpin Orbison & Lewis P.C., Tom and Glenda Sisson, SFHS for the Children's Hospital at Saint Francis, the University of Tulsa, Wells Fargo Financial Advisors LLC, Bob and Kathy West, and Woodrum Tate & Associates PLLC.
Individual patrons included Marvin and Cheryl Barth, Bob and Laurie Berman, Stuart and Tiffany Campbell, Aaron and Michelle Choquette, Al and Evelyn Colby, Commerce Bank, Doc and Desiree Doherty, Fabricut, Toby Fell, David and Bonnie Gilbert, John and Marion Grace, John and Esther Harper, Steve and Shannon Jaques, Bill Lohrey, Dave and Kay Maher, Jamie and Kristin McCoy, John and Julie Nickel, Mike and Kathy O'Kelley, Linda Mitchell Price Charitable Foundation, Bruce and Stephanie Riddle, Mark and Kari Roles, Stanfield and O'Dell P.C., Ladd Sullins and Diana Jones, Summit Bank, Andy Turner, Ken Ray Underwood, and Milt and Diana Wolff.
Underwriters were River Spirit Casino and Parallel Energy LP.
Live auction donors were MidFirst Bank, Polo Grill, Chris Craighead, Tuck and Kate Curren, The Campbell-Lepley Foundation Inc., Cary and Cindy Marshall, Bryan Close, Kurt Fleischfresser, Western Concepts, Kraftours, Al and Evelyn Colby, Omni Air, Tracy and Jennifer Poole, TulsaKids, Susan Sadler, Brenner's Ltd., Russ and Gail Newman, Burn Co. BBQ, Dan and Andrea Ellinor, Otto Duecker, M.A. Doran Gallery and Paul Woodul.
Special thanks went to Toni's Flowers, Kelly Hill and the TU Third Floor Design, Tulsa World and Lynn Schusterman for hosting the 2013 Toyland Ball Patrons' Party.
Others in the crowd included Steve and Lisa Antry, Bob and Nancy Moore, Jim and Kristin Bender, Brent and Dr. Melanie Blackstock, Kaley Blackstock, David Hogan and June Patton, Paul and Judy Kantor, Tiffen and Kristen Kenneally, Jim and Suzanne Kneale, Robert and Deb Krumme, Bill Lohrey, Andrew Neyman and Sarah Lohrey-Neyman, John and Julie Nickel, Reed and Gabi Oppenheimer, Al and Ruth Sowards, Bryan Close and Janet McGehee, Brent and Sue Curry, and Ray and Linda Booker.
The mission of The Parent Child Center of Tulsa is to prevent child abuse and neglect through education, treatment and advocacy. It is a partner agency of Tulsa Area United Way and is accredited by the Council on Accreditation.
For more information about The Parent Child Center of Tulsa, go to tulsaworld.com/parentchild
Original Print Headline: Toyland Ball event raises record $500,000
Jennifer Legler (left), Lisa Antry, Irene Burnstein and Stan Burnstein attend the annual Toyland Ball at the downtown Hyatt Regency Hotel. The event raised funds for The Parent Child Center of Tulsa. JOEY JOHNSON / for the Tulsa World