Noah Bush

Restaurateur Noah Bush is leading an effort by Tulsa restaurants and bars to donate to Juneteenth and Tulsas Race Massacre causes. Tulsa World

A group of Tulsa restaurants and bars is banding together Friday during the Juneteenth celebrations to raise money for two causes.

A portion of sales and tips Friday will be donated to the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission and to Tulsa Juneteenth Fund II.

Noah Bush, co-owner of Hodges Bend, Lowood and Saturn Room, is leading the group, called Tulsa Stands Together.

“We’re 99 years to the month of the Tulsa Race Massacre,” Bush said in a release. “With the current climate, the events happening this Saturday and the nation watching us, we feel it’s important to try and shift the conversation to some good news for Tulsa. We want to show the world that we, as a community, support Juneteenth and the work of the commission.”

Juneteenth is the historic date on which African-Americans celebrate the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation that abolished slavery.

The effort is not restricted to restaurants. Anyone may donate to the two organizations through Monday, June 22. Donations will be collected and matched by the George Kaiser Family Foundation. Donors should note Tulsa Stands Together when making their contributions.

For more information and to be recognized among donors, email a copy of your donation receipt to

Donations to 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission may be made through and to Tulsa Juneteenth Fund II at

Participating businesses include Amelia’s, Andolini’s, Arnie’s, Bill & Ruth’s Cherry Street, Bird & Bottle, Bohemian Pizzeria, Celebrity Restaurant, Chicken and the Wolf, Chimera Café, Dalesandro’s, Dilly Diner, Dust Bowl, Elgin Park, Elote Café, Farrell Family Bread, Fassler Hall, Foolish Things Coffee, Glacier Bean to Bar, Hodges Bend, Howdy Burger, In the Raw Vu, Juniper, Justin Thompson Catering, KEO Asian Cuisine, Laffa Medi-Eastern, Lone Wolf Banh Mi and Lowood.

Also, Marshall Brewing Co., McNellie’s Pub, Open Container, Oren, Peacemaker, Pita Place, Prhyme Downtown Steakhouse, Prossimo, R Bar & Grill, Roosevelt’s, Roppongi, Saturn Room, Savastano’s, Shady Keys Dueling Piano Bar, Andolini’s Sliced, St. Vitus, The Bond, The Bramble, The Hunt Club, The Local Bison, The Summit Club, The Tavern, The Vault, Thirst Wine Merchants, TiAmo, Topeca Coffee, Valkyrie, Vintage Wine Bar and Yokozuna.

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Scott Cherry 918-581-8463

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Scott is in his second tour of duty with the Tulsa World. He was a sports writer during his first stop. Since returning to the World in 1992, he has been the food writer and now restaurant critic and wine columnist. Phone: 918-581-8463