People & Places: Assistance League Hosts Letter-Writing Campaign

People & Places: Assistance League Hosts Letter-Writing Campaign

The Tulsa Relief League keeps things simple in its efforts to support Operation School Bell, its flagship program to benefit Tulsa students.

Rather than spend time and expense organizing some sort of fundraising gala, the Relief League instead runs a letter-writing campaign throughout October, during which participants can send personal missives to family, friends and other members of the community. , encouraging them to donate to support Operation School Bell.

Each year, Operation School Bell provides clothing to more than 20,000 school children in the Tulsa metro area. Children can “purchase” their clothes at the Relief League headquarters at Legacy Plaza, 5350 E. 31st St.; those who live outside of the TPS neighborhood can shop at area Walmart stores with an Assistance League volunteer. Each child also receives two books.

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New, well-fitting clothes can go a long way to boosting a child’s self-esteem and academic success. It costs about $140 per child to provide shoes, socks, underwear, pants, shirts, belts, jackets and tracksuits for one school year.

To register to participate, and for more information:

Health Champions raise $125,000

The 19th Annual Health Champions Gala, held Sept. 27 at the Cox Business Convention Center, raised $125,000 for the Oklahoma Caring Foundation. The event was sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Caring Foundation offers vaccinations for children statewide.

Additionally, the event honored five Health Champions, organizations doing innovative work to strengthen the health and well-being of all Oklahomans. This year’s winners were the CARE Center in Oklahoma City; The Sadness Grievance Center of Tulsa; Healthy Living and Fitness Inc., of Oklahoma City; Dr. Rieger Wood, founder of the Oklahoma Mission of Mercy; and City Care of Oklahoma City.

TV personality Erin Andrews served as the keynote speaker for the event.

Child Abuse Network funds new center

The Child Abuse Network, in conjunction with Write On Fundraising, has raised nearly $11 million for its fundraising campaign to transform the former University of Oklahoma Physicians Building, 2829 S. Sheridan Road, into a a new child advocacy center.

The funds will transform the 35,000 square foot building currently located on the CAN campus and more than double its capacity to serve abused and neglected children.

“We have been completely overwhelmed by the generous response from donors and community members who share our commitment to helping children and families heal from abuse and neglect,” said Campaign Chair Kala Sharp. “The legacy of those who donated to this campaign is one of deep compassion, empathy and advocacy.”

The committee raised the majority of its target during the first nine months of the “quiet phase” during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, but then slowed to invite more community investment through its fundraising initiative. “Superhero Summer” fund.

A $2 million donation from AR and the Marylouise Tandy Foundation pushed CAN over the finish line and ensured the organization would not need to fund construction or commit interest, a rare achievement for many capital projects.

The Child Abuse Network center routinely serves over 200 children per month, and the lack of space in the current facility has resulted in a lack of space in waiting rooms for families in need, too few washrooms forensic interrogations so that members of the multidisciplinary team can carry out their work, and staff doubling or even tripling in offices and having to move away to another space to speak confidentially with a client or their family.

CEO Maura Guten said the new space will allow the organization to double the number of children it can serve each year.

To report child abuse, call the Oklahoma Hotline at 800-522-3511 or the National Hotline at 800-422-4453. For more information on the Child Abuse Network:

NewView Oklahoma welcomes artist John Bramblitt

John Bramblitt, a Texas-based visually impaired artist, muralist and teacher, will be attending a fundraising event for NewView Oklahoma on Tuesday, October 11 at noon at the Cox Business Convention Center, 100 Civic Center.

Bramblitt, who has shown his work at Mayfest and given workshops at Tulsa Community College and the Philbrook Museum of Art, will talk about his career while demonstrating art on stage.

The event is free, but reservations are required. For more information: 918-813-3684,

Grace Wood, James Watts and Jimmie Tramel talk about Tulsa State Fair, from trying fair fried food to people watching to performers like Russell Dickerson.

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