During an extraordinary “Moveable Feast” held in the wine cellar of Polo Grill on Sunday, February 9, Saint Simeon’s patrons funded a “Moveable Treat” – a new passenger van to transport the residents of the Tulsa senior community. The fundraiser was a huge success with donors contributing more than $77,000.
Saint Simeon’s, a mission of the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma, was honored to have Debbie and Bishop Ed Konieczny offer the creation of the menu based on their own recipes. The couple also helped prepare the meal along with Proprietor/Chef Robert Merrifield, Chef Justin Donaldson and Chef Omar Galban from Polo Grill. The exquisite menu featured nine courses paired with selected wines by Robert Merrifield.
Remarks throughout the evening were given by George Dotson, President of the Saint Simeon’s Foundation, who expressed gratitude to Robert Merrifield, Saint Simeon’s Foundation Trustee, and Bishop Ed Konieczny, Chair of the Saint Simeon’s Home and Foundation Boards, and his wife, Debbie, for a remarkable evening and successful fundraiser. He thanked the many patrons for their generous support which ensured the financial success of the event.
Others in attendance included Phyllis and Steve Anderson; Debbie Baker; Robin Ballenger and Life Enrichment’s Teresa Reno; Lucy and John Barker; Saint Simeon’s Foundation’s Carolyn and Jack Blair; Kathryn Burke with guests the Rev. Bob and Joan Wickizer; Anne Cleveland; Revelle Clausing; Bryan Close with guests Janet McGehee and Donna and Jim Ogez; Allison Cotton; Andrea and the Rev. Irv Cutter; Mary Dotson; Phyllis and George Dotson; Will and Donna Farrior; Lindsay and Ron Fick; Greg Gray and Sharon Bell; Helen Jo and Jim Hardwick; Saint Simeon’s Foundation’s Kayci Hebard; David Hogan and June Patton; Meg and Warren Hubler; Kelly and Tony Jezek; Beth and Ben Latham; Patsy Lyon; Rob Lyon, Jr. and Peggy Grant; Marilyn Morris; Millie Millspaugh; the Rev. Canon John Powers; Becky and the Rev. Shelby Scott; Margaret and Ross Swimmer; and Priscilla Tate. Patrons who were unable to attend included Rita Bell, Kristin and Jim Bender, Pat Deisenroth, Mary Ann Hille, Leslie and Steve Lake, Caron and Shawn Lawhorn, and Ramon Prange.
During the event, George Dotson, on behalf of the Saint Simeon’s Foundation, presented plaques commemorating the event to Debbie and Bishop Ed Konieczny, Robert Merrifield, and Michael Funk, General Manager, and his staff of Polo Grill. Bishop Konieczny also presented each guest with individually carved palm crosses in gratitude for their generous support of Saint Simeon’s. The beautiful crosses were made from a single unique piece of grained olive wood pruned from the olive trees around Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus. Debbie and Bishop Ed secured the wood palm crosses during their travels to the Holy Land.
All 54 guests raved about the unique event and the hosts who made it so special. “At the end of ‘A Moveable Feast,’ a round of applause greeted Debbie and Bishop Edward Konieczny, Robert Merrifield, Michael Funk, the other Polo Grill chefs and staff in thanksgiving for an extraordinary evening of fine dining all for a wonderful cause – to raise funds for a new “moveable treat” for the residents of Saint Simeon’s to enjoy – a new passenger van,” commented Saint Simeon’s Foundation Trustee Phyllis Dotson.
“ ‘A Moveable Feast’ featured an amazing dinner organized and prepared by the Bishop and his wife, Debbie, along with Robert Merrifield and his staff at the Polo Grill that included great food, wine, and supporters of Saint Simeon’s. It was a terrific evening of mingling with good friends and supporters of the great cause that is Saint Simeon’s,” said Saint Simeon’s Foundation Trustee John Barker.
“I’m so proud to be associated with Saint Simeon’s, which operates a first-class retirement community with dignity and respect for all,” said Saint Simeon’s Foundation Trustee Marilyn Morris. “When I donate money to Saint Simeon’s for various needs, I know the money will be used exactly as it was intended to be used. You can be certain that this organization operates with the highest level of integrity with the residents and their families, the staff, and all guests who find themselves on the campus of Saint Simeon’s.”