Saint Simeon’s Foundation is thrilled to announce that Western Days 2014: OKLAHOMA! Our Home is Grand! was an huge success, with more than $514,000 raised. The event, held on Tuesday, Sept. 9 atCentral Park Hall at Expo Square,marked the 18th annual milestone of the fundraising event benefitting the privately managed, nonprofit, senior living community that is home to men and women of all faiths.
More than 700 people attended Western Days 2014: OKLAHOMA! Our Home is Grand!, which featured a marvelous Silent Auction, as well as the always entertaining Live Auction, led by volunteer auctioneer Tommy Williams. Live auction items ranged from a dinner prepared by local Episcopal priests, a tour of the CBS News headquarters in Manhattan with veteran journalist Scott Pelley, son-in-law of Saint Simeon’s residents Dr. Reece and Mrs. Ruth Boone, and getaways to beautiful vacation homes in the Texas Hill Country, Washington, D.C., and Ruidoso, N.M.
The evening also featured the traditional General Store stocked with handmade items from residents, and a delicious dinner. In addition, Western Days attendees were entertained by musical performances from Oklahoma! the musical.
An addition to Western Days this year was a game called “Money on the Line.” Guests could purchase a clothespin for $20, and at the end of the evening, Event Chair Jim Bender dropped all of the clothespins off a platform into a bucket. One clothespin was drawn as the winner, and that guest, Judy Roberts, won half the earnings from the game. Roberts generously opted to split her prize earnings as donations to both Saint Simeon’s and the Assistance League of Tulsa.
Kristin and Jim Bender served as Event Chairs, with June Patton and David Hogan serving as Chairs Elect. Lucy and John Barker served as Patron Chairs. Margaret and Ross Swimmer were selected as Honorary Chairs and were celebrated for their long-time guidance and support of Saint Simeon’s.
The Pioneer Spirit Award was presented to Saint Simeon’s Resident Mable Rice in celebration of her dedication to minority rights and community development in Tulsa. Rice worked as a founder and developer of Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, North Tulsa Heritage Foundation, the Greenwood Cultural Center and the Business and Industrial Development Corporation in an effort to preserve the rich history of the Greenwood District.
King Wildcatter Underwriting sponsor of Western Days was the H.A. and Mary K. Chapman Charitable Trust. Wildcatter Underwriting sponsors of Western Days were Phyllis and George Dotson and the Ralph and Frances McGill Foundation.
Oil Baron Presenting Sponsors included a gift from an Anonymous donor, Phyllis and Steve Anderson, John and Lucy Barker, Pat and Malcolm Deisenroth, the George Kaiser Family Foundation, Will Smith and WPX Energy.
Tool Pusher sponsors were the Rt. Rev. Dr. Edward Konieczny and the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma and the Hille Foundation.
Driller sponsors included gifts from Don and Ellen Atkins, Robin Ballenger, Bank of Oklahoma, Kristin and Jim Bender, William Berry, Don Carlton Honda, E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation, Hall Estill, Attorneys at Law, Caron and Shawn Lawhorn, Lou and Connie Miller Charitable Foundation, the Jane Murray Family, ONE Gas, ONEOK, Staghorn Energy, LLC, Margaret and Ross Swimmer and Trust Company of Oklahoma.