Saint Simeon’s Foundation is thrilled to announce that Western Days 2016: Decades of Compassion was a huge success, with more than $465,000 raised. The event, held on Tuesday, Sept. 13 under the barn lights of Cox Business Center, marked the 20th annual milestone of the fundraising event benefitting Saint Simeon's.
More than 700 people attended Western Days 2016: Decades of Compassion, which featured a marvelous Silent Auction, as well as the always entertaining Live Auction. Live auction items ranged from a vacation for three couples at a private villa in Baja, California, an elegant evening at Polo Grill for 10 with paired wines, a dinner for 10 prepared and served by Debbie and Bishop Ed Konieczny, and “My Sweet Haven,” a 48" x 60" original oil painting on canvas by Anna Rutherford, artist.
The evening also featured the traditional General Store stocked with handmade items from Saint Simeon’s residents, and a delicious dinner prepared by Chef Devin Levine. In addition, Western Days attendees were entertained by musical performances from Shelby Eicher and the Tulsa Playboys.
Phyllis and George Dotson served as Event Chairs, with Mandy and Blake Atkins serving as Patron Chairs. Lisa and Tom Schooley served as Auction Chairs. The Rt. Rev. Dr. Edward J. Konieczny and Lindsay Hurley Fick were celebrated as Honorary Chairs. Bishop Konieczny has served as Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma for nearly 10 years and was also honored as being Chairman of the Saint Simeon’s Home Board of Trustees and as Chairman of the Saint Simeon’s Foundation Board of Trustees for 10 years.
Lindsay Hurley Fick joined Saint Simeon’s as President and CEO in 2006. Her decade of guidance and leadership has meant great strides for Saint Simeon’s.
The Pioneer Spirit Award was presented to Saint Simeon’s Resident John Brooks Walton. John is known locally as Tulsa’s most famous living architect and is author of several books, including One Hundred Historic Tulsa Homes. Most recently, John’s skill of painting has been a growing passion, and dozens of his paintings line the walls of his apartment and a dining room at Saint Simeon’s.
Wildcatter Underwriting Sponsors of Western Days were Phyllis and George Dotson.
Oil Baron Presenting Sponsors included the DeKraai Family Fund, The Rt. Rev. Dr. Edward J. Konieczny – The Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma, and William S. Smith.
Tool Pusher Sponsors included a gift from an Anonymous donor, Phyllis and Steve Anderson, Ellen and Don Atkins, the E. L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation, the Ralph and Frances McGill Foundation, and the Sherman E. Smith Family Foundation.
Driller Sponsors included gifts from Bank of Oklahoma, the H.A. and Mary K. Chapman Charitable Trusts, John and Lucy Barker, William L. Berry, Debbie Cadieux, David O. Hogan, Don Carlton Honda, George Kaiser Family Foundation, Hardesty Family Foundation, Hille Foundation, Caron and Shawn Lawhorn, Rob and Mary Martinovich, Lou and Connie Miller Charitable Foundation, ONE Gas, ONEOK, The Oxley Foundation, Trust Company of Oklahoma, and WPX Energy.