Friends of Saint Simeon’s enjoyed a splendid evening at The Polo Grill on Sunday, March 20 called “A Grand Evening,” a special fundraiser in which patrons donated a grand to go towards new beds in the Memory Center.

Chef Robert Merrifield, Trustee, Saint Simeon’s Foundation, and his team at The Polo Grill prepared a splendid meal for the 28 attendees. The eight-course menu centered on a Biblical-themed and included items such as “Loaves and Fishes” Salad with Citrus Cured Arctic Char, Tenderloin Medallions “Trinity” with steaks marinated in Mushroom Jus, Oscar, and Three Peppercorn Melange, and a Chocolate Gran Marnier “Sunday Sundae.” Each course was accompanied by a specially paired wine.

The evening opened with remarks from Will Farrior, President, Saint Simeon’s Foundation and a prayer by Father Bob Wickizer which focused on the idea that Saint Simeon’s is a place that allows adult children to truly “honor (their) father and mother” (Ephesians 6:2). In total, the event raised $35,100. George Dotson, Saint Simeon’s Home and Foundation Trustee, closed the evening with remarks thanking Robert and Donna Merrifield and announcing that as a thank you, Saint Simeon’s will be dedicating a willow tree on their behalf.

Are you familiar with traditional Sadie Hawkins Dances? Usually they are held on Feb. 29 every four years in celebration of Leap Day. Today at Saint Simeon's, in celebration of Leap Day, we held our traditional "every four years" Sadie Hawkins Dance! Residents enjoyed music and jokes by the Mountain Oyster Boys, dancing, and snacks. Everyone was encouraged to dress as hillbillies in recognition of Sadie Hawkins herself.

Here is some information about Sadie Hawkins from http://womensissues.about.com/od/womensbodiesminds/f/SadieHawkinsDay.html:

Named after a fictional character, Sadie Hawkins Day celebrates role reversal by sanctioning women to ask men out on a date or even propose marriage.

There's a common misconception that February 29th (better known as Leap Day) is Sadie Hawkins Day. Although that isn't the case, February 29th does hold significance for women thanks to an old Irish tradition called St. Bridget's Complaint, which granted women permission to propose marriage on that day.

Sadie Hawkins Day is rooted in the story of Sadie Hawkins, a character created by Al Capp in the comic strip Li'l Abner. Sadie was described as "the homeliest gal in the hills." Sadie was unable get a date, so her father, a prominent citizen in the town of Dogpatch, named a day after her to help Sadie get a man. On Sadie Hawkins Day, a footrace was held in Dogpatch so the women could pursue the town's eligible bachelors.

According to the Li'l Abner website, Sadie Hawkins Day is an unspecified date in November which Al Capp observed in his comic strip for four decades.


Thursday, Feb. 18 was the annual Resident Art Show at Saint Simeon's. We have so many talented artists at Saint Simeon's -- many of them have sold paintings, sculptures, and other handiwork and even had their work published in books.

Naturally, no Art Show is complete without wine and cheese, so our Life Enrichment Department provided plenty of refreshments. Several Residents and staff members, and some visiting TCC students, enjoyed touring the Residents' work. Residents stood proudly beside their work and explained the inspiration behind it.

One of the artists whose works were on display were John Brooks Walton, Tulsa's most famous living architect, whose room at Saint Simeon's is now filled with his fantastic paintings and drawings. Other notable Resident artists featured were the Stitch in Time group, which creates stuffed animals and baby blankets, Martha Meyers' beautiful cross stitching, Vern Stanton's impressive wood carvings, and Paul McGraw's colorful paintings.

Saint Simeon’s has a 103-year-old Resident! Mr. John Howell is a new Resident in the Dotson Family Assisted Living Center. His wife, Jeanne, who is not at Saint Simeon’s, will also turn 100 this year!

Mr. Howell is originally from Fort Smith, Ark. He is a World War II veteran and made his career in civil service through the Veteran’s Administration, helping other veterans determine if they wanted to go back to school or make other life decisions.

He moved to Oklahoma to attend Langston University, where he met his wife, Jeanne. However, the two were not married until 1990, when he moved back to Oklahoma after a long stint in Chicago. He and Jeanne have been married for 26 years and have a step-son, John Carmichael.

Our beautiful Simone, the Golden Retriever "Chief Executive Cuddler" of Saint Simeon's, had her 7th birthday on April 1! We celebrated by throwing her a big party, like we do every year!

The party was complete with a cake both for humans and a separate cake for Simone! Simone's cake was made by staff members and Memory Center Residents and filled with things dogs love, like peanut butter, carrots, dog treats, and more!

The partygoers enjoyed hearing the story of Simone I and Simone II from Kathy Hinkle, Simone's "Mom." Partygoers were encouraged to bring dog food to be donated to the dogs of the homeless, since Simone's birthday wish is always to help dogs in need. Each Monday, Saint Simeon's Residents gather in the Wellness Center to bag 50 pound bags of dog food into smaller baggies to be given to the homeless population of Tulsa and their dogs. Altogether, we collected 150 pounds of dog food at Simone's party!

Thanks to everyone who attended and wished Simone a happy birthday on her Facebook page!

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