Saint Simeon’s Foundation is thrilled to announce that Western Days 2015: Celebrating Saint Simeon’s, Where Caring Really Matters, was a huge success with over $500,000 raised. The event, held on Tuesday, Sept. 15 at Central Park Hall at Expo Square, marked the 19th annual milestone of the fundraising event benefiting Saint Simeon’s.
Nearly 700 people attended Western Days 2015: Celebrating Saint Simeon’s, Where Caring Really Matters, 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 traditional multi-course Polish dinner prepared by Debbie and Bishop Ed Konieczny, a private dinner for 10 and tour of Gilcrease Museum’s archival collection with Gilcrease Museum’s new Executive Director, James Pepper Henry, getaways to beautiful vacation homes in Washington, D.C. and Ruidoso, N.M., a tour of Tulsa’s Marshall Brewing Company with founder Eric Marshall, accompanied by a beer tasting and South American cuisine, a nine-course chef’s tasting for 10 with paired wines at Polo Grill, a flower design class for 12 taught by Toni Garner of Toni’s Flowers, and a trout fishing experience at Spring Valley Anglers, a private fishing club in Northwest Arkansas.
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 music from the Shelby Eicher Band. Donations raised during Lots of Love giving at Western Days will go towards a new physical therapy room at Saint Simeon’s. Guests also enjoyed a video highlighting residents, staff, trustees, and family members expressing why “Celebrating Saint Simeon’s – Where Caring Really Matters” was the perfect theme for this year’s event!”
June Patton and David Hogan served as Event Chairs, with Donna and Will Farrior serving as Patron Chairs. Karen and Rick Garren were selected as Honorary Chairs and were celebrated for their long-time volunteerism and support of Saint Simeon’s.
The Pioneer Spirit Award was presented to Saint Simeon’s Resident Jim Dempster. Jim exemplifies the spirit of volunteerism, serving on the Saint Simeon’s Peggy V. Helmerich Library Committee, and also having served as a number of years as a Gillie, Gilcrease Museum’s volunteer program. Jim also started a husbands’ support group for men whose wives were experiencing memory loss issues.
King Wildcatter Underwriting sponsor of Western Days was the H.A. and Mary K. Chapman Charitable Trust. Wildcatter Underwriting sponsors were Phyllis and George Dotson, the E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation, and the Ralph and Frances McGill Foundation.
Oil Baron Presenting Sponsors included gifts from Phyllis and Steve Anderson, The Flint Sisters: Robin Ballenger, Patricia M. Flint, and Susan Flint Seay, and William S. Smith.
Tool Pusher sponsors included an Anonymous donor, Ellen and Don Atkins in memory of Golden Colley, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Edward Konieczny and the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma, the George Kaiser Family Foundation, and WPX Energy.
Driller sponsors were Bank of Oklahoma, John and Lucy Barker, William L. Berry, Barbara and Arlo DeKraai, Don Carlton Honda, The Hille Foundation, Inasmuch Foundation, Kelly and Tony Jezek, Caron and Shawn Lawhorn, Lou and Connie Miller Charitable Foundation, the Jane and Clay Murray Family, ONE Gas, ONEOK, Staghorn Energy, LLC, Charles and Peggy Stephenson Family Foundation, and Trust Company of Oklahoma.