By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2009
The women of Community Footprints, (L to R) Jody Humphrey, Kayla Puckett, Karen Rebele and Amy Tingleaf, welcome you to an evening of Hollywood decadence on Saturday, November 7.
Imagine sauntering down the red carpet in your best evening wear, posing for the paparazzi’s flashing cameras. You cross the threshold into a room filled with live music and glamorous celebrity look-alikes. Next, cocktail in hand, you sample the delicious hors d’oeuvres and mingle with all the stunning people. As the evening progresses, you enjoy dinner, music, drama, dancing and a live and silent auction. If you don’t think you’ll ever make it to a night like this in Tinseltown, attend one in Owasso instead! Hollywood & Dine, presented by Community Footprints, will take place Saturday, November 7 to benefit the Owasso Public Library.
“Guests are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite Hollywood character, but it is not required,” said Amy Tingleaf of Community Footprints. “And they should expect some surprises from community members, who will be stepping out in style.”
Community Footprints is an organization dedicated to raising funds for local organizations, charities and causes in order to truly make a difference. The four women who form the group – Jody Humphrey, Kayla Puckett, Karen Rebele and Amy Tingleaf – are Owasso residents with a passion for helping the community. “We have all been friends over the years, and now we get to bring our unique talents together to plan events to help the community,” said Kayla Puckett. Last year, Community Footprints organized a hugely successful fashion show benefiting Owasso Meals on Wheels; they raised enough money to provide 4,195 meals to area residents.
Hollywood & Dine kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with drinks, hors d’oeuvres and music provided by Nicole Biggs, who will be performing a medley of Hollywood-themed songs on a Yamaha grand piano provided by Saied Music Company. While making the rounds, attendees can enjoy a Scholastic book fair, as well as face-to-face interaction with brother and sister authors Larry Yadon and Cheryl Forrest, who will be selling and autographing their books.
Entertainment for the evening will include dramatic theater, a live band and dancing. Guests will also delight in a delicious sit-down dinner.
The live and silent auctions will feature items even the most famous of celebrities would love: a Kristal Limousine tour of three to four Oklahoma vineyards for you and eight wine-loving friends, a dinner for eight at Bonefish Grill, complete with a private menu, a portrait sitting at Petersen’s Photography, tickets to the Tulsa Symphony, OU and OSU signed sports memorabilia, and much more. “We have some wonderful items that guests are really going to love,” said Karen Rebele. “For example, you can bid on the opportunity for your daughter to dance with the OSU pom squad at a non-conference game, or win a custom-designed gown from Project Runway’s Johnathan Kayne.” Lori Fullbright from KOTV will serve as emcee.
The evening of glitz and glamour is all for a great cause, with proceeds benefiting the Owasso Public Library. Community Footprints’ goals include expanding the library’s collection of children’s books, purchasing books for underprivileged children through the Food4Kids organization, providing funding for the 2010 summer reading program, and providing furnishings for the children’s area at the library. “We did a lot of research on children’s literacy issues, and found it to be an extremely important cause to support,” said Jody Humphrey. “The development of literacy skills with books and stories in the early childhood years is critically linked to a child’s success in learning to read.”
The women of Community Footprints also encourage everyone to attend Chick-fil-A Spirit Day on Thursday, October 15 at the Chick-fil-A in Owasso. The company will donate 15 percent of their profits for the day to the Owasso Public Library. (Be sure to let employees know you’re there for Spirit Day.)
Hollywood & Dine, sponsored by both Bailey Educational Foundation and Bailey Medical Center, will take place Saturday, November 7 on the campus of Bailey Medical Center at 106th and Garnett. Additional sponsors include First Bank of Owasso and AEP/PSO, and volunteers and donations were provided by Target and Kohl’s. Tickets are $50 per person. Tables are also available for purchase. Call Community Footprints at (918) 274-8002 or email eat0@eau0eav0eaw0 for more information – or you may purchase your tickets at First Bank of Owasso and Surceé Gifts & Décor.
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.