By: Deanna Rebro | Category: Other | Issue: January 2010
Heather Duncan, event chairperson, and Katherine Haskell, publicity manager, go over plans for the Junior League of Tulsa’s spring fundraiser, Decadence Rocks – Diamonds and Denim.
It’s a night to wear your flashiest bling or your favorite pair of jeans. Anything goes as the Junior League of Tulsa presents Decadence Rocks – Diamonds and Denim on February 6, 2010 at the Summit Club in downtown Tulsa.
This year’s format is all new and different, according to Heather Duncan, event chairperson. Traditionally the format for the spring fundraiser has been a formal, black-tie gala. “Now there is no pressure to buy a new cocktail dress,” she explains. “If you want to, you are certainly encouraged. But your favorite pair of jeans will be just as appropriate. It’s whatever makes you comfortable.”
Todd Meigs, owner of Meigs Jewelry in Tahlequah, the official jeweler of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, will emcee the event that features a buffet dinner, topped with the most decadent assortment of chocolate desserts. Both a silent and live auction will include lots of lavish Valentine’s gifts, such as spa treatments, gift certificates, designer jeans, fine dining, trips and more. Chances will also be available for a one karat diamond necklace donated by Meigs Jewelry.
The top two floors of the Summit Club will combine the elegance of classical music on a grand piano with the dance music of pop rock trio Admiral Twin. Breathtaking views of the Tulsa skyline and sparkling city lights will surround the diamonds, denim and decadence.
Heather says that by changing the format this year, they hope to open the door to more ladies who are interested in providing service to others. The Junior League is an all volunteer nonprofit organization dedicated to training women for volunteerism. The purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. Women of all ages work harmoniously side by side to learn skill sets to manage and organize projects that benefit other nonprofit organizations.
Current community projects include The Children’s Hospital at St. Francis Family Resource Library, Community Schools – Global Gardens, Resonance Center for Women’s Career Services Program, Laura Dester Children’s Shelter, IMPACT and JLT Founders’ Scholarship.
Many members have gone on to join Boards of Tulsa nonprofits such as the Ronald McDonald House and Family and Children’s Services. Others have achieved professional advancements because of their experience with the organization.
Today’s accomplishments would not be possible without the efforts put forth by the women who shaped Tulsa’s Junior League, which now includes over 800 active and sustaining members. A special tribute will honor past presidents of the Junior League, commending them for all they accomplished in service to the Junior League and continue to achieve in their ongoing volunteer efforts. This year's committee is especially grateful for the assistance of Deborah Luthey, 1996-97 President Emeritus, and India Carter, Sustainer Liaisons. Other committee members are Chair Heather Duncan, Vice-Chair Sutton Murray, Tai Allen, Stephanie Battle, Katie Burkett, Kalan Chapman, Ashley Cunningham, Millicent Hughes, Melissa Mackey, Tishey Miller, Nicole Pearce, Sharron Pettiford, Lesley Richer, Adria Sanditen, Emily Turner and Brooke Weaver.
Whether you want to be glamorous or casually comfortable, the evening provides the perfect opportunity for past, present and future members to come together to get acquainted or reacquainted with the common goal of building a better community.
As an added benefit, this year’s ticket prices have been greatly reduced. Individual tickets for Decadence Rocks – Diamonds and Denim are $75 each. Patron sponsorships have been reduced to $500 per table of six reserved seating. Call the Junior League office at (918) 663-6100 or visit their website at www.JLTulsa.org.
Deanna Rebro has worked in the publishing industry 30+ years, including eight years writing for Value News. She has also worked in real estate for the past six years. Deanna graduated from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio with a B.A. in Journalism. Outside of work, she serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for Pet Adoption League. “Every story I write is a learning experience,” she said.