By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2008
The Bixby Community Outreach Center is sponsoring a photo contest for a limited edition “Doors of Bixby” poster. Proceeds will go to area families in need.
Many people in Bixby show their community pride and welcoming spirit with their front doors. “We want to create an artistic, limited edition “Doors of Bixby” poster that helps showcase the spirit in our community,” said Kelley Maricle, executive director of the Bixby Community Outreach Center (BCOC).
“The Doors of Bixby” poster will begin with a photo contest. Door photographs can be residential, corporate or taken at schools, but they must be within the boundaries of the Bixby School District. BCOC is accepting entries April 1 through June 1. Entry fees are $15 per photo for adults and $10 per photo for children ages 17 and under. Entry forms are available at the Bixby Community Outreach Center and various locations throughout the community, including Bixby Public Library, Bancfirst, Zuds Car Wash and Jujax’s. Go online to www.bixbyoc.org for a full list of locations.
The BCOC will invite a panel of judges to select the top 25 photo entries for inclusion into the poster. The winners will receive a copy of the poster in addition to other prizes from community merchants. Framed posters will be auctioned off at luncheons held by the Bixby Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club of Bixby and Optimist Club of Bixby.
Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit local families who come to the BCOC for help. The center provides food, clothing, school supplies and financial assistance for rent, utilities, prescriptions and gasoline. They also offer numerous services and referrals for low-income families in the area, such as job counseling and placement. Since August 2006, the BCOC has distributed 47,153 food items and 9,033 clothing items. They have assisted clients with over $11,000 for utility disconnects, rent evictions and prescriptions. The group works with organizations throughout Bixby to aid community members in need.
For more information regarding the “Doors of Bixby” contest or the programs and services offered by the Bixby Community Outreach Center, contact the office at (918) 366-9226 or visit their website.
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.