By: Jim Butcher | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: January 2015
Providing leadership for The Junior League of Tulsa’s Moonlight in Morocco fundraiser are (L to R): Jenny Miller (vice-chair for marketing), Erica Greenfield (vice-chair of sponsorship), Ashlee Lowry (co-chair), Lindsay Hunter (co-chair), and Vicki Wright (vice-chair for auction). Not pictured: Gretchen Weakley (vice-chair).
The Junior League of Tulsa (JLT) will be honoring one of the community’s brightest jewels at its annual fundraising dinner celebration on February 28 at the Cox Business Center in downtown Tulsa.
“Moonlight in Morocco” is a black tie event that will recognize Joan Stauffer’s service to the Tulsa community, a JLT member for more than 50 years. She served as The League’s president from 1970-1971, and used her early experiences with JLT as a foundation for a life dedicated to community service and the arts, according to co-chair Lindsay Hunter.
“JLT’s partnership with Gilcrease Museum, under Joan’s leadership, was instrumental in creating the Gillies docent program at Gilcrease,” said Ashlee Lowry, co-chair. “Joan penned the book ‘Behind Every Man’ about Nancy Russell after working closely with Charlie Russell’s collection at Gilcrease.”
“We hope you will join us to celebrate Joan’s indelible mark on our community,” said Jenny Miller, vice-chair for marketing. Guests, thanks to JLT’s members volunteering hundreds of hours to plan and prepare for this annual event, will be transported into a fairytale filled with mystery and magic, romance and revelry, camels and tents, excitement and color. All traditional gala elements will be present with a Moroccan twist. “Our party is inspired by the rich culture and vibrancy of Morocco with fabulous food, an exciting raffle, live and silent auction items, and an after party featuring live music and casino-style games,” said Miller. “We invite you to join our Moroccan adventure by becoming a sponsor for Moonlight in Morocco. We anticipate more than 400 guests at this year’s gala as we seek to raise funds for our more than 25 community projects.”
For 91 years, The Junior League of Tulsa has been providing volunteer leadership to more than 100 community projects. Support as a sponsor helps JLT fulfill its mission of developing the potential of women, promoting volunteerism and improving our community.
The heart of JLT is its membership of 709, committed to building a better Tulsa by ending the cycle of poverty through hands-on education and community-based programs. Erica Greenfield, vice chair of sponsorships, said the event sold out last year. “We expect to have record attendance again this year. Sponsorships offer a variety of different ways to provide support. Talk to us about sponsorship levels and see what best suits you. Be a sponsor and add some sparkle to the Moroccan gala.”
Moonlight in Morocco exceeds expectations in every way, Miller said. Tickets to the formal dinner and auction are $125 per person and include access to the after party. After party tickets are $50 per person. The gala begins at 7 p.m., and the After Party at 9 p.m. “Every level of support and generosity helps The Junior League of Tulsa make an impact within our community, and we hope that you will consider one or more of these options,” Miller added.
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Jim Butcher is a retired, award-winning newspaperman who continues to write as a freelance writer and photographer. He owned the Tulsa Front Page weekly and was executive editor to Neighbor Newspapers' 13 metro newspapers. Currently, he writes for Value News and has become a paid assignment screenwriter, along with a University of Oklahoma professor who wrote Brad Pitt's first feature film. His award-winning screenplay is on the historical Osage Indian Murders of the 1920s.