By: Shelly Robinson | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2008
(L to R): Barbara Barnes, Owasso High School Choir Director Mindy Bettridge, Pat Simmons, Kari Austin, Stacy Spriggs, Kristi Gatton, Jalinda Hogan and Kristi Leverenz.
April 19 was an exquisite night for those gathered at Old Central to support the Arts and Humanities Council of Owasso (AHCO). With the gala theme “A Night in the Orient,” the surroundings assumed an exotic look, and the Owasso community arrived on the scene in grand style.
The Owasso High School Choir was presented with a check for $5,000 from AHCO for their upcoming trip to Carnegie Hall. Urgent Care of Green Country presented a $5,000 check to AHCO for the continuance of their art and humanities education programs. Everyone was in a festive mood as the generous checks were presented.
“It was an evening of oriental flair as people came together for delicious food, great music and superb fundraising. It is the support of our sponsors that allows us to do what we do,” said Kristi Leverenz, president of the AHCO. “Making art and its awareness a priority for the citizens and youth of Owasso is our goal.”
Kristi Gatton, vice president of AHCO, agreed with Leverenz. “We are excited about the increasing awareness and support of music and art programs within our community,” she said.
Emcee Chera Kimiko and Greg Simmons led the live auction.
The event raised more than $40,000 to support arts programs in the Owasso community.
AHCO is pleased to announce that Art in the Park, a free concert series, has moved to Thursday nights. The concerts will be held at the Gazebo in Owasso during June and July from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
June 12 will feature the Owasso Community Band, and June 26 will showcase Something Steel. A gospel night will be held July 10, with entertainment provided by local churches. The summer series will conclude July 24 with the Groove Merchants, who provided fabulous music for the Timmy and Cindy Gala.
A variety of food vendors will be on hand at the concerts, including Chick-fil-A, Harden’s Hamburgers, Lone Star Steakhouse and Jolly Trolley Sno Cones. Putt & Jump Party Company will provide an inflatable jumper, and free children’s games will be provided by Target. Bring your lawn chairs or spread a blanket, and enjoy these special summer nights with your family and Owasso neighbors.
Pat Simmons had the winning bid for “flowers for a year,” donated by Art in Bloom.
The Groove Merchants performed as Frosty and Gayla Turpen danced along.