Run for the Roses

The 9th annual fundraiser benefiting Tulsa Boys’ Home will be held Saturday, May 4 at the Pavilion at Expo Square.

By: Kyle Johnston | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2013

Katie Lefler and Mandy Smith dress up for the fundraiser’s hat contest.

Katie Lefler and Mandy Smith dress up for the fundraiser’s hat contest.

Spring has sprung and ­excitement is in the air as Tulsa Boys’ Home prepares for its 9th annual Run for the Roses, a Kentucky Derby party. All ­proceeds benefit Tulsa Boys’ Home to support troubled Oklahoma boys. Staff expects nothing short of a thrilling, sold out extravaganza for the 2013 main event.

    The Run for the Roses gala and auction is slated for Saturday, May 4 from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the beautiful Pavilion at Expo Square. As one of Oklahoma’s oldest residential treatment facilities, Tulsa Boys’ Home has graciously benefited from outstanding community support. Now celebrating its 95th year helping Oklahoma boys suffering from mental, behavioral, emotional, and ­substance abuse problems, they are proud to return the favor with an exquisite toast to Tulsans in one great afternoon.

    Table reservations of eight guests are available for $1,200. Individual reservations are $175. This event will undoubtedly sell out, as it has done for several years. For ticket information, please visit

    Guests will enjoy savory food, more than a hundred ­enticing silent and live auction items, and horse races simulcast live from Churchill Downs on Jumbotron TV screens. Ladies wear Derby Day hats and the charming dresses typical of the Kentucky Derby style, while men wear everything from colorful Hawaiian shirts to three-piece suits.

    The renowned Art Deco Pavilion will be decorated with Derby style regalia featuring thousands of beautiful, fresh red roses. More than a dozen ­exciting items will be up for bid in the live auction – including some of the young colts born at Tulsa Boys’ Home. Guests may also place bets on all of the ­afternoon Kentucky Derby horse races courtesy of the Fair Meadows Racetrack staff.

    Several levels of sponsorship are available that include: Jockey Club ($1,500), Preakness ($2,500), Belmont Stakes ($5,000), Kentucky Derby ($10,000), Winner’s Circle ($15,000), Breeder’s Cup ($25,000), Triple Crown ($50,000), and Presenting Sponsor ($100,000). Each level of sponsorship offers benefits for the individual, company, or ­foundation that participates, including VIP parking, ­promotional advertisement, and of course tickets to the big event.

    For reservations, please ­contact Lucy Willis at (918) 245-0231 ext. 5055, or eat0@eau0eav0eaw0. For ­sponsorship information, contact Linda Diaz at (918) 245-0231 ext. 1003, or eat1@eau1eav1eaw1. Photos from previous Run for the Roses fundraisers may be viewed at

     Tulsa Boys’ Home was founded in 1918 as the first boys’ home in Oklahoma. The ­residential treatment facility helps 11 to 18 year old boys with emotional, behavioral, and ­substance abuse problems, and serves about 180 boys each year. It is a United Way Partner Agency located in West Tulsa County on 160 acres at 2727 S. 137th W. Ave. in Sand Springs.

For more information, contact

Tulsa Boys’ Home

(918) 245-0231

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