By: Joshua Danker-Dake | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2011
George Takei, the original Star Trek’s Mr. Sulu, will headline Tulsa’s Trek Expo. He will also attend Supper with the Stars, benefitting Tulsa Boys’ Home.
Trek Expo, the Southwest’s premiere annual sci-fi event, returns Friday, June 24 through Sunday, June 26 at John Q. Hammons Arena at the UMAC (6836 S. Mingo). At this convention, you can meet, greet, get autographs from and take photos with actors from some of your favorite science fiction films and TV shows, as well as peruse thousands of TV, movie and music collectibles, plus much more. This year’s event is headlined by George Takei, the original Star Trek’s Mr. Sulu.
John Harper, founder of Trek Expo and owner of the local comic book store Starbase 21, passed away this February from cancer. Trek Expo, says his wife Audree, is his legacy, and the event will continue. “We are also in the process of going totally not-for-profit in his honor,” she says.
One of the highlights of Trek Expo is the annual Supper with the Stars, benefitting the Tulsa Boys’ Home. Here, you have a chance to sit and dine with many of Trek Expo’s celebrity guests. This year’s Supper with the Stars, which is also held at the UMAC, is Saturday, June 25, beginning at 7 p.m. Dinner will be catered by Johnny Carino’s. Tickets are $25, and all proceeds from Supper with the Stars will benefit the Tulsa Boys’ Home. For information on Supper with the Stars, please contact Starbase 21 at (918) 369-0650 or email eat0@eau0eav0eaw0.
The Tulsa Boys’ Home, a non-profit organization founded in 1918, is Oklahoma’s first and largest facility that serves troubled boys. TBH provides residential treatment for area boys with mental health, behavioral, and substance abuse issues. These residents are not typically able to function under a lower level of care (such as at home or with a foster family), and require more supervision and treatment.
TBH’s treatment approach, the “relationship healing model,” provides opportunities for residents and their families to move forward through the healing process. The underlying premise of the Tulsa Boys’ Home’s treatment model is that many emotional and behavioral problems are caused by painful past events and difficult relationships, and that behavior that is positively reinforced is likely to be repeated. TBH serves dozens of boys each year. For more information about the Tulsa Boys’ Home, contact Michael Lail at (918) 245-0231, ext. 5006 or eat1@eau1eav1eaw1. You can also visit their website at www.tulsaboyshome.org.
At this year’s Supper with the Stars dinner, entertainment will be provided by actress Daphne Ashbrook, who has appeared in “Dr. Who” and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.” Many more of the Trek Expo celebrity guests will be in attendance. Every guest has been invited, and those who have accepted thus far include Takei, Christopher Judge (“Stargate: SG1”), Jewel Staite (“Firefly,” “Stargate: Atlantis”), Gil Gerard, Erin Gray, Felix Silla, and Thom Christopher (“Buck Rogers”), Richard Keil (“James Bond”), Cindy Picket (“Sleepwalkers,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”), and Garrett Wang (“Star Trek: Voyager”). Many of these guests will be sitting among the attendees.
2011 Trek Expo guests will include those attending the Supper with the Stars dinner as well as Armin Shimerman and Max Grodenchik (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”), Ray Park (“X-Men,” “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace”), Tia Carrere (“Relic Hunter,” “Lilo & Stitch,” “True Lies”), and Herb Jefferson (the original “Battlestar Galactica”).
Trek Expo runs Friday, June 24 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, June 25 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, June 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the John Q. Hammons Arena at the UMAC, 6836 S. Mingo. Tickets can be purchased at Starbase 21, 8125 E. 51st St. in Tulsa. For more information or an event schedule, visit www.trekexpo.net.