By: Christopher Davis | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2013
Join former Tulsa mayor Kathy Taylor and other Tulsa celebrities at VIP Night in support of the Tulsa Greek Festival
Tonya Van Zandt Boone, chair of VIP Night, invites business and private donors to mark their calendars for Sunday, September 15 for a special night to honor supporters of the 53rd annual Tulsa Greek Festival.
VIP Night supports Tulsa Greek Festival, the oldest and longest-running ethnic festival in Tulsa. Hosted by Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, the festival is well known as a three-day celebration of all things Greek. Greek cuisine and jewelry, music and dancing, kids’ activities, and more will fill the weekend of September 19-21. The Tulsa Greek Festival is a nonprofit organization that supports a variety of initiatives, partnering with John 3:16, Special Olympics, Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless, Iron Gate Community and many others. This year, 10 percent of the proceeds from VIP Night will also support Camp Agape NW – an organization that provides camp experiences for kids with cancer and their families.
“Camp Agape acknowledges that families sacrifice a great deal, too, and it is important to support everyone during such a difficult time,” explains Tonya, who has been involved with the Tulsa Greek Festival for over 20 years. “I am very pleased to be able to help support such a wonderful project this year, and we are excited that this year’s VIP Night will build on the success of last year.”
The 2013 VIP Night promises to be exciting, indeed. Bringing a formal dining experience together with the fun and excitement of a Greek menu, the evening has even more in store for sponsors and donors than last year. Guests will enjoy an evening of Greek music, dancing, drink and food, including saganaki – a fried cheese dish that is flambéed to shouts of “Opa!”
Tonya and organizers have been busy with finishing touches and final details, and are excited about some of the surprises in store this year. An auction will round out the fundraiser, featuring a week in Santa Fe, a trip to hunt elk in New Mexico, and a fly fishing vacation in Montana. And, building upon celebrity appearances at last year’s VIP Night, this year’s event will feature celebrity tables. A limited number of premium seats are available, so guests may reserve a seat to share a table with Tulsa celebrities. This year’s appearances include KTUL’s Kristin Dickerson and former mayor Kathy Taylor, and more are being added as September schedules come into focus.
If all of this sounds like a great night out, then hurry to reserve your seats, as organizers do anticipate the event selling out. Amazing Greek food and wine, dancing and song, jubilant cheers of “Opa!” filling the air, opportunities to bid on lavish getaways and more – all while rubbing elbows with Tulsa’s elite and supporting the oldest ethnic festival around – what could be better? There are a variety of sponsor levels to suit every desired level of support. For more information, visit www.tulsagreekfestival.com or contact Tonya Van Zandt Boone at eat0@eau0eav0eaw0.
Christopher Davis is an educator and musician, as well as a writer. A California native, he resides in Tulsa with his wife, two sons and a modest menagerie of pets. When he isn't inspiring young minds, you will most likely find him spending time with his family or playing drums and percussion with Project Huckleberry or the Movetet. In addition to Value News, Davis also writes for Currentland. You can view his work at https://seedavis.wordpress.com.
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