By: Value News | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2007
Guests enjoy a past Tulsa Boys’ Home Run for the Roses event.
Excitement is high as horseracing fans and Tulsa Boys’ Home supporters sign up for the Third Annual Run for the Roses fundraising event. Set for Saturday, May 5, from 1 to 5:30 p.m. at the Tulsa Fairgrounds Pavilion, guests will once again enjoy the sights and sounds of the running of the 133nd Kentucky Derby.
Founded in 1918, Tulsa Boys’ Home was the first boys’ home in Oklahoma, and it remains among the largest. A United Way agency, the organization helps abused, neglected or troubled boys from 11 to 18 years of age, most coming from Tulsa and surrounding communities. It has served more than 11,000 boys and their families in its 88-year history.
This year’s Run for the Roses guests will watch a simulcast of the races at Churchill Downs on giant screens and may place bets on all of the afternoon races, including the Kentucky Derby. Great food and drinks, including mint juleps, and an exciting live auction with several horses will make this party a hit once again. For the first time, the silent auction will be held online beginning April 5 at www.tulsaboyshome.cmarket.com. Derby attire is encouraged, and the Pavilion will be decorated with Derby sass and style, along with thousands of roses.
“We invite everyone who loves the Kentucky Derby and has a heart for helping troubled boys to join us for this fun and exciting event, as well as the online auction,” says Tulsa Boys’ Home Executive Director, Gregg Conway.
Sponsors of the event include Tom and Barbara Naugle, SemGroup and Value Family Properties. Joe and Darcey Moran will chair this year’s event, and patron co-chairmen include Stephanie and Danny Christner, Barbara and Tom Naugle, Ronda and Mike Robertson, Carol and Mike Henry, Ray Tullius, Jack Allen, Gloria Kelley and Twila Flynn.
Proceeds from Run for the Roses will help pay for food, clothing and many other daily living expenses for the boys served by Tulsa Boys’ Home. To help sponsor the Run for the Roses, please contact Gregg Conway at (918) 245-0231, extension 5022. For ticket information and reservations, call extension 5055 or go to www.tulsaboyshome.org.
Also featured in May is the 27th Annual Tulsa Boys’ Home Golf Classic. The event, which tees off at the Oaks Country Club on Monday, May 14, is one of the oldest charity tournaments in Tulsa and is open for golfers of all skill levels.
The tournament features the player-friendly scramble format, using a blind handicap. Prizes will be offered for the top three places in four flights in both the morning and afternoon events. All participants will be given a Cutter & Buck golf shirt.
Frank Rhoades, former chairman of the Tulsa Boys’ Home Board of Directors, is the chairman of the event. He has been chairing this successful tournament for more than 14 years.
“This year marks the 27th year that Tulsa Boys’ Home has hosted a golf tournament as one of its major fundraisers,” says Rhoades. “This tells me two things. First, the Tulsa community continues to support our boys. Second, they enjoy this particular tournament and have helped it grow into one of the biggest and most fun golf events in the city. More than a quarter of a century is a long run for an event like this, but I can see it continuing for many years to come. If you’ve never played, maybe this should be the year you tee up.”
Current sponsors include St. Mary Land and Exploration Company, the John W. and Jerry E. Marshall Foundation, R. B. Snow Charitable Foundation, Naugle and Company, The Unlaub Company, A.G. Equipment, MidFirst Bank, The Rhoades Foundation, Wachovia Securities, IBC Bank, Bank of Oklahoma, Magellan Midstream Partnership, Oral Roberts University, Chapman Exploration, St. Francis Health System, Armstrong Hearing Aid Center, Stan Johnson Company, Frank & Trisha McDonald Charitable Foundation and Barrow & Grimm P.C.
Golf Classic sponsorships and team registration are available by contacting Rhoades at 494-3909 or by email at eat0@eau0eav0eaw0. For more information about Tulsa Boys’ Home, call 245-0231 or visit the organization online at www.tulsaboyshome.org.