A night of trivia, food and fun awaits at the ninth annual Brainiac Ball on June 2, 2012. Known as the “smartest soiree in Tulsa,” Brainiac Ball has a new venue this year – a spacious, air-conditioned tent on the campus of  the Sarah and John Graves Center at Family & Children’s Services, 2325 S. Harvard. The event kicks off at 6 p.m. with cocktails and a tour of the building, followed by dinner  at 7:15, and team trivia and a live auction beginning at 8 p.m.


“The Brainiac Ball is one of Tulsa’s most anticipated and successful events,” said CEO of F&CS Gail Lapidus. “The atmosphere is fun, competitive and relaxed all at the same time. Guests love the team trivia challenge, and knowing the event directly helps those in need makes it that much more enjoyable.”


Event proceeds will help F&CS continue to offer life-changing behavioral health services to children who have been abused or traumatized, families in crisis, and individuals battling mental illness and addiction.


Last year’s event raised a record $408,000 for F&CS. This year, the organization hopes to break the $410,000 threshold with assistance from the Charles & Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. During “Bids for Kids,” the foundation will match Brainiacs’ donations, dollar for dollar, so individual donations will go twice as far to help children in crisis.


“During the Brainiac Ball ‘Bids for Kids,’ our foundation will be pleased to match the pledges of any donor willing to join us in supporting the important work of Family & Children’s Services in strengthening the well-being and mental health of at risk kids,” said Lynn Schusterman.


Tickets for the event are $125 for individuals and $1250 for a table of 10. (CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE TICKET INFORMATION)Various levels of sponsorships are still available.  For information contact Marydith Morgan 918-560-1113 or mmorgan@fcsok.org.



The live auction features prizes for every type of bidder, from pet lovers to adventurers, foodies to fashionistas:


Travel and Adventure Packages

  • Luxury trip to Montreal, Quebec
  • VIP California Wine Experience
  • Flight in a restored 1941World War II fighter plane courtesy of Espo Fire & Water Restoration
  • First-row tickets to an Oklahoma City Thunder game courtesy of Marjo and Bob Burke


To Please Your Palate:

  • A case each of Far Niente Chardonnay and Cabernet
  • Gourmet dinner prepared by Fleming’s Steakhouse hosted in the home of Laura and Max Mantooth
  • Beer dinner for 12 hosted by Elliott Nelson at The Tavern


Fur, Fun and Fashion

  • Golden Retriever puppy from Heart of Gold Retrievers
  • Bracelet by designer David Yurman courtesy of Bruce G. Weber
  • Sheared mink stroller from Miss Jackson’s Fur Salon


In addition to the live auction, the Brainiac Ball will also hold its first-ever online auction. The auction opens at 9 a.m. May 21 and closes June 3 at 10 p.m. with an exciting assortment of dining and sports experiences as well as home décor and antiques. A few items available online include an antique lead crystal chandelier, an evening’s rental of the historic Harwelden Mansion and a round of golf for four at the Patriot Golf Club. 


The presenting sponsor for this year’s Brainiac Ball is Cyclonic Valve. Genius sponsors are George Kaiser Family Foundation, Charles & Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation and Williams. Merit sponsors are Bette and Michael Graves and Ruth K. Nelson Trust. Tent sponsor is Denise and John Redmond. Valedictorian sponsors are Bank of America, Erin and Don Chappel, Bryan Close, Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Frederic Dorwart, Lawyers; Hogan Taylor LLP, Laura and Max Mantooth, Qdoba Mexican Grill, Ralph and Frances McGill Foundation, T.D. Williamson, Inc., the Walton Family Foundation, WPX Energy and Zarrow Families Foundation.