Time to get your thinking cap on! The tenth annual Brainiac Ball benefiting Family & Children’s Services is just around the corner.
Brainiac Ball kicks off at 6 p.m. June 1 in the Tulsa Convention Center ballroom. Event co-chairs Jennifer Johnson and Laura Revella invite know-it-alls and party animals alike to attend the “smart casual” soiree.
A lively team trivia event is a perennial highlight of Brainiac Ball. This year’s challenge, hosted by local genius Josh Richey of Live Event Trivia, is sure to entertain and challenge the 2012 championship team from ARVEST Bank and others looking to match wits for a good cause.
Brainiac Ball also features a fun wine toss, a Moody’s “Flash Your Bling” raffle, a crazy hat contest, an online auction opening May 17 and an impressive live auction. A few of the premier packages up for bid in the live auction include: an elite golf package with rounds at Southern Hills Country Club, The Patriot Golf Club and Karsten Creek; a gorgeous, 6-week-old Goldendoodle puppy; a best of Brady district package featuring a three-course meal at the vibrant new Arts & Humanities Hardesty Arts Center, cases of coveted Far Niente Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, a progressive shopping party and several dream vacations.
New this year to Brainiac Ball is the “Best of Live” raffle. Family & Children’s Services will sell only 250 “Best of Live” raffle tickets; one winning ticket will be selected at random on May 28. The winner will get a live auction item of his choosing. Individuals need not be present at Brainiac Ball to participate in the “Best of Live” raffle, and tickets are available for $50 each.
Nearly 550 guests attended last year’s Brainiac Ball, raising $435,000 to heal abused children, strengthen families in crisis, and set individuals battling mental illness and addiction on the path to recovery. Family & Children’s Services hopes to raise more than a half-million dollars at this year’s event.
Members of the Brainiac Ball committee include Jennifer Cooper, Marianne Ballard, Denise Redmond, Julee Thomas, Elizabeth King, Mary Sherwood, Marjo Burk, Mary Husband, Sara Dale, Marty Hutton, Jenny Kinzie, Dana Linner, Andrea Siegler, Mary Grossi, Patty Heckenkemper, Ann Pettus, Carey Cole, Tina Parkhill, Laura Mantooth, Pam St. Clair, Saletha Fuller, Celeste Davis, Mary Morrell, Vicki Casey, Sheri Colpitt, Joan Robson, Mary Fox and Teresa Slagle.
The presenting sponsor of Brainiac Ball is Cyclonic Valve Company, Inc. Genius sponsors are Bette and Michael L. Graves, George Kaiser Family Foundation, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, and Williams. Merit scholars include Apache Corporation, Ruth Nelson and Tom Murphy, and Sisk Trust. Valedictorian sponsors are BancFirst, Bank of America, Erin and Don Chappel, Commerce Bancshares Foundation, Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Frederic Dorwart, Lawyers; Hall, Estill; The Helmerich Trust, HILTI, Laura and Max Mantooth, Ralph and Frances McGill Foundation, Monica Murray, Statewide General Agency, Inc.; Vicki J. Vaniman, T.D. Williamson, Inc.; WPX Energy and Zarrow Families Foundation.