TULSA, Okla. – Family & Children’s Services trivia and auction night, Brainiac Ball, raised more than a half million dollars for Tulsans in need, a record amount in the event’s 12-year history. (CLICK HERE TO VIEW EVENT PHOTOS)
The ball, which took place May 30 at the Cox Business Center in downtown, raised $611,965, 10 percent increase over 2014’s event. More than 620 people attended the event, which included a trivia competition and auction items ranging from VIP Oklahoma City Thunder tickets to luxurious getaways and other unique experiences.
“The importance of the work we do, along with the generosity of our donors, makes for a record-breaking event,” said F&CS Development Director Susan McCalman. “Our volunteers, led by chairs Marianne Ballard and Jennifer Cooper, worked so hard to make the evening very special and fun. We have the best supporters in Tulsa.”
Preceding the successful event was another record-breaking F&CS fundraiser, the White Party, which on May 1 raised $100,000 for Tulsans in need.
Eighty organizations and individuals sponsored Brainiac Ball. Sponsors include Cyclonic Valve, John W. and Jerry E. Marshall Foundation; Marjo and Robert Burk; The Vineyard on Memorial; Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation; George Kaiser Family Foundation; Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation; Frederic Dorwart, Lawyers; Mervin Bovaird Foundation; Ruth Nelson; Tina and Lance Parkhill; Denise and John Redmond; Apache Corp.; Arvest Bank; BancFirst; Bank of America Corp.; Commerce Bank; CommunityCare; Deloitte; Donna and Gary Dundee; Hall Estill Attorneys at Law; the Helmerich family; Joseph and Virginia Dibert Foundation; Kathy S. Craft Foundation; Laura and Max Mantooth; Ralph and Frances McGill Foundation; Gary and Anita Rathburn; Saint Francis Health System; Statewide General Agency Inc.; the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation; The Oxley Foundation; Bob and Jill Thomas; Vicki Vaniman and Zarrow Families Foundation.
Other sponsors include AmerisourceBergen Corp.; BOK Financial Corp.; BKD LLP; BlueStone Natural Resources; CloseBend; Carey and Mike Cole; Conner & Winters LLP; Cox Communications; J.W. and Mollie Craft; Fritz Baily Architects; Kristie and Roy Grossman; Hardesty Family Foundation; Helmerich & Payne Inc.; Hilti Inc.; The Holmes Organisation; Jackie Cooper Imports; Kinslow, Keith & Todd; Mabrey Bank; McAfee & Taft/The Radford Company; Mutual of America Life Insurance Co.; Nabholz Construction; Oakridge Builders; RNDC of Oklahoma; Sanditen Cos.; SemGroup Corp.; Sisk Chartiable Trust; U.S. Pioneer Inc. and WPX Energy.
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