Madison Nees, left, congratulates honoree Tara Cone after Cone is recognized for her exemplary leadership in Tulsa's business and nonprofit communities.
As the guests entered the lobby of the Crowne Plaza Hotel for the Sooner Chapter’s annual Tulsa’s Twenty New Leaders dinner, they were greeted with an impressive display: floor-to-ceiling gold podiums, a giant crystal chandelier and three beautiful models directing them to the ballroom. This was only the opening act of an extraordinary night of fund-raising for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Nominated by members of the event’s committee, the Tulsa Twenty agreed to raise at least $3,500 in the two months prior to the dinner. All 20 met or exceeded this goal through strong letter-writing campaigns and by reaching out to their employers for support. For their outstanding dedication, Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry delivered a proclamation on behalf of the Tulsa Twenty, and the Sooner Chapter honored them with a plaque of appreciation.
Following the awards ceremony, popular jazz and reggae band Full Flava Kings got the crowd to its feet. Another event highlight was the auction, which featured a NASCAR trip, a Las Vegas getaway package and a suite for 16 at the New Busch Stadium to cheer on the St. Louis Cardinals.
Double-lung transplant recipient Valerie Vandervort moved guests with a compelling Bid for a Cure speech. Describing her amazing 34-year journey with CF, she spoke of the trials of extreme coughing fits and the wonder of receiving her new lungs and being able to breathe again. Vandervort ended by asking the audience one straightforward question: “If any of your family members were diagnosed with CF today, wouldn’t you want to do everything in your power to fund research for a cure?” For guests of the Tulsa dinner, who raised $130,000, the answer was clearly a resounding yes.
Save the date, spread the word, start brainstorming... It's time to think GREAT STRIDES 2007!
Mark the weekend of May 19-20, 2007 on your calendar today. It's not too early to begin thinking about new ways to rev up your GREAT STRIDES events and ensure that 2007 is another record-breaking year for fund-raising on behalf of CF research.
The CF Foundation is proud to thank all who participated in GREAT STRIDES 2006. Your tremendous efforts take us closer to a cure. Special thanks to Outstanding Corporate Partner American Airlines® and National Corporate Partner Solvay Pharmaceuticals for their longstanding support.