The Tulsa chapter of the Association for Women in Communications will honor three Tulsans at its 46th annual Newsmakers Award at a luncheon Wednesday, May 1, at Southern Hills Country Club.
This year’s honorees are Teresa Knox, entrepreneur and founder of Community HigherEd; Marina Metevelis, Tulsa’s own Rosie the Riveter, historian and longest-serving Tulsa Community College employee; and Mimi Tarrasch, chief program officer for Family & Children’s Services Women in Recovery.
AWC will also present two Rising Star Communicator scholarships to students pursuing communications degrees.
Knox has contributed to Tulsa’s music legacy and tourism through the revitalization of the historic Church Studio, the recording studio and home office to Leon Russell’s Shelter Records, and through her purchase and restoration of Harwelden Mansion and plans to reopen it this year as a premier event location and bed and breakfast. The Mansion will open to the public Thursday, May 2, as the site of the annual Designer Showcase before beginning to accept guests June 1.
At age 96, Metevelis was selected as one of four veterans to lead the 2018 Tulsa Veteran’s Day parade, “100 Years of Honor and Service.” She is Tulsa’s own “Rosie the Riveter,” who built warplanes during World War II and one of only three original still living.
She also is one of the original employees of what is now Tulsa Community College, working there for more than 45 years.
Ten years ago, Tarrasch and the George Kaiser Family Foundation started Family & Children’s Services (F&CS) Women in Recovery, a program that provides an alternative to incarceration for women facing long-term prison sentences. Tarrasch has been part of the senior management team at F&CS for more than 20 years and has led the development of the agency’s early childhood division and managed numerous programs and special projects.
Proceeds from the Newsmakers luncheon provide Rising Star Communicator scholarships to students pursuing communications degrees and purchase a book for each Anderson Elementary School student. The event is sold out.
James D. Watts Jr.