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People & Places: Women of the Year honored; Symphony celebrates radio's golden era

People & Places: Women of the Year honored; Symphony celebrates radio's golden era

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March 8 is International Women’s Day, which makes it a fitting time to honor some of Tulsa’s most exemplary women with the annual Women of the Year/Pinnacle Awards.

The awards, jointly sponsored by YWCA-Tulsa and the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women, were created to help elevate the voice of women in society and to honor the contributions that women have made and continue to make that impact all Tulsans.

This year’s event, called “The Pearl Party,” will feature a wine tasting, a silent auction, the awards program and a performance by members of the Cherokee Nation.

This year’s honorees are:

Anna C. Roth Legacy Award: Sharon King Davis, a lifelong leader in business, philanthropy, mentorship and community service

Arts and Humanities: M. Teresa Valero, co-founder and creative director of Third Floor Design, a student-run design studio in the University of Tulsa’s School of Art, and champion of “Citizen Designers”

Corporate/Business/Trade: Jennifer Loren, Emmy Award-winning host and executive producer of “Osiyo: Voices of the Cherokee People”

Community Building: Nelda English, an advocate for education, health and economic development in north Tulsa

Education and Public Service: Kimberly Butler, a senior program officer with the George Kaiser Family Foundation whose focus is on issues relating to maternal and child health in Tulsa

Rising Star: Jordan Noelle-Rene Flippo, founder of Open the World with a Book, an international program that distributes books to children in need

Corporate Champion: Switchgear Search and Recruiting, a leader in women’s growth and empowerment within the workplace

Event details: 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 8, at the Doubletree Downtown Hotel, 616 W. Seventh Ave.

Attire: Cocktail

Sponsors: Patti Johnson Wilson Foundation, the Anne & Henry Zarrow Foundation, Ruth K. Nelson Revocable Trust, Williams, George Kaiser Family Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma, Charles & Lynn Schusterman Foundation, Kathy Taylor, Pipeliners Union 798, Cherokee Nation Businesses

Tickets: $140-$500

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Tune in to Overture

The Signature Symphony at Tulsa Community College will celebrate the “golden age” of radio at its annual Overture gala.

This year’s event will mark the orchestra’s 40th anniversary by hearkening back to the 1940s for an evening complete with big band music, swing dancing, glamorous films and sophisticated fashions.

Overture helps support quality arts entertainment in Tulsa and strengthen Signature Symphony’s music education and community outreach programs.

Event details: 6 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. dinner and program, Saturday, March 9, at the River Spirit Casino Resort, 8330 Riverside Parkway

Tickets: $150

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Brainiac Ball

Family & Children’s Services invites guests to take a step through the metaphorical looking glass and take part in its annual Brainiac Ball.

Step through the looking glass and into Wonderland.

Enjoy an evening of surprises and brain-teasing fun that will include cocktails, dinner, live auction, dancing and team trivia at what is billed as “the smartest soiree in town,” while raising funds for the life-changing programs of Family & Children’s Services.

Event details: 6 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at the Cox Business Center, 100 Civic Center

Tickets: $125-$200

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James D. Watts Jr.


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