Thursday, September 30, 2010

Exciting Events @The Citadel

Just got some exciting updates from The Tulsa Citadel.  Not only do they offer numerous opportunities for praise and worship, but they always have exciting events going on.  Stop by, see what they are about and support some worthy causes!  The Tulsa Citadel is located in the Heart of Midtown!  31st and New Haven area at 3901 E 28th St Tulsa OK  74114

Spaghetti Dinner - TOMORROW!
Friday, October 1 6:30 pm Women's Ministries is hosting a Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser for the Mexico Children's Homes in the cities of Veracruz and Chihuahua. Cost is $5. Children under 5 , $2. All you can eat!  Salad and bread provided as well.

Crafty Treasures Bazaar
Join us as we celebrate fall and welcome the Christmas season!  Local vendors showcasing jewelry, home decor, sewn creations and other types of handmade goodness.
This bazaar is a fundraiser for the Tulsa Citadel Salvation Army's support of 2 Mexico Children's Homes in Veracruz and Chiuahua.

Friday October 29 is Preview Night from 6-8 pm.
Saturday the Bazaar is open from 9-4pm.

Teen Ministry will be serving concessions.

We still have a few spots available for vendors! If interested in becoming a vendor or if you have questions, contact the Citadel office at 918-747-8844 or email   

Get out there folks! Join us! ~Lindsay

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Eastern Oklahoma Food Bank Shout Out

At the Salvation Army, we are huge fans of the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. At our Center of Hope homeless shelter and social services center, we provide an average of 1,000 meals a day to our guests. Much of the food comes from the Food Bank. That’s why we supported the Food Bank’s Restaurant Week, when some of the best restaurants in Tulsa agree to chip in 10 percent of their proceeds to the Food Bank’s Food 4 Kids program. It didn’t hurt that one of our favorite lunch spots, The Chalkboard, is about a block from the office. To learn how to support the Food Bank, go to

Photo: Jessica was our server at the Chalkboard.

"Dog Days of Summer” Raises the Bar

The Salvation Army HR department's Dog Days of Summer fundraiser has raised the bar for Area Command fundraisers by earning $600, the most lucrative event this year. TSA is a United Way Agency, and as part of our internal TAUW campaign each department is charged with hosting an event to raise money for TAUW’s annual campaign.

HR department members sent out e-mail teasers starting a month before the event, using every bad pun and play on words related to dogs that they could come up with. What did they serve for lunch? Hot DOGS. Employees voted for their favorite dog by putting cash in jars with the dog’s photos taped to them. Major Williams got in on the fun by putting out a jar with his cat’s photo on it, but he was disqualified.

The department brought in guest speakers and barkers from the Owasso Police Department and Therapetics. Prizes were donated by Southern Agriculture and Merritt’s Bakery. Committee members were: HR Director KyKy Kanyiki, HR Administrative Assistants Kimberly Willis, Mardina Blackshire, Ann Loveless; Nancy Lloyd, Benefit Dinner Assistant.

Photo 1: Michael Dishman, Fundraising and Special Events Director, poses with his Miss Tilly who earned the tiara by winning the Cutest Dog Contest.

Photo 2: BoBo Godwin. As a cat owner, I’m hoping that the next event will be a Cutest Cat Contest, because I think BoBo will win.

What do you think? Does your company or organization host United Way Fundraisers? Please, post a comment and/or photos and let us know!


Monday, September 20, 2010

Food for Hope Winners Fill Up Their Tanks!

Who could be more deserving of a $1,000 QuikTrip gift card than a person who works three jobs, is married with three kids and drives a Dodge Durango that gets 10 miles to the gallon? That person is Allen Martin, and he picked up his QuikTrip gift card today at the 31st and Garnett Rib Crib where his receipt was entered in the Food for Hope drawing. 
During Food for Hope Week, Aug. 9-13, restaurants agreed to give 15 percent of the tabs of patrons who entered Food for Hope to raise money for meals for the homeless. All the money went to the meal program at the Center of Hope homeless shelter which serves an average of 1,000 meals a day.  Allen was joined by Rib Crib waitress Hannah Philbeck (both left) who won a $100 QT card. Hannah says she visits QuikTrip two to three times a day to buy a 32 ounce cup of sweetened iced tea. Congratulations to Allen and Hannah and many thanks to QuikTrip and Rib Crib for supporting Food for Hope.
Writer’s Note:
Am I a little eccentric for thinking of my favorite QuikTrip as “MY” QuikTrip? QT is so woven into our culture, I can’t imagine Tulsa without it. My favorite item is a decaf skinny latte. Allan’s favorite is a breakfast sandwich and Hannah has her tea. Where’s “YOUR” QuikTrip and what do you buy there? This inquiring mind wants to know! 


Thursday, September 16, 2010

Drilling, Grilling, Painting & Planting: Thank You Tulsa!

It was hot, humid and windy, but 269 amazing volunteers at seven locations completed 30 projects for The Salvation Army during the Tulsa United Way Day of Caring. The Center of Hope homeless shelter was home for six projects as volunteers from Grand Bank installed new speed bumps in the parking lot, American Airlines employees painted the chapel and Enterprise Rent-A-Car painted the Project Able lounge. Outside the Center of Hope, volunteers from Tulsa Community College. Tulsa CARES and UPS grilled burgers for lunch. Students from the Tulsa Job Corps showed a movie and served popcorn to residents.

Painting and planting projects dominated at the Boys & Girls Clubs, as Magellan Midstream Partners volunteers planted flower borders at Mabee Red Shield and employees from Magellan and Alliance Coal painted at the North Mabee Boys & Girls Clubs. Dan Ellinor, chair-elect of TAUW’s board, and volunteers from the Bank of Oklahoma painted hallways at the West Mabee Boys & Girls Club.

At the Sapulpa Boys & Girls Club, St. John Health System employees transformed the playground by painting the wooden jungle gym bright green and yellow. Inside the club, Nichols/Pacer Energy Marketing employees painted the gym.  At the Sand Springs Club, Tulsa County employees painted the gym, Dentsply and Exterran employees cleaned the floor and painted the computer room.

We are also grateful to volunteers from the following other companies that participated in the Day of Caring: Neosource Inc., Relay Health-McKesson Corp., The Holmes Organisation. AEP-PSO, Rupe Building Company, Kimberly-Clark Corp., Bank of America, Senior Star Living, LaFarge, Southwestern Bell Company dba AT&T, Lifegate and Trase Miller Technologies.

Writer’s Note:
I was privileged to visit with and photograph volunteers at the Center of Hope and the Boys & Girls Clubs in Sand Springs and Sapulpa. It looked as if you were having a great time but I’d love to hear from you. Please post a comment, especially if you know how to get latex paint stains out of cotton. Next year I’m wearing my paint clothes, no matter how bad they look!