Surrounded by generous members of the community and celebrity advocates, our 2015 A Night with the Stars gala was more successful than ever. Taking place at the Skirvin Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City, our Roaring 20’s themed event was full of fun, laughs, excitement, and tears of joy.
Not only did we unveil our new brand, logo, and the Lion Hearted, but we raised more than $111,000 and added 46 new recurring monthly donors to make the evening a great success.
To kick off the evening, celebrity John O’Hurley, best known for his role as J. Peterman on the hit show Seinfeld, served as Master of Ceremonies. Other celebrity guests included: Ron Lester (Varsity Blues), Rob Gallavan (Parkland), Alex Eppler (Miss Oklahoma 2014), Phil Paz (21 Guns), Randy Wayne (Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning), Ben Reed (American Sniper) and Dan Russell (Olympic Wrestler). Guests enjoyed visiting with the celebrities and taking photos in our Celebrity Corner. Click here to learn more about our celebrities!
During the program, we presented two new awards to well-deserving people. For his tireless work on behalf of The CARE Center, Chaplain Clyde Caldwell received our Advocate of the Year Award. Clyde has connected key people with The CARE Center, is our voice in the community, and isn’t shy to share our mission and the impact we make on the community. He helps us fight for the resources we need to put children first.
As long-time donors and supporters, Jean and David McLaughlin received our inaugural Lion Heart of the Year Award. They embody the servant heart of The CARE Center and give generously as a need arises, including helping purchase new digital video equipment critical to our forensic interview program.
It was a wonderful evening to celebrate our important work and the children we serve. Have you become a member of the Lion Hearted yet? If not, click here to join with us as we help children be brave and courageous after abuse.
We’ve already set the date for our 2016 Gala, mark your calendar for April 2, 2016!