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Gala raises $230,000 for Sunbeam

The fifth annual Shine a Light Gala on May 2 raised a record-breaking $230,000 for Sunbeam Family Services. The gala, chaired by Sue Ann Arnall, president of Arnall Family Foundation, shined a light on the growing needs across central Oklahoma. Masters of Ceremony were Rachel and Mayor David Holt.

Each year, Sunbeam recognizes honorees with the Aspire Award, an honor bestowed upon those who have made a significant difference in the lives of children, families and seniors. Sunbeam recognized Jennie and Ric Penner as its 2019 Aspire Award recipients.

For more information about Sunbeam, call 528-7721 or go to

Help letter carriers ‘stamp out hunger’

Help letter carriers "stamp out hunger" by leaving a plastic bag filled with non-perishable canned food donations by your mailbox on May 11 during the largest one-day food drive in America. Letter carriers in central and western Oklahoma will collect the bags and the food will be distributed to one of Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s nearly 1,300 community-based partner agencies.

Most needed items include canned meats, meat-based soups, canned fruits, canned vegetables, peanut butter, and rice and beans. Residents are encouraged to leave as many bags as they would like. Nonperishable food donations also can be dropped off at participating post offices.

Monetary donations can also be made at or by calling 600-3136.

Daughter of Dennis Fritz is breakfast keynote speaker

Calm Waters is launching Ripples of Hope, a fundraising breakfast, on June 6 at the Will Rogers Theater.

Each year, the event will feature a compelling story of loss from a well-known community member. This year’s keynote speaker is Liz Clinton, daughter of Dennis Fritz, one of the four men wrongly convicted of a murder in Ada 30 years ago. He spent 12 years in prison until he was exonerated. Her family’s story has been featured in the Netflix Documentary and John Grisham’s book, “The Innocent Man.”

Clinton found help during her grief journey and is now a successful businesswoman, wife and mother who knows the value of the support services offered through Calm Waters.

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Lawyers for Children plans annual run

Oklahoma Lawyers for Children present the fourth annual Masquerade Run/Walk at 5 p.m. June 8 at the Oklahoma County Juvenile Justice Center, 5905 Classen Court.

The event includes a block party featuring prizes for best costumes, games, face painting, a cookout and complimentary beer.

Early bird registration is $30 by May 15 and $35 after that date. Student registration is $25. Sponsorships are available. For more information and to register, go to

Nonprofit organization receives award from black caucus

The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits recently accepted a Special Recognition Award from the Legislative Black Caucus at its annual A.C. Hamlin event. Event chair Sen. George Young presented the award to Marnie Taylor in recognition of the center's work in nonprofit capacity building.

The A.C. Hamlin Banquet also recognized the record number of black women working in Oklahoma.

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