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Nonprofit notes for May 16


Exhibit benefits hearing loss awareness

Rodeo Cinema, 2221 Exchange Ave., is one of the only theaters in the central United States to have a hearing loop, making it the perfect place to celebrate Better Hearing and Speech Month. This month, the Rodeo Cinema is hosting the photography exhibit "Let's Bark About Hearing Loss" featuring artwork by Ana Covey, chair of the Central Oklahoma Hearing Loss Association of America. The exhibit combines the photographer's love of nature and passion for hearing loss awareness. All proceeds will help HLAA of Central Oklahoma improve hearing loss accessibility.

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Foundation awards nearly $22,000 in grants

The Donna Nigh Foundation, administered by the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, recently awarded $21,794.25 in grants to six organizations providing services to Oklahomans with developmental disabilities. The foundation awarded grants to Deer Creek Schools Foundation, Home of Hope Inc., iCan Shine Inc/iCan Bike OKC, KidsAlive!, Mid-Del Group Homes Inc. and Team Hoyt Oklahoma. Nonprofit organizations in Oklahoma that provide direct services to individuals with severe to profound intellectual or developmental disorders may apply for grants by July 1. For an application, go to

Grandparents can apply for school supplies

Sunbeam Family Services is accepting school-supply assistance applications for grandparents, age 55 and older, living in Oklahoma, Cleveland, Canadian or Logan counties, who are raising their own grandchildren in the absence of parents in the home. The school supply program at Sunbeam provides pre-qualified grandparents with backpacks filled with grade-specific school supplies for their grandchildren, helping with the financial burden of back-to-school expenses and ensuring their grandchildren are prepared for the school year.

For an application, go to or call 609-1904 for more information. Applications are due May 31.

Volunteers needed for summer feeding program

Nearly 2,000 volunteers are needed to help assemble snacks and fresh meals for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Summer Feeding Program. Through the program, any child 18 and younger can receive nutritious meals and snacks at more than 130 locations in central and western Oklahoma. Those meals are prepared and packaged in Hope’s Kitchen, the Regional Food Bank’s production kitchen. Volunteers are needed to help assemble snacks and fresh meals May 31 to July 26. Shifts are available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Volunteers must be at least 12 years old and individuals and groups are both welcome.

To sign up, go to or call 600-3160.

Gala looks to raise $1 million

The sixth annual Gift of Love Gala hosted by the Center of Family Love and the Oklahoma Knights of Columbus will be 6 p.m. June 15 at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Raising over $1 million last year for adults with disabilities, the gala became the most successful single fundraising event in Oklahoma City last year. The evening will begin with a cocktail reception and gift pull, followed by dinner, entertainment by residents of the Center of Family Love, raffle drawings, live auction and dancing. Tickets are $175 or $1,750 for a table of 10, and sponsorship opportunities are still available.

For more information or tickets, go to or call Nancy Altman at 263-4658, Ext. 1042.

Ad club announces new board

Ad 2 OKC, a local club of young people looking to make a difference in Oklahoma City community and the communications industry, named its new board of directors. The new board includes leaders from the most well-known and well-respected companies and agencies spearheading the communications industry in Oklahoma City. The board of directors for the 2019-2020 term are Ashley Ross, president; Leslie Denner, past president; Janelle Archer, president-elect; Maci McGregor, public service chair; Kristen Fine, development chair; Sarah Rogers, events chair; Ryan Barrett, social media chair; Jamie Kisling, communications director; Sonni Adams, creative director; and Kayla Stump, membership chair.

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Girl Scouts receive highest award

Fifteen Girl Scouts in western Oklahoma have been awarded the highest and most prestigious award that can be earned as a Girl Scout — the Gold Award — for their hard work and dedication to their projects. Recipients are Maisy Brocksmith, Paige Bush, Karen Davila, Shelby Dye, Brittany Hamilton, McKenleigh Kelly, Breena Lijewski, Prudence Lloyd, Kirstin Perrin, Rylee Roberts, Tracie Roettger, Mallory Simpson, Haley Velez, Hailey Walters and Jazmyne Williams. Bush, Dye, Roberts, Roettger and Velez were also awarded a $1,000 college scholarship. The goal of the Gold Award is to set a foundation for active citizenship throughout a woman’s life by creating a self-sustaining solution for a societal change.

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Bags help prepare seniors in times of disaster

Oklahomans know that disaster can strike at any time. If the unexpected hits, the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Central Oklahoma has a helpful solution for older adults in our community — Be Ready Bags. RSVP partnered with Lions International to provide seniors in the community with the Be Ready Bags that are filled by volunteers with information and necessities — from emergency blankets and whistles to preparedness booklets and flashlights — all to ensure the safety of older adults in the community.

To receive a bag, call 605-3110.