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Red Ribbon Gala serves as the largest fundraiser annually for Tulsa CARES.

Tulsa CARES delivers social services to people affected by HIV and AIDS. We are committed to creating a community where all people with HIV/AIDS have equal opportunities for healthy living. We advance our mission through empowerment, inclusion and the creation of hope by offering tailored, integrated resources and advocating for the end of HIV stigma.




Executive Board

  • Conor Cleary
  • Betsy Jackson
    Executive Vice President
  • Nicole Amend
  • Chas Craig

Elected Directors

  • Sheryl Boone
  • Chris Brecht
  • Jeff Cox
  • Howard Doak
  • Thomas Golden
  • Patrick (ps) Gordon
  • Brian Hughes
  • Ty Kaszubowski
  • Dr. Madhuri Lad
  • Tony Li
  • April McAnnally
  • Dr. John Rogers
  • Jim Scholl
  • Liz Stabler
  • Ryan Jude Tanner
  • Erin Thompson
  • Dr. Janelle Whitt

Advisory Directors

  • Dan Burnstein
  • Patricia Chernicky
  • Bill Clark
  • Kim Coretz
  • Judy Eliot
  • Toni Garner
  • Francie Faudree Gillman
  • Dr. Greg Holt
  • Mike Keys
  • Christopher Murphy
  • Hillary Parkhurst
  • Brandon Rule
  • Susan Sadler
  • Kim Smith
  • Dr. Blane Snodgrass
  • Bob Stewart
  • Dmitry Volfson


Red Presenting Sponsor • $25,000

2 Tables of 10 / Publicity / 8 Tickets to Patron Party

Friends of Charles Patron • $15,000

1 Table of 12 / Publicity / 6 Tickets to Patron Party

Ruby Patron • $10,000

1 Table of 10 / Publicity / 4 Tickets to Patron Party

Scarlet Patron • $6,000

1 Table of 8 / Publicity / 4 Tickets to Patron Party

Rose Patron • $2,000

2 Gala Tickets / Publicity / 2 Tickets to Patron Party

Next Generation Patron Table • $2,500

Sponsor a table for those 40 and under to attend.
The sponsorship underwrites the cost of a Next Generation table and
does not include tickets for the sponsor.

1 Table of 10 / Publicity / 2 Tickets to Patron Party

Crimson Patron for the Next Generation • $1,000

Those 40 and under can purchase.

2 Next Generation Tickets / Publicity / 2 Tickets to Patron Party

Individual Ticket • $500

1 Ticket to Red Ribbon Gala


Red Presenting Sponsors

Broadhurst Foundation
George Kaiser Family Foundation
Stan and Irene Burnstein Family Foundation
Susan and Bill Thomas


Ruby Patrons

Argonaut Private Equity
Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
Dan Burnstein and Martin Martinez
Mollie and JW Craft
Patricia Chernicky
The Coretz Family Foundation


Scarlet Patrons

Bank of Oklahoma
Betsy and Gerry Jackson
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma
Bristow Medical Center/CORE
Cherokee Nation Businesses
Christopher Murphy and Ben Stewart
Crowe & Dunlevy
D&L Oil Tools
Equity Bank
EyeCare Associates of South Tulsa
Hall Estill
Hardesty Family Foundation
Hillcrest Healthcare System
J. Pacetti Precious Jewels
John Steele Zink Foundation
Lisa and Steve Antry
Maren and Lance Lively, Jack Brown and Jones, Gotcher and Bogan, P.C.
Matrix Service Company
MidFirst Bank
Nabholz Construction/Osage Casino
Oklahoma Magazine
OSU Center for Health Sciences
Response Solutions
Saint Francis Health Systems
Sheehan Family LLC
Tanninger Philanthropies
The Allen Family Foundation
The Zarrow Families Foundation
TMA Systems
Tonsorial: The Art of Barbering/Crystal and Debra McDaniel and Exceptional Leaders Lab/Tracy Spears and Rosemary Harris
Walgreens at the OSU Center for Health Sciences


Rose Patrons

Ann and Mark Farrow
Anne and Ty Westfield
Barnes Law PLLC
BKD CPAs & Advisors
Bob Stewart
Chickasaw Nation
Choctaw Nation Health Services
Conner & Winters LLP/Sheri and Robert Curry
Drummond Law, LLP
Howard J. Doak/Cityscape Home Mortgage
M.A. Doran Gallery
Marilyn and Larry Lee
Meredith Siegfried Madden and Pete Madden
Nancy and Joseph McDonald
Nanette and Cleve Stubblefield
OU Physicians – Tulsa
Rebekah Tennis and Raj Basu
Sheryl and John Boone
St. John Health System
Susie and Don Wellendorf
The Hille Family Charitable Foundation
Toni Garner
Ty Kaszubowski and Mike Keys



Next Generation Patron Tables

April and Sid McAnnally
David Easton and James Steinmeyer
Janice and Jack Alexander
Jill and Robert Thomas Charitable Foundation
SR Hughes
Suzanne M. and Bill Warren
Tanninger Philanthropies
Ty Kaszubowski and Mike Keys


Crimson Patrons for the Next Generation

Carletti Dentistry
Drs. Erica and Neel Kumar
Kate Thomas
Jonathan Peyravy
Mabrey Bank
Meliora Capital
Nahal Mirsaeidi
Nichole and Brian Stanton
Prosperity Bank
Security Bank
Switchgear Recruiting




Barbara and Jim Sturdivant
Brian Hughes and Jason Glass
Burt Holmes
Carpet One
Drs. Lynne Imhoff and Luiz Weksler
Kirsten and Mark Graham
Marci and Stan Johnson
Mary Anne and CS Lewis III
Michelle and Aaron Choquette
Mrs. Walt Helmerich
Patricia Savage
Ruth Nelson
Tulsa Community College Foundation




  • She’s known simply as Toni

    Fresh flowers once a month for an entire year plus an extra-special dinner with Toni for ten.

    Make your home a happy one with fresh flowers for an entire year! Receive a fresh floral arrangement every month for a year, generously donated by Toni Garner, long-time supporter of Tulsa CARES. Toni will design a special arrangement just for you and deliver it to your home. The lucky winner will enjoy an extra-special, Toni-prepared dinner for 10 with beautiful wine pairings hosted by Toni at her home. A first for Tulsa!

    Mutually agreed upon date.

    Donated by Toni Garner, Dr. Gregory Holt, Mr. Matthew Wallace and Old Village Wine & Spirits.

  • A Weekend in Taos, New Mexico with Artist Jonathan Sobol

    Enjoy exclusive behind-the-scenes access to renowned artist, Jonathan Sobol’s studio and home during an unforgettable weekend in Taos, New Mexico. This package includes luxurious accommodations for two at the historic Casa Benavides hotel, a private tequila tasting dinner hosted by Kristin and Jim Bender with the artist, and a 32” x 26” framed painting, titled “Humanity,” donated by Jonathan Sobol and M.A. Doran Gallery.

    Package Includes:

    • • Two nights in the historic Casa Benavides hotel
    • • Tequila tasting dinner, hosted at the home of Kristin and Jim Bender
    • • “Humanity” framed painting by Jonathan Sobol and a behind-the-scenes studio tour

    Mutually agreed upon date.

    Donated by Jonathan Sobol, M.A. Doran Gallery and Kristin and Jim Bender.

  • Ellen!

    Laugh and dance with Ellen at a taping of The Ellen DeGeneres Show! The winning bidder will receive two VIP tickets to the Ellen Show, two first-class, round-trip American Airlines tickets, and two nights at The Beverly Hilton hotel. Show tickets are nearly impossible to come by, and VIP tickets even more difficult, so this package is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Enjoy your free time shopping in Beverly Hills, sightseeing or dining at a new L.A. hotspot.

    Package Includes:

    • • VIP seating for two to The Ellen DeGeneres Show
    • • Two nights at the Beverly Hilton hotel
    • • First-class American Airlines airfare for two

    Mutually agreed upon date. Must be used by December 31, 2019.

    Donated by Tanninger Philanthropies.

  • Polo Grill Wine Spectator & Chef Tasting Dinner

    The Polo Grill, recipient of Wine Spectator’s “Best of” Award of Excellence, is offering a fine dining experience with wine pairings for ten! Enjoy a specially-prepared nine-course Chef’s Tasting menu, complete with wine pairings.

    Your unique evening at Polo Grill will be crafted under the direction of Wine Director, Michael Funk. Beginning with aperitifs, your party of ten will be hosted in one of Polo Grill’s private wine cellar dining rooms. The nine-course dinner created by Executive Chef Juan Cuadra and his culinary team, will be paired with selections from their 26,000-bottle cellars selected by Wine Director, Michael Funk. At the conclusion of your evening, enjoy selections from our signature cognac cart service on the patio, weather permitting.

    Mutually agreed upon date.

    Must be used by March 31, 2019.

    Donated by Donna & Robert Merrifield.

  • Tuscan Adventure for Ten

    Located in the hills to the east of Cortona, this villa faces the setting sun overlooking the valley of Cortona, Italy. A beautifully landscaped garden with olive groves, a vineyard and a magnificent swimming pool provides you with a quiet and relaxing space to enjoy your Tuscan holiday.

    Your private villa has two floors in the main house with three master bedrooms and three full baths, and two one-bedroom apartments, each with its own kitchen and full bath, on either side of the property. The main house also consists of a complete kitchen, wine cellar, two living rooms and a dining room. All bedrooms enjoy stunning views of the garden and surrounding olive groves.

    Package Includes:

    • • Seven nights in private villa with five bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms
    • • Kitchen, dining, and living areas, large private courtyard garden, barbecue, pergola outdoor dining area and outdoor pool
    • • Midweek housekeeping service
    • • Ryan Jude Tanner will help coordinate trip

    Mutually agreed upon date. Must be used by December 31, 2019.

  • Susan Sadler Jewelry

    Internationally-acclaimed jewelry designer Susan Sadler is creating a piece of art just for Red Ribbon Gala. Yellow gold earrings with approximately two carats of round diamonds.

    Donated by Susan Sadler.

  • “First Look” Dinner at the home of Bill Lobeck and Kathy Taylor

    Be one of the first to see the soon-to-be-completed new home of long-time Tulsa CARES supporters, Bill Lobeck and Kathy Taylor. Enjoy wines from Bill and Kathy’s private cellar and dinner for ten at this stunning contemporary property in Midtown Tulsa. Dinner can be “al fresco” overlooking the gorgeous four-sided infinity pool and stunning outdoor landscaping, or if you prefer, indoor dining with soaring ceilings surrounded by works of art from around the world. The chef for the evening will be Tulsa’s own Tiffany Tisdale-Braxton, of Tisdale23 Catering. A “graduate” of the Lobeck Taylor Foundation’s Kitchen 66, Tiffany will demonstrate her culinary talents in preparing a stunning meal for the evening. Hosted by the always charming Kathy Taylor and Bill Lobeck, it promises to be an unforgettable evening.

    Mutually agreed upon date. Must be used by March 31, 2019.

    Donated by Bill Lobeck and Kathy Taylor.

  • Collector’s Choice: Iconic Floral Painting by Patrick Gordon

    Acclaimed artist, Patrick “ps” Gordon, who worked tirelessly with Charles Faudree on the original “Candlelight Hope Tour” to raise awareness for our cause, will work with the winning bidder to compose a 16 x 20-inch original watercolor painting of their personal choice. Patrick’s work has been exhibited in galleries across the U.S., and it is certain to be a treasure in your home.

    Must be completed by January 31, 2019.

    Donated by Patrick “ps” Gordon.

  • Oceanfront Florida Beach House

    “Seas the Day” is located in Grayton Beach, Florida on a private beach, with amazing views of the Gulf of Mexico. This home is nine steps away from soft sand beaches and sleeps up to 14. It has six bedrooms and five and a half baths. The house has a gourmet kitchen for the foodie, arm-chairs on decks overlooking the ocean for the reader, four bunk beds for kids, a double shower for the amorous, and a sweeping uncrowded beach for the peace-lover. This dream vacation is a lasting memory in the making.

    Mutually agreed upon date.

    Donated by Kara and Dr. Rodney Plaster.

  • Gucci Experience in Florence for Two

    Prepared Exclusively for Tulsa CARES and Red Ribbon Gala, two lucky people are going on the trip of a lifetime!

    This package includes:

    • • A private tour of the Gucci Garden, Gucci’s new museum in the heart of Florence, recently debuting January 15, 2018
    • • A three-night stay at the St. Regis Florence, a five-star luxury hotel in the center of Florence located along the Arno
    • • $6,000 travel voucher to and from Florence, Italy
    • • Two piece Gucci luggage set
    • • Lunch or dinner for two at the Gucci Osteria by three-Michelin-star chef, Massimo Bottura
    • • Private tour of the Gucci Art Lab, the new 375,000 square-foot state of the art nexus of research and development, leather goods and shoe production facility
    • • Private guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery—one of the world’s top art musuems—housing some of the most important works of the Renaissance, including works by Leonardo da Vinci, Giotto, Botticelli and Michelangelo
    • • Private-guided tour of historic Boboli Gardens

    Valid in July and October 2018.

  • Private Village in Bali for Ten

    Experience the authentic Bali, far from the tourist crowds. The winner of this item and nine friends will relax for a week in an Indonesian paradise, located on the tranquil eastern coast near Amed, Bali, famous for outstanding diving, snorkeling and hiking.

    The Golden Buddha Cottages consist of five separate, marble cottages surrounding a stunning pool in a garden setting. Each air-conditioned cottage is furnished with locally-made Balinese furniture and artwork, a king-size bed and a twin bed. Bathrooms feature local Indonesian marble and stunning private indoor/outdoor showers. Private verandas grace your cottage and poolside, and outdoor dining is available.

    Package Includes:

    • • Seven-night stay accommodations
    • • One round-trip airport transfer to and from Golden Buddha Resort
    • • Daily breakfast, and one specially prepared Balinese dinner served at the resort
    • • One full-body massage for each guest at the on-site spa
    • • One diving or snorkeling excursion with master diver
    • • Daily housekeeping service and complimentary bottled water

    Trip will be planned with Golden Buddha Resort and Ryan Jude Tanner. Added meals, drinks, excursions, transportation and gratuities not included. Mutually agreed upon date.

    Must be used by December 31, 2019.

  • Meet the Bull!

    Relish in a four-course dinner for 12 in the private dining room of Tulsa’s
    “Undisclosed Alley Way Restaurant” including premier tableside martini cart
    service featuring rare spirits.

    Mutually agreed upon date. Must be used by March 31, 2019.

    Donated by McNellie’s Group.

  • Fashion & Broadway in NYC for Two

    Get ready to show off your very own Abersons custom dress by fashion designer, Barbara Tfank, a favorite of the former first lady Michelle Obama. With your runway-worthy attire, you’ll be ready to hit the streets of Manhattan after your custom fitting and meet-and-greet with Barbara in New York City. You will enjoy two Broadway tickets to the Tony Award Winning Musical, Come From Away and $1,500 towards the hotel of your choice.

    Package Includes:

    • • Abersons custom-designed dress by Barbara Tfank
    • • Private driver to and from your fitting in New York City
    • • Meet-and-greet with Barbara Tfank
    • • $1,500 hotel stipend
    • • Two Broadway tickets to Tony Award Winning Musical, Come From Away

    Mutually agreed upon date. Must be used during September 2018.

    Donated by Abersons, Tanninger Philanthropies and Tulsa CARES.

  • The Great Fried Chicken Fry Off: Oklahoma vs. Alabama Edition

    Everyone loves Fried Chicken—but whose is the best? Graciously hosted in the beautiful midtown Tulsa home of Erin and John Peters, eight guests will decide if the winner-winner-chicken-dinner award goes to April and Sid McAnnally’s time-tested Alabama blend of secret spices complete with buttery southern biscuits, or will it be Tulsa’s own Erin and John Peters’ crispy but tender temptations? All beverages included, along with scrumptious pies for dessert, baked by Becky Dixon. Feathers will fly at this all-out rivalry of Oklahoma vs. Alabama!

    Mutually agreed upon date.

    Donated by Erin and John Peters, April and Sid McAnnally and Becky Dixon.

  • Elton John’s Iconic Oscar® Party for Four

    The winner will receive four (4) tickets to the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF)’s 27th annual Academy Awards® Viewing Party to be held at West Hollywood Park on the night of the show, Sunday, February 24, 2019.

    The event is hosted by EJAF Founder Sir Elton John and Chairman David Furnish and features a cocktail reception, a sumptuous dinner prepared by a world-renowned chef and served during the Oscars® live telecast, an exciting live auction, and a performance by a special musical guest, followed by dancing and open bar until late.

    EJAF’s Party consistently draws top actors and musicians, philanthropic and social figures, as well as members of the international entertainment and business industries such as Mariah Carey, Heidi Klum, Lady Gaga, the Kardashians, Neil Patrick Harris, Robert de Niro, Liam Hemsworth, Donatella Versace, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Hilary Swank, Steven Tyler and Bono, among others.

    Donated by Elton John AIDS Foundation.

  • Night at the Museum for Thirty

    Dine, drink and dance at one of the most beautiful settings in Tulsa with Philbrook Museum of Art Director, Scott Stulen. Take an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour with Scott prior to a three-course meal provided by Kitchen 27 by Palace Café on the Philbrook Terrace, overlooking the magnificent gardens with fine wines. After dinner, Scott will transition from Director to DJ for an extraordinary garden dance party.

    Package Includes:

    • • 30 spots available on September 20, 2018; $1,000 per person
    • • Exclusive use of Philbrook terrace, gardens and Kitchen 27
    • • Three-course dinner provided by Chef James Shrader of Kitchen 27 by Palace Café
    • • Wine pairings and cocktails
    • • Music and dancing in Kitchen 27/Westby Gardens

    Donated by Philbrook Museum, Chef James Shrader and Scott Stulen.


For more information, contact Katie Sawicki at or 918.834.4194.

Tulsa CARES, 3712 East 11th Street, Tulsa, OK 74112-3952



Tulsa CARES, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and a United Way Partner Agency.