Saving Our Kids Banquet seeks to fund youth center for at-risk children | Local News
Tickets and sponsorships are available for a Saturday banquet aimed at saving Tulsa children from a life of poverty and crime.
The Christian Ministers Alliance’s 15th Annual Saving Our Kids-Legends Banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 24 at the Doubletree Downtown Tulsa Hotel, 616 W. Seventh St.
Scott Gesell, CEO of Gateway Mortgage, will be the guest speaker, and the Fayetteville High School Choir will provide music for the evening, said Reverend WR Casey Jr., president of the AMC. Dinner is included.
Honorees include current or former Tulsa-area civic leaders, business executives, and media personalities.
The CMA is a 55-year-old Tulsa organization dedicated to serving the North Tulsa community. The nonprofit organization holds regular holiday food and toy drives, school supply drives and monthly food giveaways, and it works with a number of schools to coordinate college scholarships for students.
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The banquet’s title comes from the nonprofit’s goal of building a youth center at Apache Street and Lewis Avenue.
It’s an estimated $7.5 million dream that Casey has been working towards for at least eight years, but there’s no sign of her hopes waning.
“When you look at families, you see the need for programs to help them,” Casey said. “My heart is to help those who are less fortunate than others. It is the heart of the Alliance of Christian Ministers, and it is the heart of Jesus.
In a fundraising letter, Casey wrote that the underlying causes of juvenile delinquency are no secret: poverty, drugs, single-parent homes, gang involvement and lack of good role models.
“Kids with nothing to do and nowhere to go after school and on weekends and in the summer make them especially vulnerable to falling into the wrong crowd and becoming one of Tulsa’s statistics,” a writes Casey. “They need a place to go to participate in healthy, productive activities and be around caring adults.”
A youth center north of Tulsa would be a place where children can “get off the streets and out of harm’s way”, “a place where our children can become the best versions of themselves”.
CMA acquired 4 acres of land at the intersection, but Casey said he needed an additional three acres currently occupied by a vacant and occupied house, a tire store and an empty half-acre lot. . The additional space would allow for a gymnasium, playground, swimming pool, classroom, computer lab, kitchen, dining room and daycare.
The nonprofit has received $242,000 in donations so far, Casey said, not including in-kind donations, and he shared a list of donors with the Tulsa World that reached six business pages. , leading organizations, foundations and individuals in the region.
“It’s what the Lord has given me, and with God anything is possible,” Casey said of the vision. “I think we are close to that happening, we just need some help.”
During his ministry, Casey said he visited homes in Tulsa without food or running water. He said the Tulsans needed to be moved into action so that they did not fall into the role of priest or Levite in the biblical parable of the Good Samaritan, where each walked past a man in desperate need.
“If you’ve had your whole life and never had to want anything, then you wouldn’t understand people who have nothing,” Casey said. “We need to reach those with deep pockets so they can see the need for those who don’t and help us help them.”
Individual tickets are $100 and tables for 10 are available for $1,000. Booth spaces are available for $250. Corporate sponsorships range from $1,500 to $100,000.
To purchase tickets, corporate sponsorship or arrange a donation, call Casey at 918-951-7407 or 918-902-1374. Checks should be made out to CMA Inc. Building Fund and mailed to PO Box 2095, Tulsa, OK, 74101.