Cooksey To Emcee Tulsa Stars Event for Palmer Fundraiser

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1/24/2009 2:21 AM
Last Modified: 1/24/2009 2:38 AM

If a private dinner with a well-known personality sounds interesting, fun and exciting, this one is for you.

Stars with Tulsa connections such as actress Mary Kay Place and “The Ultimate Gift” author Jim Stovall will be part of the auction action at the Dining with Tulsa Stars benefit, 6 p.m. Thursday at the Jazz Hall of Fame.

Proceeds will benefit Palmer Continuum of Care.

Other stars to be auctioned include Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor; Burns Hargis, Oklahoma State University president; Kristin Glover, the “Dad’ll do it” girl from the television ads; Wayman Tisdale, jazz musician and former NBA player; John Starks, former New York Knicks player and now author and sports commentator; Jimbo Elrod, OU All-American and former player for Kansas City Chiefs; and Stacy Prammanasudh, LPGA golfer and TU All-American.

Although some of the stars will not be able to attend Dining with Tulsa Stars, they will be sending a message.

For the auction, each celebrity will be coupled with a restaurant, including Bodean Seafood, Michael Fusco’s, Los Cabos, Local Table, KEO, Bone Fish, Sonoma, Brasserie, Lava, Mahogany’s and Palace CafĂ©.

Jay Litchfield also will auction off an exclusive one- week, all-inclusive vacation for two at the Sandals Resort in Montego Bay donated by Magoon & Associates.

Entertainment will be provided by John Hamill and his jazz trio including Max Surry and Leon Rollerson with vocalist Rebecca Marks-Jimmerson performing Bessie Smith specials and other well-known blues vocals.

Chris Heroux is 2009 chairman of the Palmer Board of Directors.

Committee members include Kelly Sudduth, Carrie Classen, Scott Cooksey, Kara E. Jones, Jeff Harjo and Elisa Heroux.

Sponsors include Cyclonic Valve, Bette and Michael L. Graves, and George Kaiser Family Foundation as gold sponsors; Ruth K. Nelson, Magoon & Associates and Heroux & Pollard, PLLC as silver sponsors; and an anonymous major sponsor made in memory of Harold Katz, former executive director of Palmer.

At least 90 percent of the funds raised through ticket sales and 100 percent of the auction bids will help those who need substance-abuse treatment but cannot afford it. Palmer, a Tulsa nonprofit organization for 25 years, treats more than 1,000 people each year through substance-abuse programs dedicated to helping adolescents and women with their children.

Tickets are $45 per person. Tables of eight are available for $350.

For more information, visit or call Paula Hall-Collins at 230-7669.

By DANNA SUE WALKER World Staff Writer

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