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Area nonprofits to host actress Jennie Garth, singer Sandi Patty, Oklahoma City Thunder player Russell Westbrook and more in upcoming fundraisers and other news.
Oklahoman Modified: October 1, 2012 at 10:56 am •  Published: September 23, 2012


Blu Galaxy 2012, the annual blu Party to benefit youth rowing and high-performance athletes in the Boathouse District, 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Devon Boathouse near SE 6 and Lincoln Boulevard on the Oklahoma River, $75 per person.

2012 OKC AIDS Walk, Run and Pooch Parade, Sunday, different locations downtown. Walk, 12:30 p.m. registration and 2 p.m. start, Myriad Gardens, Reno and Robinson; 5k run, 8 a.m. registration and 9 a.m. start, Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; pooch parade, 12:30 p.m. registration and fashion show, 1 p.m. for dogs in costume,

End of Summer Jimmy Buffett Beach party, a happy hour benefiting Make-A-Wish Foundation, 6 p.m. Thursday, The Greens Country Club Drive, 13100 Green Valley Drive. Jason Schreier, head chef at the Greens, will provide food. Free food, cash bar. The Greens will donate 15 percent of the money spent to the foundation.

Champions for Change luncheon, for National Alliance on Mental Illness, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 11, honoring Carol and Jim Hetherington, John Kennedy and Dr. R. Murali Krishna, The Greens Country Club, 13100 Green Valley Drive.

Sunset Stampede, for Sunset Therapeutic Riding Center, 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oklahoma City Farmers Public Market, 311 S Klein; $30 per person; 651-2324 or

Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Central Oklahoma, annual recognition luncheon, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Christian Life Center at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 222 NW 15. Tickets $15 for those who are not RSVP volunteers. 605-3110 or

Editors' note: This updates an incorrect date for the RSVP luncheon from a previous version.

21st annual Mistletoe Market, hosted by Junior League of Oklahoma City, Oct. 11-13, Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens. Tickets $5 for seniors and children ages 3-12; $8 for adults.

Rebuilding Together's ninth Construction Derby, 11:30 a.m. Sunday, “No Motor Speedway” at NW 5 between Walker and Shartel downtown.

Editor's Note: This was updated from a previous version, which listed the incorrect date of the Construction Derby.

Heritage Hills Twilight Tour, preview of the Heritage Hills Home Tour and cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and dinner in the home of Jerriann and Geoffrey Altshuler, Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m., $100; 525-8027.

Pioneering Spirit Gala, benefiting Water 4 Foundation and featuring actress Jennie Garth and singer Sandi Patty, Thursday.


Foundation to host fundraiser to fight hunger

Thunder basketball star Russell Westbrook will host the inaugural “A Night to End Hunger” benefiting the Needs Foundation at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the historical Governor's Mansion, 3615 N McKinley.

The black-tie event includes cocktails, food from Deep Fork Restaurant, entertainment by Zoom City and a performance by MEANT2B. The “Thundermobile,” a 1996 Suzuki X-90 featuring 10 Thunder team members custom-painted on each side by Drew Hooper, will be raffled.

Tickets are $250 and include 10 raffle entries. You can bring one item for Westbrook to sign.

The Needs Foundation collects unserved food from local restaurants and distributes it to churches, homeless shelters and hungry people in Oklahoma.

For information or to buy tickets, go online to

Sorority selling pansy flats

Tri Delta is taking orders for its annual “Pansy Patch” sale to be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 6 in the Casady Square Parking Lot at Pennsylvania Avenue and Britton Road. Proceeds benefit the Oklahoma Children's Cancer Association.

Flats are $18 each, and people are encouraged to pre-order them because the number will be limited on the day of the sale.

Call Kim at 623-1628 or email her at

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