Sisu Youth Inc. opens office
Sisu Youth Inc. began five years ago as a personal quest for founders Penny Reynolds and Amber Richardson to identify and gather youth-focused trauma and crisis services in the Oklahoma City metro area into one centralized location.
In June, the nonprofit opened an office at 1225 Sovereign Row, Suite 105, off Meridian and Interstate 40. Sisu offers 15- to 24-year-olds a safe place to visit. Running on volunteer work and donations, the center is open only on Thursdays.
On Tuesday, S&B’s Burger Joint’s Midtown location will donate 10 percent of the day’s sales to Sisu Youth.
For more information, call 459-7478 or go to www.sisuyouth.org.
Salvation Army Pantry on hiatus
In preparation for the move to the Center of Hope at 1001 N Pennsylvania and as current food supplies have been depleted, The Salvation Army Client Choice Pantry closed Wednesday and will not resume operations until September.
Additional community resources may be found by contacting Heartline 2-1-1 by dialing “211” on a phone. Individuals may search Heartland’s services database by going to www.referweb.net/hlok or by accessing it from the webpage at www.heartlineinc.org, then clicking on “211 Online” on the left side of the page.
Junior League appoints board
The Junior League of Oklahoma City has announced its new Community Advisory Board. Prominent and influential members of the community are asked to serve in a supportive capacity. Members of the 2014-2015 Junior League of Oklahoma City Community Advisory Board are:
Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Greater OKC Chamber of Commerce.
Clytie Bunyan, The Oklahoman.
Terry Cline, Oklahoma State Department of Health.
Nicole Dobbins, SandRidge Energy.
James Farris, James Farris Associates.
Debbie Forshee, Youth Services for Oklahoma County.
Douglas Gibson, Community Volunteer.
Stanley Hupfeld, INTEGRIS Foundation.
Randy Lewis, OG&E.
Jack McBride, So6ix Magazine.
Dan Martel, Saxum.
Mel Martin, First National Bank of Oklahoma.
Matthew Mollman, Mollman Media.
Monique Naifeh, M.D., University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
Mikio A. Nihira, M.D., University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
Lindsay Parks, Barre3.
Paul Ryckbost, C.H. Guernsey & Co.
Charles L. Spicer Jr., OU Medical Center.
Sandra Payne, St. Anthony Hospital.
Joe Strunk, Strunk Insurance Group Inc.
Pete Winemiller, Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Junior League of Oklahoma City is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.
For more information, go to jloc.org.
Air rally funds scholarship
The Oklahoma Chapter Ninety-Nines, a women’s aviation organization, will host the 36th Annual Okie Derby Proficiency Air Rally Aug. 16 at Sundance Airport in Yukon. All proceeds will benefit the organization’s “Wings of the Future” scholarship for women seeking pilot licenses and aviation education.
Participants fly up to 200 nautical miles over the Oklahoma City area in a contest to determine which pilot can most accurately predict fuel use and flight time projections.
The rally is open to all pilots and two-person crews are required. Pilots must register by Aug. 11. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Go to okiederby.com to register or to learn more about sponsoring the event.
Local nonprofit helps Africa
NORMAN — A Norman-area humanitarian organization, the 1040 Initiative, is hosting an event Sept. 11 at the Bricktown Brewery to raise awareness and funds to help impact thousands of children throughout West Africa. The 1040 Initiative is building the first bilingual academy in the heart of the Ivory Coast.
A team going to the area in August to put the final touches on the academy before it opens.
The benefit will help provide funding for future projects as well as help with the continued construction of a middle school and high school in Tanda.
For tickets or sponsorship, go to 1040i.org/missionpossible, call 366-1040, or send a check to The 1040 Initiative, P.O. Box 721765, Norman, OK 73070. Donations are tax-deductible.
From staff reports