Nonprofits in brief
Science Museum event Has ‘Star Wars’ theme
Area families can get ready for the Bright Night of “Star Wars" at Science Museum Oklahoma. The overnight adventure begins at 7 p.m. Friday and concludes at 7 a.m. Saturday. The evening includes Science Live and Planetarium shows, nature-themed movies, access to museum exhibits and hands-on “Star Wars”-themed activities.
Visitors should bring their own sleeping bag or air mattress. “Star Wars” costumes are encouraged. One adult is required to attend for every six children. The cost is $35 per child for museum members, $45 per child for nonmembers and $25 per adult. To register, call 602-3760.
Benefit will help prevent child abuse
Parent Promise, an Oklahoma City-based nonprofit dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect, will hold its annual fundraiser, Melody Lane — A Night for Children, to continue its work to strengthen families so they can provide a safe and healthy home for their young children.
The 18th annual event will be at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club, 7000 N Grand Blvd. TV’s “Discover Oklahoma” host Jenifer Reynolds will serve as the evening’s emcee.
Tickets cost $80 each and include a dinner buffet, music entertainment and live auction. A silent auction and a Parisian-style flea market all will be featured.
For tickets or more information, call 232-2500, or go to parentpromise.org.
Childhood hunger meets its match
Top of the World and three local families have issued a $100,000 matching gift challenge to support the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Food for Kids program. Every dollar donated between now and Sept. 30, up to $100,000, will have twice the impact on the fight against childhood hunger.
Normally, a $200 gift will support a child in Food for Kids for an entire school year; but thanks to the match, that same gift will support two children. Last school year, the Regional Food Bank provided millions of meals for chronically hungry children through these Food for Kids childhood hunger programs: the Backpack Program, Kids Cafe, Summer Feeding and School Pantries.
For more information, go to regionalfoodbank.org.
Toby Keith, others receive awards
The Door-Opener Awards Gala dinner and silent auction on Sept. 4, benefitting ASTEC Charter Schools, will recognize six people for their lifetime of contributions made toward helping others in society maximize their potential and achieve their dreams.
Those selected include Dr. Harvey Dean, Pittsburg, Kan.; Toby Keith and Tricia Covel, Norman; former Gov. George P. Nigh, Edmond; the late Dr. Ramona Paul, Edmond; and Natalie Shirley, Oklahoma City.
Door-Opener Awards Gala sponsorships are available at the $10,000 and $5,000 levels and include an eight-person table and private reception with Door-Opener honorees, in addition to other perks. Tables for eight can be purchased for $2,500. For event details, email email@example.com.
For more information about ASTEC Charter Schools, go to asteccharterschools.com.
Two selected for leadership class
ARDMORE — Noble Foundation Livestock Consultant Bryan Nichols and Field Plot Operations Manager Shawn Norton have been selected to participate in Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program Class 17.
The program mission is to develop leaders for Oklahoma agriculture. It helps potential leaders develop a deeper understanding of people and basic systems of economics and government, and to use this appreciation and understanding to solve problems and advance Oklahoma agriculture.
The class will attend leadership development seminars and participate in a study tour through the eastern part of the U.S. The program will conclude with an international study experience.
From Staff Reports