Apr 26, 2010 - Tulsa chapter of The Links Honors Five Tulsans

Spring Into Jazz Gala will honor 5 Tulsans

by: DANNA SUE WALKER World Staff Writer
Monday, April 26, 2010
Five Tulsans will be honored with Friends and Service Awards when the Tulsa chapter of The Links Inc. holds its annual Spring Into Jazz Gala on Thursday at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame.

A reception will begin at 6 p.m.

Singer-songwriter Leah Joelle will perform in concert beginning at 7:15 p.m.

Award recipients are Orlando Hazley, Dr. Tom McKeon, Leslie Paris, Colleen Payne-Nabors, and Rose Washington Rentie. Bank of Oklahoma is the corporate honoree.

Hazley is a retired educator who was a track coach and assistant football coach at Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa and served as principal of McClain High School.

McKeon is President and CEO of Tulsa Community College.

He helped establish the scholarship program, Tulsa Achieves, which pays tuition and fees at TCC for every high school graduate in Tulsa County who meets minimum requirements.

Payne-Nabors is the founder and CEO of MCI Diagnostic Center, a mobile cardiac care business. She is the author of "I Did It my Way and It Worked!: Redefining the Art of Entrepreneurship."

Paris is senior vice president and manager for Corporate Community Relations at Bank of Oklahoma. She is involved in many civic activities and serves on many boards.

Rentie is Executive Director of the Tulsa Economic Development Corporation. She is past board chairwoman of the Tulsa Metropolitan Urban League and has been a force in aiding and inspiring economic development in north Tulsa.

Bank of Oklahoma is the Corporate Honoree. The bank is a supporter of Links.

The Tulsa Links, established in 1965, is a nonprofit organization made up of women who work to enhance the quality of life in the community, particularly in north Tulsa. Members of the chapter underwrite programs with personal donations and fundraising efforts.

The organization also teaches life skills development — cultural enrichment classes to sixth-graders at KIPP Tulsa College Preparatory, locally sponsoring the Links' national heath poster contest for KIPP students, and providing scholarships for students. Anne Williams is chapter president, and Yvonne Hovell is gala chairperson.

For more information about the gala, call Eleanor Payne at 296-9896.

Cuisine coordinator Michael Fusco (left) stands with Orlando Hazley, Colleen Payne-Nabors, Rose Washington Rentie and Leslie Paris, on behalf of The Links, Tulsa Chapter's Spring Into Jazz Gala that takes place at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame on Thursday. CORY YOUNG / Tulsa World