Mar 11, 2010 - Tulsa 'stars' shine for Palmer programs

Tulsa 'stars' shine for Palmer programs

World Staff Writer

Thursday, March 11, 2010

The conversation is sure to be entertaining for those who won a private dinner during the third annual Dining with Tulsa Stars held recently at the Jazz Hall of Fame.

Stars who participated at the evening, a benefit for Palmer Continuum of Care Inc., included Teresa Miller, the host of OETA's "Writing Out Loud"; Howard Twilley, former University of Oklahoma All-American and wide end for the Miami Dolphins; Danny Cahill, 2009 winner of NBC's "The Biggest Loser"; Mary Kay Place, former Tulsan and award-winning actress with a recurring role in the HBO series "Big Love"; Marcello Angelini, artistic director of Tulsa Ballet; Nolan Richardson, coach of the WNBA's Tulsa Shock; Eddie Sutton, former head basketball coach at Oklahoma State University; John Wooley, author, free-lance writer and former entertainment writer for the Tulsa World; Amber Valletta, a well-known model and actress from Tulsa; Doug Wojcik, University of Tulsa men's basketball coach; and Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett.

Each celebrity was paired with a popular local restaurant that donated dinners for four.

They included Bodean's Seafood Restaurant, the Wild Fork, Local Table, KEO, Brasserie, Stonehorse, Kilkenny's, Flemings, the Warren Duck Club and the Cheesecake Factory.

Other food came from Baxter's Interurban, Mimi's Café, Silver Flame, Panera Beard, Qdoba Mexican Grill, Topeca Coffee, Warren Duck Club and Tulsa Women and Children's Center (a part of Palmer).

Jay Jackson is the chairman of the Palmer board of directors.

The sponsors were Cyclonic Valve and George Kaiser Family Foundation, gold sponsors; Magoon & Associates and Bette and Michael Graves, silver sponsors; and Bank of Oklahoma, Gable Gotwals and Heroux Helton, bronze sponsors.

Other donors were Marilyn Fooshee and Richard Cranford.

John Hamill and his jazz trio, including Max Surry and Leon Rollerson, entertained guests during the reception. Hamill was also the master of ceremonies.

The well-known auctioneer Jay Litchfield led the bidding.

Planning committee members were Kelly Sudduth; Carrie Clasen of Bank of Oklahoma; Jennifer Hurley of Gable, Gotwals; and Linda Sponsler, a communications consultant.

Among those attending were Bartlett and his wife, Victoria; John and Sarah Graves; Mark and Kirsten Graham; Bruce and Brenda Magoon; Jay and Teresa Jackson; Nancy and Bruce Bolzle; Don Bingam; Faxib and Beatrice Aamodt; Tom and Julie Allen; Marcello and Daniela Angelini; John and Janice Wooley; Nancy and John Hamill; Earle and Elizabeth Rice; Roger and Fabiola Shaw; Sheila Bradley; Bert Fisher and Laura Stauffer; Lynn and Katherine Frame; Sharon Gallagher; Mary McMahon and Lon Foster; Marilyn and Steve Fooshee; Mark and Nancy Lobo; Todd and Beth Davis; Andy and Renee Frenier; David and Carla Biggs; Walter and Carol Barnes; Ron and Judy Altman, Katherine and Lynn Frame; Debbie and Tom Grillot; Howard and Julie Twilley; Jane Walter; Linda Sponsler; Betty Stuart; Jennifer and Matt Hurley; Dell and Amy Rice; and Macey Tooke.

Palmer, a nonprofit organization for 25 years, provides substance abuse treatment to more than 1,000 people each year through programs dedicated to helping adolescents and women with their children. For more information about Palmer programs, visit .