For 21 years, donors have generously supported Saint Simeon’s through the Western Days annual fundraiser. Saint Simeon’s is excited to announce that Western Days 2017: Seasons of Change will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 at Cox Business Center in Tulsa.

 Caron and Shawn Lawhorn, Event Chairs for Western Days 2017, are gearing up for this year’s event, with Lisa and Tom Schooley serving as Patron Chairs. Marcia and Ron MacLeod will serve as Auction Chairs. The event chairs, along with about 70 committee members, attended the dynamic Western Days Kickoff Party at The Restaurant at Gilcrease Museum on Tuesday, May 2.

Ellen C. and Donald B. Atkins have been selected as Honorary Chairs for Western Days 2017. Ellen C. and Donald B. Atkins are among the most long-standing, loyal, and committed supporters of Saint Simeon’s.  Their first gift to Saint Simeon’s was given in 1973.  They have consistently supported the efforts of Saint Simeon’s. Ellen’s late mother, Golden Etter Colley, was a Saint Simeon’s Resident in the early 1980’s.

Don Atkins is a Saint Simeon’s Trustee Emeritus.  His leadership as a Trustee spans from 1988 - 2003 and includes some of Saint Simeon’s greatest strides: the creation and opening of the Memory Center and the early planning of the Dotson Family Assisted Living Center.

At Western Days 2017: Seasons of Change, the Pioneer Spirit Award will be presented to Saint Simeon’s Resident Anne Lee Evans. Anne supported her husband’s call to ministry and the many associated changes. Father Bob Evans and Anne, along with their four children, led several churches in Wisconsin and Oklahoma. Father Bob and Anne moved into Saint Simeon’s in 2009, and Bob passed away in 2013. Saint Simeon’s applauds Anne Evans for her pioneering spirit in seeing her husband through his call to ministry and many changes in life.

Western Days 2017: Seasons of Change hopes to build on past success featuring a marvelous Silent Auction, as well as the always animated Live Auction. The evening will feature the traditional General Store stocked with handmade items from Saint Simeon’s Residents and volunteers, and of course, a delicious dinner. Returning to Western Days this year will be the ever-popular Raffle Ticket drawing for a $2,500 shopping spree to Utica Square. Also returning is the MosCOWBOY Mule Raffle, a cocktail purchase that doubles as a raffle entry.

For more information about Western Days 2017, visit www.westerndaysevent.com or call 918-794-1977.

 

Oklahoma has an estimated 15,000 people with Parkinson’s disease, but only one community that provides care specifically for those individuals. Saint Simeon’s Senior Community has been a forerunner in senior care in the Tulsa area. It was one of the first senior communities in Tulsa when it opened in 1960, and it opened the first memory center in the area in 1994.

It is a natural fit, then, that Saint Simeon’s is now proud to offer Parkinson’s care.

With endorsements from the Parkinson Foundation of Oklahoma and the American Parkinson Disease Association – Oklahoma Chapter, Saint Simeon’s has officially unveiled its Parkinson’s care as of April 3, 2017, in conjunction with April being Parkinson’s Awareness Month.

Saint Simeon’s nursing staff and therapy team has received Parkinson’s education and training on the disease process, including symptom management and medication regiments, as well as the benefits of therapeutic exercise and its positive effect in potentially slowing down the effects of Parkinson’s.  Members of Saint Simeon’s staff have undergone training in PWR! Moves and SpeakOut!, Parkinson’s-specific skill training programs to maintain or restore skills that may have deteriorated.

Jim Langdon, publisher of Tulsa People magazine and member of Saint Simeon’s Board of Trustees, remembers what it was like when his mother, who had a Parkinson’s-related disease, moved in to Saint Simeon’s. “I’m so happy that those with a Parkinson’s-related disease now have somewhere to go. Saint Simeon’s is stepping forward with specialized training and therapy equipment.”

Through a generous donation from the Founders of Doctors’ Hospital, Saint Simeon’s added equipment in their Wellness Center specifically for individuals with Parkinson’s. The equipment includes:

  • Core Stix, fiberglass sticks attached to a standing platform which provide a safe and effective way to strengthen the core muscles needed for postural support and function. Specific to the senior/rehab population, these devices provide a means of practicing chair stands, squats, and balancing exercises.
  • SCIFIT Recumbent Bike, attached to four core sticks stations, creating a "cluster" for neurobics exercise (exercising the brain and body simultaneously).
  • Glide Track Unweighting System, an unweighting harness used on our existing treadmill. Unweighted walking enables neurological patients to walk longer and more comfortably, allowing for gait corrections, increased speed and smoothness, longer sessions, and enhanced neurological recovery.
  • WaterFit Trampoline, an aquatic trampoline that uses water as a form of natural resistance to strengthen abdominal muscles and improve balance. The WaterFit Trampoline is used in Saint Simeon’s warm water, saline pool.

Saint Simeon’s will be holding an Open House for anyone interested in finding out more about its Parkinson’s Care on Friday, May 5 from 3:30-5:30 at Saint Simeon’s Smith Conference Room at 3701 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard in Tulsa.

Additionally, Saint Simeon’s is committed to helping caregivers of those with Parkinson’s disease. The community is partnering with the Parkinson Foundation of Oklahoma to host its annual Caregiver Luncheon on August 25 and also plans to soon incorporate a regular caregiver support group.

To find out more about the Parkinson’s Care offered at Saint Simeon’s, call 918-794-1900.

 

Saint Simeon’s Foundation is thrilled to announce that Western Days 2016: Decades of Compassion was a huge success, with more than $465,000 raised. The event, held on Tuesday, Sept. 13 under the barn lights of Cox Business Center, marked the 20th annual milestone of the fundraising event benefitting Saint Simeon's.

More than 700 people attended Western Days 2016: Decades of Compassion, which featured a marvelous Silent Auction, as well as the always entertaining Live Auction.  Live auction items ranged from a vacation for three couples at a private villa in Baja, California, an elegant evening at Polo Grill for 10 with paired wines, a dinner for 10 prepared and served by Debbie and Bishop Ed Konieczny, and “My Sweet Haven,” a 48" x 60" original oil painting on canvas by Anna Rutherford, artist.

The evening also featured the traditional General Store stocked with handmade items from Saint Simeon’s residents, and a delicious dinner prepared by Chef Devin Levine. In addition, Western Days attendees were entertained by musical performances from Shelby Eicher and the Tulsa Playboys.

Phyllis and George Dotson served as Event Chairs, with Mandy and Blake Atkins serving as Patron Chairs. Lisa and Tom Schooley served as Auction Chairs. The Rt. Rev. Dr. Edward J. Konieczny and Lindsay Hurley Fick were celebrated as Honorary Chairs. Bishop Konieczny has served as Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma for nearly 10 years and was also honored as being Chairman of the Saint Simeon’s Home Board of Trustees and as Chairman of the Saint Simeon’s Foundation Board of Trustees for 10 years.

Lindsay Hurley Fick joined Saint Simeon’s as President and CEO in 2006.  Her decade of guidance and leadership has meant great strides for Saint Simeon’s.

The Pioneer Spirit Award was presented to Saint Simeon’s Resident John Brooks Walton. John is known locally as Tulsa’s most famous living architect and is author of several books, including One Hundred Historic Tulsa Homes. Most recently, John’s skill of painting has been a growing passion, and dozens of his paintings line the walls of his apartment and a dining room at Saint Simeon’s.

Wildcatter Underwriting Sponsors of Western Days were Phyllis and George Dotson.

Oil Baron Presenting Sponsors included the DeKraai Family Fund, The Rt. Rev. Dr. Edward J. Konieczny – The Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma, and William S. Smith.

Tool Pusher Sponsors included a gift from an Anonymous donor, Phyllis and Steve Anderson, Ellen and Don Atkins, the E. L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation, the Ralph and Frances McGill Foundation, and the Sherman E. Smith Family Foundation.

Driller Sponsors included gifts from Bank of Oklahoma, the H.A. and Mary K. Chapman Charitable Trusts, John and Lucy Barker, William L. Berry, Debbie Cadieux, David O. Hogan, Don Carlton Honda, George Kaiser Family Foundation, Hardesty Family Foundation, Hille Foundation, Caron and Shawn Lawhorn, Rob and Mary Martinovich, Lou and Connie Miller Charitable Foundation, ONE Gas, ONEOK, The Oxley Foundation, Trust Company of Oklahoma, and WPX Energy.

 

For 20 years, donors have generously supported Saint Simeon’s, Tulsa’s Senior Community, through the Western Days annual fundraiser. Western Days 2016: Decades of Compassion will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016 at Cox Business Center. Western Days 2016: Decades of Compassion will aptly celebrate the compassionate care that has been the hallmark of Saint Simeon’s over many decades. For two decades, Western Days has raised funds to support operations of Saint Simeon’s Episcopal Home.

Phyllis and George Dotson, Event Chairs and Saint Simeon’s Trustees, are rounding up the ranch hands for this year’s event, with Mandy and Blake Atkins, Executive Vice-Chairman of the Saint Simeon’s Home Board of Trustees, serving as Patron Chairs. Lisa and Tom Schooley, Saint Simeon’s Home Board Trustee, will serve as Auction Chairs. The event chairs, along with about 70 committee members, attended the dynamic Western Days Kickoff Party at The Restaurant at Gilcrease Museum on Wednesday, April 27.

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Edward J. Konieczny and Lindsay Hurley Fick have been selected as Honorary Chairs. For the past decade, these Honorary Chairs have led the Trustees and staff of Saint Simeon’s with excellence. “Bishop Ed” Konieczny is being celebrated for 10 years as the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma. Saint Simeon’s is also grateful for his leadership as Chair of the Saint Simeon’s Home and Foundation Boards. Lindsay Hurley Fick is being honored for 10 years as President and CEO of Saint Simeon’s.

Event Chairs George and Phyllis Dotson were thrilled to introduce Bishop Ed and Lindsay Fick and beloved Resident John Brooks Walton, who will receive the Pioneer Spirit Award at the event.

“Bishop Ed and Lindsay Fick have provided outstanding leadership for the great success of Saint Simeon’s, and their recognition is well deserved,” said George Dotson, Event Chair, at the Kickoff Party.

This year, the Pioneer Spirit Award will be presented to Saint Simeon’s Resident John Brooks Walton. John is known locally as Tulsa’s most famous living architect and is author of several books, including One Hundred Historic Tulsa Homes. Most recently, John’s hobby of painting has been a growing passion, and dozens of his paintings line the walls of his apartment and a dining room at Saint Simeon’s.

Western Days 2016: Decades of Compassion hopes to build on past success featuring a marvelous Silent Auction, as well as the always entertaining Live Auction. The evening will feature the traditional General Store stocked with handmade items from Saint Simeon’s Residents and volunteers, and of course, a delicious dinner.

For more information about Western Days 2016, visit www.westerndaysevent.com or call 918-794-1977.

Lunch & Learn Program

Saint Simeon's offers educational programs for communities and groups throughout northeastern Oklahoma. Benefit from the knowledge of our professional staff with a customized presentation, aimed at addressing a diverse group of questions and concerns related to aging. Potential presenters include Dr. Mary Nole, Wellness Center Director; Sue Slama, Director of Nursing; and Lindsay Hurley Fick, President and CEO.

Saint Simeon's offers two options for presenting these educational topics:

  1. Bring your group to our beautiful campus situated in Tulsa's Osage Hills. We would be happy to host your group for a free, delicious lunch prepared by our chef.
  2. We will come to you. Our speaker will be happy to visit a location that is convenient for your group.

Educational Topics Available from Saint Simeon's Staff:

  • Exercise 101: It's Not as Hard as You Think
  • How to Feel Younger Next Year: Redefining Aging
  • Muscular Strength for the Aging (+Balance and Posture for Seniors)
  • Living Through Grief: The 5 Stages of Loss
  • The Life-Giving Work of Plants and Animals in the Lives of Seniors
  • Recognizing Early Signs of Alzheimer's Disease
  • Social and Mental Stimulation Tactics to Slow the Effects of Alzheimer's
  • Offering Support to Individuals with Parkinson's Disease
  • Criteria to consider when selecting an Assisted Living Community or Long-Term Care Community
  • The In's and Out's of Long-Term insurance

Please contact Lindsay Morris, Marketing Coordinator, for details at 918-794-1945 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Saint Simeon’s Foundation is thrilled to announce that Western Days 2014: OKLAHOMA! Our Home is Grand! was an huge success, with more than $514,000 raised. The event, held on Tuesday, Sept. 9 atCentral Park Hall at Expo Square,marked the 18th annual milestone of the fundraising event benefitting the privately managed, nonprofit, senior living community that is home to men and women of all faiths.

More than 700 people attended Western Days 2014: OKLAHOMA! Our Home is Grand!, which featured a marvelous Silent Auction, as well as the always entertaining Live Auction, led by volunteer auctioneer Tommy Williams. Live auction items ranged from a dinner prepared by local Episcopal priests, a tour of the CBS News headquarters in Manhattan with veteran journalist Scott Pelley, son-in-law of Saint Simeon’s residents Dr. Reece and Mrs. Ruth Boone, and getaways to beautiful vacation homes in the Texas Hill Country, Washington, D.C., and Ruidoso, N.M.

The evening also featured the traditional General Store stocked with handmade items from residents, and a delicious dinner. In addition, Western Days attendees were entertained by musical performances from Oklahoma! the musical.

An addition to Western Days this year was a game called “Money on the Line.” Guests could purchase a clothespin for $20, and at the end of the evening, Event Chair Jim Bender dropped all of the clothespins off a platform into a bucket. One clothespin was drawn as the winner, and that guest, Judy Roberts, won half the earnings from the game. Roberts generously opted to split her prize earnings as donations to both Saint Simeon’s and the Assistance League of Tulsa.

Kristin and Jim Bender served as Event Chairs, with June Patton and David Hogan serving as Chairs Elect. Lucy and John Barker served as Patron Chairs. Margaret and Ross Swimmer were selected as Honorary Chairs and were celebrated for their long-time guidance and support of Saint Simeon’s.

The Pioneer Spirit Award was presented to Saint Simeon’s Resident Mable Rice in celebration of her dedication to minority rights and community development in Tulsa. Rice worked as a founder and developer of Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, North Tulsa Heritage Foundation, the Greenwood Cultural Center and the Business and Industrial Development Corporation in an effort to preserve the rich history of the Greenwood District.

King Wildcatter Underwriting sponsor of Western Days was the H.A. and Mary K. Chapman Charitable Trust. Wildcatter Underwriting sponsors of Western Days were Phyllis and George Dotson and the Ralph and Frances McGill Foundation.

Oil Baron Presenting Sponsors included a gift from an Anonymous donor, Phyllis and Steve Anderson, John and Lucy Barker, Pat and Malcolm Deisenroth, the George Kaiser Family Foundation, Will Smith and WPX Energy.

Tool Pusher sponsors were the Rt. Rev. Dr. Edward Konieczny and the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma and the Hille Foundation.

Driller sponsors included gifts from Don and Ellen Atkins, Robin Ballenger, Bank of Oklahoma, Kristin and Jim Bender, William Berry, Don Carlton Honda, E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation, Hall Estill, Attorneys at Law, Caron and Shawn Lawhorn, Lou and Connie Miller Charitable Foundation, the Jane Murray Family, ONE Gas, ONEOK, Staghorn Energy, LLC, Margaret and Ross Swimmer and Trust Company of Oklahoma.

September 13, 2013

Saint Simeon’s Foundation is thrilled to announce that Western Days 2013: Take Me Back to Tulsa! was an huge success, with early totals indicating more than $550,000 raised. The event, held on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at Central Park Hall at Expo Square,marked the 17th annual milestone of the fundraising event. Funds raised through Western Days directly support capital investments at Saint Simeon’s.

“The gracious support of Saint Simeon’s patrons means a great deal to us,” said Blake Atkins, who chaired the event with his wife Mandy. “Each gift will be put to good use at Saint Simeon’s.”

Approximately 700 people attended Western Days 2013: Take Me Back to Tulsa!, which featured a marvelous Silent Auction with well over 100 items, as well as the always entertaining Live Auction, led by volunteer auctioneer Tommy Williams. Live auction items ranged from tickets for four to the University of Oklahoma vs. Notre Dame game, including private plane transportation to South Bend; a tour of the CBS News headquarters with veteran journalist Scott Pelley, son-in-law of Saint Simeon’s residents Dr. Reece and Mrs. Ruth Boone; and getaways to beautiful vacation homes in the Texas Hill Country, the Rocky Mountains, and Ruidoso, N.M.

The evening also featured the traditional General Store stocked with handmade items from residents, and a delicious dinner. In addition, Western Days attendees were entertained by a musical performance by Shelby Eicher and his full 12-person band, The Tulsa Playboys.

Mandy and Blake Atkins served as Event Chairs, and Phyllis and George Dotson served as Patron Committee Chairs. Rev. Irv Cutter once again served as emcee for the event. William S. Smith was selected as Honorary Chair, and celebrated for his long-time leadership, friendship, guidance and support of Saint Simeon’s.

This year, the Pioneer Spirit Award was presented to Saint Simeon’s Resident Marie Millar in appreciation of her dedication over the last 10 years to crafting thousands of beautiful items to sell as Western Days auction and General Store items.

Saint Simeon’s would like to extend special appreciation to Doug Crain and Flying Colors for their work on crafting a video featuring Saint Simeon’s residents and families. The gift-in-kind video was created in honor of Don Atkins and Blake Atkins.

King Wildcatter Underwriting sponsor of Western Days was the H.A. and Mary K. Chapman Charitable Trust. Wildcatter Underwriting sponsors of Western Days were Phyllis and George Dotson, Scott and Sarah Dotson Mathews, the Ralph and Frances McGill Foundation, and the Sherman E. Smith Family Foundation.

Oil Baron Presenting Sponsors included a gift from an Anonymous donor, Phyllis and Steve Anderson, Pat and Malcolm Deisenroth, and the George Kaiser Family Foundation.

Tool Pusher sponsors were John and Lucy Barker, Frank and Gayle Eby, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Edward J. Konieczny – the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma, the Hille Foundation, the Link Oil Company, and WPX Energy.

Driller sponsors included gifts from Anchor Stone Co., Ellen and Donald Atkins, Mandy and Blake Atkins, the Baker/Clausing families, Robin Flint Ballenger, Bank of Oklahoma, William Berry, Debbie and Chester Cadieux, Don Carlton Honda, Joan Flint, E. L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation, Caron and Shawn Lawhorn, Patsy Lyon, Lou and Connie Miller Charitable Foundation, the Jane Murray Family, ONEOK, Inc., and Margaret and Ross Swimmer.

Others in the crowd included Debbie and Bishop Ed Konieczny, Phyllis and Steve Anderson, Ellen and Donald Atkins, Kristin and Jim Bender (chairs elect for 2014), Rev. Irving and Andrea Cutter, Pat Deisenroth, Phyllis and George Dotson, Donna and Will Farrior, Toni Garner, Helen Jo and Jim Hardwick, Mary Ann Hille, Nancy and Hank Harbaugh, Hans and Lea Helmerich, Leslie and Stephen Lake, Jim Langdon and Juley Rolfers, Marcia and Ron MacLeod, Marilyn Morris, Jane Pelley, Rev. Canon John Powers, Ross and Margaret Swimmer, and Becky and David York.

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A portion of Saint Simeon’s Gazebo Courtyard has been transformed into a home for butterflies. Saint Simeon's hosted the dedication of the Marilynn Lane Memorial Garden on Saturday, May 30 at 2 p.m. Mrs. Lane, who was a former Resident of Saint Simeon’s, is being honored by her husband Don, whose generous gift made the butterfly garden possible.

The Butterfly Garden adds even more color and life to Saint Simeon’s already vibrant Gazebo Courtyard. The garden is complete with a metal butterfly bench designed by Lisa Regan of Garden Deva and plants and flowers that are known to attract butterflies. Additionally, Darin Berryhill of Berryhill Ornamental Iron created a trellis for the garden. Sixty-four butterflies were released during the garden's dedication, and it is hoped that many of them will choose to make the garden their new home.

David Walker, Education Supervisor of Informal Programs for the Tulsa Zoo, designed the space. Walker generously donated his time and talent, and knowledge of butterflies, to create a garden of lasting beauty and benefit for butterflies. Steve Nessler of Newlawn and Landscape installed and planted the garden. Sarah Matson Westover, artist, created a special piece to be installed indoors near the garden. It serves as a reminder of Marilynn’s spirit when the garden is dormant. Entertainment during the dedication was provided by accordion player Frank Gesinski in honor of Mrs. Lane, who was an avid accordion player.

“Marilynn and I both gratefully appreciated the care and attention she received during her final five months at Saint Simeon’s,” said Don Lane, Butterfly Garden Benefactor. “During her time at Saint Simeon’s, we enjoyed Simone the golden retriever, the gardens, peacocks, and church services with such a great priest, Father Bill Holly. Marilynn always said, ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’ She would have loved the butterfly garden with the release of the butterflies, which share her love for travel.”

Saint Simeon’s Foundation is thrilled to announce that Western Days 2015: Celebrating Saint Simeon’s, Where Caring Really Matters, was a huge success with over $500,000 raised. The event, held on Tuesday, Sept. 15 at Central Park Hall at Expo Square, marked the 19th annual milestone of the fundraising event benefiting Saint Simeon's.

Nearly 700 people attended Western Days 2015: Celebrating Saint Simeon’s, Where Caring Really Matters, which featured a marvelous silent auction, as well as the always entertaining live auction, led by volunteer auctioneer, Tommy Williams. Live auction items ranged from a traditional multi-course Polish dinner prepared by Debbie and Bishop Ed Konieczny, a private dinner for 10 and tour of Gilcrease Museum’s archival collection with Gilcrease Museum’s new Executive Director, James Pepper Henry, getaways to beautiful vacation homes in Washington, D.C. and Ruidoso, N.M., a tour of Tulsa’s Marshall Brewing Company with founder Eric Marshall, accompanied by a beer tasting and South American cuisine, a nine-course chef’s tasting for 10 with paired wines at Polo Grill, a flower design class for 12 taught by Toni Garner of Toni’s Flowers, and a trout fishing experience at Spring Valley Anglers, a private fishing club in Northwest Arkansas.

The evening also featured the traditional General Store stocked with handmade items from residents, and a delicious dinner. In addition, Western Days attendees were entertained by music from the Shelby Eicher Band. Donations raised during Lots of Love giving at Western Days will go towards a new physical therapy room at Saint Simeon’s. Guests also enjoyed a video highlighting residents, staff, trustees, and family members expressing why “Celebrating Saint Simeon's – Where Caring Really Matters” was the perfect theme for this year's event!"

June Patton and David Hogan served as Event Chairs, with Donna and Will Farrior serving as Patron Chairs. Karen and Rick Garren were selected as Honorary Chairs and were celebrated for their long-time volunteerism and support of Saint Simeon’s.

The Pioneer Spirit Award was presented to Saint Simeon’s Resident Jim Dempster. Jim exemplifies the spirit of volunteerism, serving on the Saint Simeon’s Peggy V. Helmerich Library Committee, and also having served as a number of years as a Gillie, Gilcrease Museum’s volunteer program. Jim also started a husbands’ support group for men whose wives were experiencing memory loss issues.

King Wildcatter Underwriting sponsor of Western Days was the H.A. and Mary K. Chapman Charitable Trust. Wildcatter Underwriting sponsors were Phyllis and George Dotson, the E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation, and the Ralph and Frances McGill Foundation.

Oil Baron Presenting Sponsors included gifts from Phyllis and Steve Anderson, The Flint Sisters: Robin Ballenger, Patricia M. Flint, and Susan Flint Seay, and William S. Smith.

Tool Pusher sponsors included an Anonymous donor, Ellen and Don Atkins in memory of Golden Colley, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Edward Konieczny and the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma, the George Kaiser Family Foundation, and WPX Energy.

Driller sponsors were Bank of Oklahoma, John and Lucy Barker, William L. Berry, Barbara and Arlo DeKraai, Don Carlton Honda, The Hille Foundation, Inasmuch Foundation, Kelly and Tony Jezek, Caron and Shawn Lawhorn, Lou and Connie Miller Charitable Foundation, the Jane and Clay Murray Family, ONE Gas, ONEOK, Staghorn Energy, LLC, Charles and Peggy Stephenson Family Foundation, and Trust Company of Oklahoma.

LeadingAge Oklahoma awarded two individuals associated with Saint Simeon’s at its annual awards ceremony on March 10, 2015 at the Oklahoma History Museum in Oklahoma City.

Dr. Mary Nole, Wellness Director at Saint Simeon’s, was recognized with the Terry Clark Outstanding Leader in Aging Award. This honor is bestowed on an individual employed at a LeadingAge Oklahoma member community who positively impacts the aging services profession. Dr. Nole was honored for her lifelong commitment to improving the physical well-being of senior adults, which includes her five years as the Wellness Director at Saint Simeon’s state-of-the-art Moody Wellness Center. Dr. Nole has been a leader in ushering in a dramatic mind-shift when it comes to exercise and older adults. At Saint Simeon’s, she encourages Residents in every area of the community – including nursing care and memory care – to exercise.

Vernon Stanton, Saint Simeon’s resident, was recognized as the LeadingAge Resident Volunteer of the Year. The Volunteer of the Year award is bestowed upon one volunteer for outstanding contributions that result in positive changes for a facility. The Wellness Center staff has come to rely on Mr. Stanton’s assistance in the Wellness Center, which enables Saint Simeon’s to serve as many residents in exercise classes as possible. Mr. Stanton escorts Residents when it’s time for their exercise class, leads them through the weight-lifting routine, encourages them throughout classes, and is able to speak to them on a peer-to-peer level, even sharing his own story of coming to Saint Simeon’s near death and his vast physical improvements.

During an extraordinary “Moveable Feast” held in the wine cellar of Polo Grill on Sunday, February 9, Saint Simeon’s patrons funded a “Moveable Treat” – a new passenger van to transport the residents of the Tulsa senior community. The fundraiser was a huge success with donors contributing more than $77,000.

Saint Simeon’s, a mission of the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma, was honored to have Debbie and Bishop Ed Konieczny offer the creation of the menu based on their own recipes. The couple also helped prepare the meal along with Proprietor/Chef Robert Merrifield, Chef Justin Donaldson and Chef Omar Galban from Polo Grill. The exquisite menu featured nine courses paired with selected wines by Robert Merrifield.

Remarks throughout the evening were given by George Dotson, President of the Saint Simeon’s Foundation, who expressed gratitude to Robert Merrifield, Saint Simeon’s Foundation Trustee, and Bishop Ed Konieczny, Chair of the Saint Simeon’s Home and Foundation Boards, and his wife, Debbie, for a remarkable evening and successful fundraiser. He thanked the many patrons for their generous support which ensured the financial success of the event.

Others in attendance included Phyllis and Steve Anderson; Debbie Baker; Robin Ballenger and Life Enrichment’s Teresa Reno; Lucy and John Barker; Saint Simeon’s Foundation’s Carolyn and Jack Blair; Kathryn Burke with guests the Rev. Bob and Joan Wickizer; Anne Cleveland; Revelle Clausing; Bryan Close with guests Janet McGehee and Donna and Jim Ogez; Allison Cotton; Andrea and the Rev. Irv Cutter; Mary Dotson; Phyllis and George Dotson; Will and Donna Farrior; Lindsay and Ron Fick; Greg Gray and Sharon Bell; Helen Jo and Jim Hardwick; Saint Simeon’s Foundation’s Kayci Hebard; David Hogan and June Patton; Meg and Warren Hubler; Kelly and Tony Jezek; Beth and Ben Latham; Patsy Lyon; Rob Lyon, Jr. and Peggy Grant; Marilyn Morris; Millie Millspaugh; the Rev. Canon John Powers; Becky and the Rev. Shelby Scott; Margaret and Ross Swimmer; and Priscilla Tate. Patrons who were unable to attend included Rita Bell, Kristin and Jim Bender, Pat Deisenroth, Mary Ann Hille, Leslie and Steve Lake, Caron and Shawn Lawhorn, and Ramon Prange.

During the event, George Dotson, on behalf of the Saint Simeon’s Foundation, presented plaques commemorating the event to Debbie and Bishop Ed Konieczny, Robert Merrifield, and Michael Funk, General Manager, and his staff of Polo Grill. Bishop Konieczny also presented each guest with individually carved palm crosses in gratitude for their generous support of Saint Simeon’s. The beautiful crosses were made from a single unique piece of grained olive wood pruned from the olive trees around Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus. Debbie and Bishop Ed secured the wood palm crosses during their travels to the Holy Land.

All 54 guests raved about the unique event and the hosts who made it so special. “At the end of ‘A Moveable Feast,’ a round of applause greeted Debbie and Bishop Edward Konieczny, Robert Merrifield, Michael Funk, the other Polo Grill chefs and staff in thanksgiving for an extraordinary evening of fine dining all for a wonderful cause – to raise funds for a new “moveable treat” for the residents of Saint Simeon’s to enjoy – a new passenger van,” commented Saint Simeon’s Foundation Trustee Phyllis Dotson.

“ ‘A Moveable Feast’ featured an amazing dinner organized and prepared by the Bishop and his wife, Debbie, along with Robert Merrifield and his staff at the Polo Grill that included great food, wine, and supporters of Saint Simeon’s. It was a terrific evening of mingling with good friends and supporters of the great cause that is Saint Simeon’s,” said Saint Simeon’s Foundation Trustee John Barker.

“I’m so proud to be associated with Saint Simeon’s, which operates a first-class retirement community with dignity and respect for all,” said Saint Simeon’s Foundation Trustee Marilyn Morris. “When I donate money to Saint Simeon’s for various needs, I know the money will be used exactly as it was intended to be used. You can be certain that this organization operates with the highest level of integrity with the residents and their families, the staff, and all guests who find themselves on the campus of Saint Simeon’s.”

Dust off your cowboy hat – Western Days 2014: OKLAHOMA!: Our Home is Grand! will be held on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at Central Park Hall at Expo Square. Saint Simeon’s Western Days is “The World’s Greatest Auction and Dinner,” and OKLAHOMA! Our Home is Grand!marks the 18th annual milestone of this fundraising event to benefit Saint Simeon’s Foundation.

Kristin and Jim Bender, Event Chairs, are already rounding up the ranch hands for this year’s event, with Lucy and John Barker serving as Patron Chairs and June Patton and David Hogan serving as Chairs Elect. Margaret and Ross Swimmer have been selected as Honorary Chairs, and will be celebrated for their long-time guidance and support of Saint Simeon’s.

This year, the Pioneer Spirit Award will be presented to Saint Simeon’s Resident Mable Rice in celebration of her dedication to minority rights and community development in Tulsa. Rice worked as a founder and developer of Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, North Tulsa Heritage Foundation, the Greenwood Cultural Center and the Business and Industrial Development Corporation in an effort to preserve the rich history of the Greenwood District.

On Tuesday, April 29, Event Co-Chair Kristin Bender hosted the OKLAHOMA! Our Home is Grand! Kickoff Party at the Tulsa Tennis Club. Kick-off party attendees were entertained by Jared Jirele, a member of the Tulsa Opera Chorus who jumpstarted the party with a lively rendition of songs from Oklahoma! the musical. Advisory, Patron and Steering Committee Members enjoyed a superb dinner by the Palate Catering as they made plans to ensure that OKLAHOMA! Our Home is Grand! will be the most successful Western Days on record.

At the kick-off party, Kristin Bender thanked Margaret and Ross Swimmer for their abiding service to Saint Simeon’s. Bender remarked, “Saint Simeon’s could not ask for better friends than Margaret and Ross. Margaret is a long-time member of the Foundation Board of Trustees and currently serves as fundraising chair. She and Ross chaired Western Days 2012, setting a new fundraising record for the event.”

Western Days 2014: OKLAHOMA! Our Home is Grand! hopes to build on past success featuring a marvelous Silent Auction with well over 100 items, as well as the always entertaining Live Auction, led by volunteer auctioneer Tommy Williams of Williams, Williams and McKissick Real Estate Auction Company in Tulsa. The evening features the traditional General Store stocked with handmade items from Saint Simeon’s Residents and a delicious dinner. The evening will also feature a much-coveted raffle drawing.

Committee Members are busy working to explore every option to secure live and silent auction items. As preparations continue, Saint Simeon’s would like to remind everyone of the many ways to help make OKLAHOMA! Our Home is Grand! a success. You can help by:

  • Serving as a sponsor, with sponsorships ranging from $50,000 to $500;
  • Donating an item or service for silent or live auctions;
  • Purchasing individual reservations at $75 each; and
  • Attending OKLAHOMA! Our Home is Grand! on Tuesday, September 9, 2014!

If you are interested in any of the above, or if you would like to discuss other ways you can help, please contact Carolyn Blair, Executive Director of the Foundation, at (918) 794-1937 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Western Days 2014 will support operations of Saint Simeon’s, including helping to provide a highly trained and experienced nursing team, magnificently landscaped courtyards, a resident-driven gardening club, an on-site therapy dog and even a family of colorful peacocks.

Patron Committee Members are Phyllis and Steve Anderson, Mandy and Blake Atkins, Phyllis and George Dotson, Sarah and Paul Dougherty, Jane and Lowell Faulkenberry, Helen Jo and Jim Hardwick, David Hogan and June Patton, Kelly and Tony Jezek, Leslie and Stephen Lake, Caron and Shawn Lawhorn, Rob Lyon, Jr., and Will Smith.

Advisory Committee members are Ellen and Don Atkins, Debbie Baker, Raymond Batchelor, Anne and Robert Burlingame, Revelle Clausing, Janice and Jay Cline, Mary Deisenroth, Pat Deisenroth, Jim Dempster, Anne Evans, Donna and Will Farrior, Earlene Gathright, Jim Geurin and Jill Warnock, Nancy and Jim Gustine, Brenda Haesloop, Elaine and Ted Hanner, Marlo and The Rev. Bill Holly, Debbie and Bishop Ed Konieczny, Deborah and Dorian Kurin, Judy Lawson, Susan and Mark Lyons, Marcia and Ron MacLeod, Lindsey and Fr. Stephen McKee, Donna and Robert Merrifield, Millie Millspaugh, Jimmie and Ed Monnet, Dona and Judge Joe Morris, Annette and Kevin Murray, The Rev. Canon Jack Powers, Peggy and Tom Schroedter, Priscilla Tate, and Becky and David York.

Steering Committee Members are Karen and John Abney, Sheri Colpitt, Andrea and Rev. Irving Cutter, Mary Dotson, Toni Garner, Karen and Richard Garren, Marilyn Morris, Ann and Britt Radford, Toni Rizley, and Trudy and Tommy Williams.

Senior Non Profit

April 24, 2013

Saint Simeon’s has been named winner in the Senior category of the Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence (ONE) Awards presented by the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits. As winner of the category, Saint Simeon’s, a multi-level senior community in Tulsa, has received a generous $7,500 award from the H. A. and Mary K. Chapman Charitable Trust.

Saint Simeon’s was one of 24 nonprofit finalists at the ONE Awards dinner at Tulsa’s Southern Hills Country Club on April 20. Finalists were divided into eight mission categories – Seniors, Arts and Humanities, Community, Education, Health Services, Self-Sufficiency, Sports and Recreation, and Youth Development. Saint Simeon’s extends its warm congratulations to the overall winner of the Charles Schusterman Award for Excellence, Tulsa’s own Little Lighthouse.

“As a senior living community of choice for Oklahomans, Saint Simeon’s is honored to be awarded Nonprofit of the Year in the Senior category,” said Lindsay Hurley Fick, President and CEO of Saint Simeon’s. “We are thankful to be recognized for fulfilling Saint Simeon’s mission, offering superior care and service to the seniors we are privileged to serve.”

Out of approximately 19,000 nonprofits statewide, only 24 were named finalists.

The ONE Awards were underwritten, in part, by The Barnett Family Foundation; The H.A. and Mary K. Chapman Charitable Trust; Chesapeake Energy Corporation; Devon Energy Corporation; George Kaiser Family Foundation; Herman Kaiser Foundation; Moran Family Foundation; Potts Family Foundation; Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation; and the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation.

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