By Darla Shelden
The Seventh Annual Red Feather Gala to benefit the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 in the Grand Ballroom at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, (formerly the Cox Center) 1 Myriad Gardens. All money raised will go to expanding services at the clinic to meet the growing need for patient care.
Special guests Oklahoma governor and former first lady, Brad and Kim Henry, will be honored during a special ceremony with the Spirit of the Urban Indian Award for their contribution and lifetime dedication to American Indians in Oklahoma.
During the festivities, the Henrys will be blessed with an honor song and will receive a traditional Pendleton blanket and shawl to thank them for their service to the community.
“Through their work in children’s health and education, Mr. and Mrs. Henry have shown they are a voice for the underserved American Indian population,” said Oklahoma City Indian Clinic CEO Robyn Sunday-Allen. “They are valuable partners in the success of the clinic, and we are honored to recognize them with our most prestigious award.”
During the evening, guests will take part in a friendship dance led by the beat of a large ceremonial drum, and there will be both a silent and live auction featuring the work of local American Indian artists.
“Several known Indian and contemporary artists are donating pieces for the silent auction, but we are most excited about the live painting exhibition by Bunky Echo-Hawk and Micah Wesley. Micah Wesley is very familiar with our clinic and we are so excited that his contribution to the Red Feather Gala will spur enthusiasm for our mission and give patrons a chance to acquire a superior piece of commemorative art,” said Sunday-Allen.
”I’ve been going to the Clinic since 2009 and my doctor is a swell guy and a straight shooter who doesn’t sugar coat anything. I dig a cat like that,” said Micah Wesley, artist, curator and DJ. “I haven’t ever done a live paint with Bunky, or live-painted in Oklahoma City, but it’s what I do.”
“My son, Mariano, was injured in the Oklahoma bombing. We lived three blocks away from the Murrah building and our home was blown up, we lost everything,” said artist Yolanda White Antelope, owner of Oklahoma Native Art & Jewelry Gallery. “The bombing blew him out of bed and he landed on his knee injuring it badly. He had one surgery here in Oklahoma City, but the affects of his injuries were ongoing.”
“The specialist who Mariano needed to see for another surgery was in Connecticut and we had no way to fund this trip. We went to the Red Feather Gala, where I donate items each year for the art auction, and entered a drawing for two round trip airline tickets. I’ll be darned if I didn’t win, so we were able to go to Connecticut. I love the Gala and what they represent and thanks to them my son was able to have the surgery he needed,” said White Antelope.
Donations, which are tax deductable, will be used to increase service capacity and create a larger community of wellness and care.
For ticket information or to purchase a table for the gala, go to okcic.com and click on the Red Feather Gala invitation.
The Oklahoma City Indian Clinic (OKCIC) was established in 1974 to provide high-quality health care and wellness services to urban Indians in central Oklahoma. The clinic staff cares for more than 20,000 patients from more than 224 federally recognized tribes every year.
Indians from across the state can receive a range of services, including medical, dental, prenatal, pharmacy, optometry, physical fitness, family programs and behavioral and substance abuse treatment.
“The Oklahoma City Indian Clinic has been amazing in reaching out to the Native American community through their various medical programs and events. I’m looking forward to seeing the positive outcomes the clinic and their patients will have as their programs continue to grow,” said Krista Montafur, former OKCIC medical appointment clerk and member of the Chickasaw Nation tribe of Oklahoma.
For more information about the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic, located at 4913 West Reno Avenue, visit www.okcic.com.
7th Annual Red Feather Gala to honor Brad and Kim Henry during special ceremony
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