“The best party in town,” as it is often called, is a lavish evening to revel in fine dining, lively dancing and plenty of surprises at Cox Business Center in downtown Tulsa. All Carnivale proceeds benefit Mental Health Association Oklahoma’s housing programs, among other services.
In the distance, the pulse of native drums summons all those who hear their seductive rhythm. On the deep blue horizon, a column of smoke drifts from an ancient volcanic peak. Heard but not seen, deep in the forest, exotic amphibians begin their nightly chorus of symphonic chirps. Drops of cool rain trickle down into the sea of rising ferns. Black lava sands reflect the full moon, veiled only by slow drifting fog. A mysterious silhouette greets you at the rainforest edge, and with an unspoken gesture, beckons you into the parted palms.
The Tradition Lives On.
The story of this legendary fundraiser began in 1990, when Mrs. Suzanne Warren co-chaired the inaugural Carnivale, then called Le Masquerade. The fundraiser allowed the Mental Health Association Oklahoma to open its first housing program, Walker Hall, in 1991. At that time, proceeds benefited only 12 tenants. Today, Carnivale will benefit over 1,500 mothers, fathers, sons and daughters living in our 26 apartment complexes in Tulsa and our first apartment complex in Oklahoma City.
Carnivale Tribalé 2017 will undoubtedly live up to its name as “the best party in town” and it is poised to be another record-breaking year. Become a patron today and support a cause proven to make a difference in our community.
2016 Carnivale Image Gallery
Since 1955, Mental Health Association Oklahoma has envisioned new ways to promote mental health and support those affected by mental illness in our community. Our current programs include housing for over 1,500 individuals and families, many of whom are affected by mental illness. We also offer support groups and peer support programs to provide socialization opportunities for those affected by mental illness. Our adolescent programs continue to assist thousands of youth and their families. We provide ongoing educational opportunities to our community on mental health, and we advocate on behalf of those we serve across the state of Oklahoma.
We provide almost 1,500 units of safe and affordable housing, along with access to support groups, advocacy, treatment, legal counseling and other community supports. Over the years, we have learned from the success of our tenants that the solution to homelessness is simple and effective: A place to call home and a community of people who believe in their ability to recover with treatment, peer support and social inclusion. Using this model, we are working to eliminate and prevent homelessness of people with mental illnesses and cooccurring disorders throughout Tulsa County and the Oklahoma City metro area.
For more information:
Director of Development
Saint Francis Health System
Jill and Robert Thomas
Bob and Liz Austin
Ruth K. Nelson
OSU Center for Health Sciences
Mental Health Association Oklahoma is a partner agency of Tulsa Area United Way and United Way of Central Oklahoma.