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The Event

Saturday, March 24, 2018
Cox Business Center - Downtown Tulsa
Cocktails & Entertainment Commence at
Six Thirty in the Evening
Black Tie Attire
Complimentary Valet Parking

“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.

While Carnivale has always been known as the “Best Party in Town” — it also supports one of the most important causes in town. The fight to end homelessness, especially for our veterans, has become more important than ever. The work of the Association has been at the forefront of this mission for decades, and continues to make strides to provide housing, educate the public and remove the stigmas of mental illness.

Making History

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 benefitted only 12 tenants. Today, Carnivale will benefit mothers, fathers, sons and daughters living in our 24 apartment complexes in Tulsa and our apartment complex in Oklahoma City.

Carnivale 2018 will capture the relentless spirit of a WWII-era victory celebration. Be prepared to set sail on the voyage of a lifetime with a crew of amped up Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy-style performances and a victory celebration to support those confronting mental illness and homelessness—particularly our veterans.

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2017 Carnivale Tribalé

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The Cause


Our Mission

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 2,800 individuals and families, many of whom are affected by mental illness. We also offer 11 support groups and peer support programs in Tulsa and Oklahoma City 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.

The Cause

We provide more than 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 co-occurring disorders throughout Tulsa County and the Oklahoma City metro area.

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2018 Event Chairs

Shiela & Ted Haynes

2018 Committee

Stephanie & Jack Allen

Shelly & Alan Armstrong

Robert Babcock & Bill Major

Monica Basu

Mollie & JW Craft

Susan Crenshaw

Becky & Jack Frank

Sue Jenkins

Angel & Stacy Kymes

Adriane & Phil Lakin

Caron & Shawn Lawhorn

April & Sid McAnnally

Karol & David Page

Cheena Pazzo

Jill & Robert Thomas

Susan & William Thomas

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Sponsor Levels

  • VIP Seating
  • 2 Tables, 20 Seats
  • Pre-Event Publicity
  • VIP Listing on All Event Materials
  • Invitation to Patron Party
  • Honorary Seating
  • 2 Tables, 20 Seats
  • Pre-Event Publicity
  • Invitation Listing
  • Program Listing
  • Invitation to Patron Party
  • Celebrity Seating
  • 1 Table, 10 Seats
  • Pre-Event Publicity
  • Program Listing
  • Invitation to Patron Party
  • Priority Seating for 6
  • Pre-Event Publicity
  • Program Listing
  • Preferred Seating for 4
  • Pre-Event Publicity
  • Program Listing
  • 2 Seats
  • Pre-Event Publicity
  • Program Listing


For custom sponsorship packages above $60,000, please contact Lisa Turner.



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Presenting Patron

George Kaiser Family Foundation

Premier Patron

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma

Joe and Kelly Craft

Robert and Jill Thomas

Bill and Susan Thomas

Triple Crown Energy

The Zarrow Families Foundation

Gold Patron


Liz Austin

The Chickasaw Nation

George and Phyllis Dotson

Hardesty Family Foundation

Hyatt Regency Tulsa

Jim and Suzanne Kneale

John Steele Zink Foundation

One Gas, Inc.

Ruth K. Nelson

St. John Health System


Mollie Williford

Silver Patron

John R. Arend

Bank of Oklahoma

Dan Burnstein

Coretz Family Foundation

Ted and Shiela Haynes

Philip and Miranda Kaiser

Nadel and Gussman, LLC

OSU Medicine


David and Tamra Sheehan

Bronze Patron

Barnett Family Foundation

Breeze Investments

CBRE, Inc.

Patricia Chernicky

Jeff and Connie Cope

Jackie Cooper Imports

Shawn and Caron Lawhorn

Jolene Sanditen

Copper Patron


Jeff and Judy Alexander

Anchor Stone Co.


Monica Basu and Todd Brown


Meredith Davison and Richard Wansley

Gentner and Wendy Drummond

Wade and Charlotte Edmundson

Helmerich & Payne, Inc.

Stacy and Angel Kymes

Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores

Joe and Carol McGraw

Stonebridge Group LLC

VOY Construction

Shane and Lori Wharton

Friends of Carnivale


John and Wendi Fralick

Philip Friedl and JoAnn Ryan

Robert and Susan Mase

John and Julie Nickel

Peter M. Walter

Richard and JoAnn Winn