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A Stately Affair celebrates OSU in Tulsa by Honoring the Past and Building the Future

OSU Center for Health Sciences to celebrate community support during A Stately Affair in Tulsa

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Oklahoma State University-Tulsa and OSU Center for Health Sciences are hosting their fifth biennial fundraiser ‘A Stately Affair in Tulsa’ on May 16 at the Cox Business Center.

This year, the gala marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of Oklahoma State University-Tulsa and the 30thanniversary of OSU Center for Health Sciences joining the OSU system.

“This will really be a night to celebrate OSU in Tulsa,” Jay Helm, co-chair for the benefit gala  and chairman of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, said. “OSU’s presence in Tulsa is strong and we want to recognize the great impact both Tulsa campuses have made in our community and across the state.”

As a business administration graduate of OSU, Helm has long provided leadership and support for the university and its efforts in Tulsa. He previously served on the OSU/A&M Board of Regents and the OSU-Tulsa Board of Trustees before being appointed in 2013 to a nine-year term as a state Regent. He is also on the Board of Trustees for the OSU Medical Authority and Trust, which provides support for medical education, research and health care at OSU-CHS and OSU Medical Center. Helm was honored as an ‘OSU in Tulsa Icon’ during the 2017 fundraising gala.

Helm and his wife Fayenelle, along with his daughter Christian Leikam and her husband Robert, both graduates of OSU in Stillwater, are co-chairs for the 2019 ‘A Stately Affair in Tulsa.’

“As a family, we are all excited to be able to help give back to the university that has given so much to us and to our community,” Helm said. “It has been tremendous to see how OSU has changed the educational landscape in Tulsa so that more of our residents have access to a top notch education.”

In addition to generating scholarship donations for students of both Tulsa campuses, ‘A Stately Affair in Tulsa’ will honor four community leaders who have been instrumental in improving access to and quality of education for Tulsa area students.

The 2019 OSU in Tulsa Icons are the late Jerry Hudson, former chair of the OSU Medical Authority and Trust; Ted Haynes, former president of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma; Gary L. Trennepohl, founding president of OSU-Tulsa and Glenda Love Williams, former OSU-Tulsa Trustee and retired president and chief executive officer of the Ronald McDonald House Charities. To learn more about the Icons, visit

Patron support opportunities are still available at a number of levels. For sponsorship information, email Cindy Webb or Paula Koehn at the OSU Foundation in Tulsa or call 918-594-8500.

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