“Make a Difference Day” with AmeriCorps Team Tulsa!

By Paige on November 9, 2010 in AmeriCorps

For Make a Difference Day, Team Tulsa volunteered our time at the annual DIVAS Downtown event. For nine years, DIVAS has been raising funds for HOPE Testing Clinic, one of our placement agencies. For 14 years, HOPE (Health Outreach Prevention Education) has been providing HIV and Hepatitis testing in their clinic and also during outreach in the community. This year, HOPE hosts both Danielle Matheny and Carolyn Acker of Team Tulsa.

Kristin, Janice, Danielle

DIVAS was filled with jaw-dropping performances from local ladies (and one gentleman) throughout the evening. The celebration began with an exclusive patron party on the outdoor patio of the Center for Creativity at Tulsa Community College’s Metro campus. Other attendees arrived shortly thereafter, and the music began. During the night, Team Tulsa oversaw a silent auction for local memorabilia and services. Rebecca Ungerman, performer and emcee for the night, presided over a live auction of trips and other valuable items between each musical number. Also, at each table, guests were invited to purchase testing supplies for HOPE.

Team Tulsa helped with basic services throughout at the night. Kacie, Paige and Kristin watched the front entrance and led people to the patron party, while Danielle registered guests for the patron party upstairs. After the patron party, the team helped with clean-up and then ventured downstairs to watch the silent auction. Danielle and Kristin helped keep guard of the wine for sale while Kacie and Paige began to spot for the live auction. Soon, all four were helping with the energetic live auction. As the festivities came to a close, all the performers came on stage for a medley of hit songs, past and present.


Overall, through admission tickets, auctions and simple donations, DIVAS raised thousands of dollars and countless testing supplies for HOPE Testing Clinic. Team Tulsa continued the tradition of helping DIVAS run smoothly and as planned. Each year continues to be more eventful and see better results than the previous year. We know that next year — DIVAS’ 10th year anniversary — will be even better!

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