Edmond golf professional Doug Tewell will be honored for the time, effort and financial support he has given over the years to Whiz Kids Oklahoma, a division of City Care, Inc., which is celebrating its 21st anniversary of mentoring and tutoring first- through sixth-grade students.
Whiz Kids will be honoring multiple companies and volunteers for their continued dedication at its annual Seeds of Hope banquet March 28 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Cox Convention Center. Tickets for the banquet are available for $130 and tables for $1,200. Various sponsorship levels are also available. Those interested can click HERE to sign up or call Sarah Skinner at 405.602.2815 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Seeds of Hope fundraising banquet raises money for continuing growth and developing additional partnerships so Whiz Kids can serve more kids in the 2016-2017 school year.
Officially starting in 1995 and gaining non-profit status in 1996, Whiz Kids has spent more than 21 years mentoring Oklahoma City’s youth. Starting with two sites and help from two churches, Whiz Kids has grown to serving more than 800 students from 29 urban schools and 29 sites in partnership with 70 churches, with plans to add an additional school in the Putnam City school district. The organization also coordinates more than 1,250 volunteers during the 2014-2015 school year.
"It’s a wonderful program for giving kids mentoring and tutoring," Tewell said. "There are so many kids out there that in a lot of cases don’t have parents at home. This program is so worthwhile."
Tewell is a four-time winner on the PGA Tour and an eight-time winner of the Champions Tour, including two majors. He now makes instructional videos that are sold online worldwide.
"Seeing students make real progress academically and socially is what makes Whiz Kids so vital to our city, but without our dedicated volunteers and donors, none of it would be possible," said Bea Jai Webb, Whiz Kids director. "We are fortunate to have amazing volunteers and businesses that partner with us year after year to reach more students."
This year’s keynote speaker is Carey Casey, Ambassador for Fathers with the National Center for Fathering (NCF). Carey serves on the White House Task Force on Fatherhood and Healthy Families. He is known as a compassionate ambassador, particularly within the American sports community and spent many years with Fellowship of Christian Athletes.