TULSA, OK. On Saturday, April 13, 2019, the Junior League of Tulsa (JLT) will host its annual Gem Gala at the historic Tulsa Club Hotel, located at115 E. 5th Street, Tulsa, OK 74103, from 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. The ceremony will honor State Representative Carol Bush and one of JLT’s community partners, Street School.

JLT’s Gem Gala is an annual event that recognizes the inspiring contributions of both an organization and an individual in our community. This year’s opal- and onyx-themed black-tie affair will recognize these honorees whose work has empowered and encouraged underserved women and youth. JLT lauds Street School for its accomplishments in serving non-traditional high school students and reducing school drop-out rates in Tulsa. Street School currently provides individualized educational and therapeutic services to more than one hundred students ages 14 – 19. Representative Bush is an advocate of public education, criminal justice reform, and legislation to reduce the female incarceration rate in Oklahoma.

“We are thrilled to honor two amazing Tulsa gems at this year’s Gala. Street School and Representative Bush strive every day to build a better Tulsa. JLT is honored to work with Street School’s Culinary Club as one of our community programs. Representative Bush served as a past President of JLT, and is a current sustaining member, and is an exemplary example of what it means to be a community leader,” said Gem Gala Co-Chairs Maggie den Harder and Zena Shah. The Gala will feature auctions, a seated meal, and an opportunity for attendees to be among the first to witness the stunning revitalization of the Tulsa Club Hotel in downtown’s historic deco district. The special patron cocktail hour will be held from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Check-in for all guests will begin at 6:30 p.m., with dinner to commence at 7:00 p.m. For information on event sponsorship, please visit https://www.jltulsa.org/fundraisers/gem-gala/sponsorship/. For further information, please contact Maggie Den Harder and Zena Shah at gemgala@jltulsa.org.

Proceeds from this event support the League’s mission-based programs and community partnerships that work to end the cycle of poverty affecting women and children in Tulsa (e.g., Food Bank, Food on the Move, Hawthorne Elementary, Resonance Center for Women, Street School, and Poetic Justice) and train women to become effective community leaders and advocates for social change within our Tulsa communities.


The Junior League of Tulsa, Inc., is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.