City Councilors Jeannie Cue, Connie Dodson and west Tulsa community leaders awarded the proceeds from last year's PatriotFest to local veterans groups today.
More than 2,000 people attended PatriotFest 2017 that featured military displays, a car show and cruise and many other family-friendly activities. The event, chaired by John Fothergill, generated $15,000 in proceeds for veteran partners.
"As we celebrate the success of the Tulsa Route 66 Patriotfest, it reminds me why I am so proud to be a Tulsan," Councilor Jeannie Cue said. "The generous volunteers and participants in our community allowed several veterans organizations to benefit. And I invite all Tulsans to come out to this year's event and help us make it even more spectacular."
The veteran organizations receiving awards this year include:
Northeastern Oklahoma Veterans Memorial Cemetery: $5,000
Provides free burial for veterans and their spouses
Coffee Bunker: $4,000
Tulsa's only peer-run drop-in center offering support for service members and veterans
Tulsa's Veterans Day Parade: $2,000
Folds of Honor: $1,000
Provides educational scholarships to spouses and children of fallen and disabled service-members
G.I. Wishes - A Pet for a Vet: $1,000
Matches rescue animals with veterans and families for companionship purposes
Blue Star Mothers, Oklahoma Chapter 1: $1,000
Based in Tulsa and serves all of Oklahoma
Webster High School's JROTC: $1,000
PatriotFest was created in 2014 by Councilor Jeannie Cue and west Tulsa partners to support Folds of Honor and other military organizations that regularly provide assistance to veterans. The event coincided with the patriot golf tournament held in Owasso the same weekend. This event recognizes local veteran organizations and allows cars to cruise along Route 66 starting at East Central High School in east Tulsa and ending near the Route 66 Village in west Tulsa. A car show follows the cruise with a day full of activities for the family. This year's PatriotFest will be held May 26, 2018 at the same location. All are invited to attend. PatriotFest is sponsored by Tulsa Route 66 Main Street. Organizers hope to provide even more awards to veteran organizations this year.