January 21, 2017
Every year Toyland Ball is singly responsible for raising approximately 16% of the agency’s total operating budget. Event chairs lead an enthusiastic and creative volunteer committee that plans and hosts the event. An honorary chair lends their advice and prestige.
A highlight of the evening is the presentation of the Guardian Angel Award. This award honors a person or persons who have made significant contributions of time, talent and resources to further The Parent Child Center’s purpose of protecting and nurturing children at risk for abuse and neglect.
The Guardian Angel Award honors an individual or organization whose commitment to The Parent Child Center of Tulsa has made a significant difference in our mission to strengthen families and bring hope and healing to vulnerable children who are at risk for, or victims of, child abuse and neglect.
We are recognizing Judge Fransein for her vision, compassion, determination and willingness to collaborate that led her to launch the Tulsa Safe Babies Court Team in partnership with The Parent Child Center of Tulsa, the Zero To Three National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families and Tulsa County OKDHS Child Welfare. Tulsa became just the 14th jurisdiction in the nation to take bold action to transform the way babies and toddlers are cared for and protected while in state custody. According to Judge Fransein, this initiative will bring Tulsa’s juvenile court and child welfare system “so much closer to achieving the goal of healthy development, permanency and well-being for every Tulsa County infant and toddler in foster care while saving significant financial and human cost.”
Also in 2014, Tulsa County Juvenile Court was selected as one of eight sites for the National Council for Juvenile and Family Court Judges Model Court Project whose purpose is to improve court practices in child abuse and neglect cases and improve outcomes for children and families.
“At a time when it is all too easy to rage against failures in our juvenile justice system, Judge Fransein channels her energy into finding thoughtful, workable solutions to problems facing children and their families,” said Tulsa Lawyer Magazine (March 2016).
We couldn’t agree more!
We feel it is extremely important to invest our time and resources supporting causes that impact the lives of young children. Children are shaped by their environment and their parents are the primary environmental influence in their lives. It is vital that parents are educated on and understand the importance of making choices and decisions in the best interest of their children. The Parent Child Center provides a wide array of services focused on strengthening families to prevent and end child abuse and neglect in our community. It is critical that we come together as a community and make ourselves aware of the challenges these children are facing and find a way to help. One way to get involved is to attend the annual Toyland Ball. The proceeds generated from the event help fund a meaningful portion of The Parent Child Center’s annual budget. We encourage you to give of your time and resources and join us for an amazing night at the Toyland Ball 2017, changing the lives of young children and giving them a brighter future.
– Mike and Kathy Mears
As parents to seven busy boys, Jeff and I are constantly relying on family, friends, and services in our community for guidance and support in raising our children. Parenting comes with its challenges and unfortunately, no handbook. Tulsa is so fortunate to have The Parent Child Center to focus on strengthening families while encouraging loving and positive parenting.
Please join us on January 21, 2017, to help support The Parent Child Center because the children of Tulsa are our future! We need your support to help end the cycle of abuse and neglect. Stand up. Be important in the life of a child. Make a difference today!
– Drs. Sarah Fox and Jeff Broermann
St. John Health System
Ernst & Young, LLP
Hardesty Family Foundation
Ruth Nelson Family Foundation
Dr. Harvey & Cheri Tatum
Contact the 2017 Toyland Ball Team