New Donors Pledge Millions To Tulsa's 'Gathering Place'


Monday, April 18th 2016, 10:51 am
By: News On 6


More donors have stepped forward to help fund A Gathering Place for Tulsa.

The George Kaiser Family Foundation said  19 additional donors have pledged more than $14 million in contributions to the giant park. In a news release, the foundation says the group of donors includes a blend of Tulsa companies, foundations, families and individuals.

The total amount of contributions to the park is now nearing $150 million. The foundation says the contributions will help fund the development and construction of A Gathering Place and seed the lifetime operating endowment.

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“We are eternally grateful for the many investments made to A Gathering Place by Tulsa’s generous families, foundations and corporations,” said Jeff Stava, executive director and trustee of A Gathering Place for Tulsa. “It is remarkable to see the support that has been extended and how willing Tulsans are to work together to further enhance our community for generations to come.”

The new donors include:

Mervin Bovaird Foundation: $2 million
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma: $1 million
The Fulton and Susie Collins Foundation: $1 million
Mike and Pat Case: $1 million
Dekraai Family Foundation: $1 million
D&L Oil Tools: $1 million
Hale Family Foundation: $1 million
Meinig Family Foundation: $1 million
Melton Truck Lines: $1 million
DTAG Legacy Fund/Scott and Vanessa Thompson: $1 million
The John T. and Julie Nickel Family: $1 million
The Judith & Jean Pape Adams Charitable Foundation: $1 million
Meshri Family: $500,000
James M. Cox Foundation: $250,000
Mabrey Bancorporation, Inc.: $250,000
Moran Family Foundation: $250,000
Kathy and Ed Leinbach: $50,000
Samson Resources: $50,000
Darden Family Charitable Foundation: $25,000

A Gathering Place for Tulsa is the largest park project in Oklahoma history.

The George Kaiser Family Foundation has contributed $200 million toward the project, which includes $50 million in land and $150 million for construction of Phase I. The project has raised nearly $150 million in private donations bringing the total cost of the project to $350 million.

The park will cover nearly 100 acres of Tulsa’s waterfront along the Arkansas River into. Phase I, which includes 66.5 acres, will be completed by late 2017.

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