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The Campbell Hotel and Event Center hosted the Tulsa Glassblowing Studio’s “Some Like It Hot” fundraiser on Thursday night.

We were delighted to host Tulsa Glassblowing Studio’s “Some Like It Hot” fundraiser on Thursday evening. Our expert event coordinator, Susie, spent most of Wednesday and Thursday getting ready for the elegant dinner and auction, which benefited the studio’s programs for underserved youth in the Tulsa area.

Here are a few highlights:

Tulsans lined up in the lobby to register for the fundraiser.

Candles illuminated the colorful centerpieces on the tables.

The ballroom was absolutely packed.

This whimsical sculpture, titled "Bird Dog," was a popular conversation piece.

"Fish Taco."

"Fire and Ice." Look at the little flame of red glass inside the crystal globe.

This sculpture was aptly titled "When Pigs Fly."

The combination of beautiful artwork and a worthy cause seemed to bring out the best in everyone involved: The bartenders donated their tips to the program, and the winner of a 50/50 raffle drew applause from the crowd when he contributed his winnings.

A few Oklahoma celebrities supported the event, too. The Vintage Wildflowers, a local Celtic/folk/bluegrass band, performed for the crowd, which included three-time Pulitzer nominee and noted Route 66 expert Michael Wallis, better known to youngsters as the voice of the Sheriff in the Pixar movie Carsand Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne teamed up with Tulsa Glassblowing Studio program director Rachel Haynes to create a piece of artwork for the auction.

It’s hard to fathom the amount of time, planning, and manpower that goes into an event like this. As 6 p.m. approached, the whole building was buzzing with delivery drivers, caterers, bartenders, artists, and volunteers. It was amazing to see so many people from so many businesses and organizations working together so seamlessly to give some of Tulsa’s most vulnerable youth an opportunity to express themselves. All of us at the Campbell were proud to be part of this worthwhile event, and we hope everybody who joined us Thursday night enjoyed it as much as we did.

If you missed the festivities Thursday but would like to support Tulsa Glassblowing Studio’s programs, please call (918) 582-4527 or visit www.tulsaglassblowing.org.

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