Western Days 2017 is scheduled for Tuesday, September 12, 2017. This year’s event will be the 21st annual celebration that has become an anticipated evening for Saint Simeon’s Residents, their friends and families, and for loyal friends and supporters of the Home. We anticipate over 700 members of the Saint Simeon’s family gathering in Western casual fashion to celebrate Saint Simeon’s many decades of compassion.
We hope you will join in our efforts with a sponsorship gift toward Western Days 2017: Seasons of Change. Each Western Days gift helps Saint Simeon’s to provide superior care, an environment of dignity, and life enriching opportunities for Saint Simeon’s Residents. Western Days gifts support operations and capital investments at Saint Simeon’s. The generosity of many continues to make Saint Simeon’s a special place.
Not only will your generosity be put to good use at Saint Simeon’s, but we promise an evening full of fun, exciting auctions, live music, and a delicious meal. We will celebrate in our traditional Western casual style!
For more than five generations, Saint Simeon’s has offered compassionate care in a loving community. Aging and memory loss are challenging issues for families. Since 1960, Saint Simeon’s has honored the individuality of each Resident we are fortunate to serve.
Ellen C. and Donald B. Atkins, Honorary Chairs, Western Days 2017
Ellen C. and Donald B. Atkins are among the most long-standing, loyal, and committed supporters of Saint Simeon's. Their first gift to Saint Simeon's was given in 1973. They have consistently supported the efforts of Saint Simeon's nearly every year for 44 years. Ellen's late mother, Golden Etter Colley, was a Saint Simeon's Resident in the early 1980’s.
Don Atkins is a Saint Simeon's Trustee Emeritus. His leadership as a Trustee spans from 1988 - 2003 and includes some of Saint Simeon's greatest strides; the creation and opening of the Memory Center and the early planning of the Dotson Family Assisted Living Center, as examples. Don's keen ability to offer strategic advice for Saint Simeon's, while at the same time keeping the needs of Residents top of mind, has helped position Saint Simeon's well over its nearly 60 years.
Both Ellen and Don are members of St. John's Episcopal Church. Don, is an attorney and CPA and founder of Atkins and Atkins, P.C. which now includes his son, Blake Atkins and most recently his grandson, Price Atkins. Blake is currently serving as Executive Vice-Chair for the Saint Simeon's Board of Trustees. We are proud of the Atkins tradition of Trustee leadership spanning two generations. Ellen and Don’s daughter, Leslie Pritchard, together with her husband, Bob Pritchard, have long supported Western Days as well.
Over the years, Ellen and Don have supported nearly every initiative at Saint Simeon's. Their recent contribution made possible a special music program, Keys to Memory, in the Memory Center. Complete with a clavinova and unique training for staff members, their generosity provides hours of joyful, music-filled experiences for Residents experiencing memory loss.
Never ones for the spotlight, Ellen and Don have quietly made a great deal possible at Saint Simeon's. We are delighted to celebrate their generosity and leadership as Honorary Chairs, Western Days 2017.
Anne Lee Evans, 2017 Pioneer Spirit Award Recipient
Originally from Connecticut, Anne met the man who would soon be her husband, Bob Evans, while visiting family in California. In 1949 they were married even though Bob had a geology degree and no job. Eventually he ended up in a 1-year training program at Shell which required them to move every four months for a year. They eventually landed in Oklahoma City for 11 years and had 3 children while living there.
During their time in Oklahoma City, Bob felt a call to the ministry. The family sold their house in Oklahoma City and moved to Nashotah, Wisconsin to a humble two-bedroom apartment while Bob went through seminary. During seminary, Bob and Anne had their fourth child.
While Fr. Evans was going through seminary, Anne took a job as a teacher’s assistant at the kids’ school, and when he finished seminary she followed where the ministry took them. That included 2 years in Lindsay, Oklahoma, 10 years in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and 10 years in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Fr. Evans then retired and the family moved back to Bartlesville, where the couple lived until they moved to Saint Simeon’s in 2009.
Fr. Evans passed away in 2013, and he is still missed at Saint Simeon’s. Anne has made Saint Simeon’s her home for almost eight years now and enjoys reading, visiting with Simone, and sitting outside in the courtyards.
We applaud Anne Evans for her pioneering spirit in seeing her husband through his call to ministry and many changes in life, and we’re grateful to have her as a Resident.
Chairs and Committees
Caron and Shawn Lawhorn, Event Chairs
Caron and Shawn have been a part of the Saint Simeon’s community for nearly 15 years, with Caron joining the Home Board of Trustees in 2003. After many years of service on the Home Board, Caron was asked to join the Foundation Board of Trustees, where she has recently accepted the role of Vice President. After many years of Caron and Shawn supporting Western Days as donors and committee members, they happily accepted the request to be this year’s Event Chairs.
Caron is a member of the executive team at ONE Gas in Tulsa, and was recently honored by the University of Tulsa Alumni Association as a Distinguished Alumni not only for her accomplishments professionally, but for her giving spirit within the Tulsa community. In addition to actively serving at Saint Simeon’s, Caron volunteers on boards for Tulsa Community College, Southern Gas Association, Tulsa Area United Way, and the Tulsa Regional Chamber. Shawn is also an active member of the community serving as a high school football and golf coach at Bishop Kelley High School. They have two sons, Austin who lives in OKC and Adam, who is a TCU student.
Caron and Shawn can be seen frequently at Saint Simeon’s visiting Caron’s parents, Barbara and Woody Allen.
Caron and Shawn have brought great leadership and vision to Western Days 2017: Seasons of Change, bringing back old traditions and continuing new ones. They look forward to another fun, successful Western Days, and are excited to have the opportunity to chair this event that supports Saint Simeon’s Foundation in such a special way.
Lisa and Tom Schooley, Patron Chairs
Tom has served as a Saint Simeon’s Trustee since 2013 and is currently serving as Treasurer for the Board of Trustees. He is Executive Vice President of The Bama Companies in Tulsa. Tom and Lisa are long-time supporters of Western Days, and served last year as the Auction Chairs for Western Days 2016: Decades of Compassion. Tom and Lisa happily agreed to another year on the Western Days Leadership Team as Patron Chairs for Western Days 2017: Seasons of Change. They have two grown children, a daughter in Tulsa and a son in London, England. Lisa and Tom are members of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Tulsa.
Marcia and Ron MacLeod, Auction Chairs
Marcia and Ron have been active members and supporters of the Saint Simeon’s community for many years. They became active at Saint Simeon’s shortly after Ron’s mother, the late Janet MacLeod, moved into Saint Simeon’s as a Resident. Mrs. MacLeod was an integral part of Saint Simeon’s and an involved member of the Flora and Fauna Committee. Marcia continues to serve on the Foundation Board of Trustees as Chairman of the Finance Committee. She recently retired from WPX as Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Administration. Marcia and Ron are long-time supporters of Western Days, and agreed to offer their leadership for the live and silent auctions.
Western Days 2017 Committee
Western Days Leadership
Ellen C. and Donald B. Atkins
Caron and Shawn Lawhorn
Pioneer Spirit Award
Anne Lee Evans
Lisa and Tom Schooley
Marcia and Ron MacLeod
Phyllis and Steve Anderson
Mandy and Blake Atkins
Lucy and John Barker
Beth and Scott Brown
Phyllis and George Dotson
Donna and Will Farrior
Jane and Lowell Faulkenberry
Shiela and Ted Haynes
Mary Ann Hille
June Patton and David Hogan
Kelly and Tony Jezek
Leslie and Steve Lake
Caron and Shawn Lawhorn
Debbie and Dean Luthey
Rob Lyon, Jr.
Peggy and Tom Schroedter
Laura and Scott Shepherd
Will S. Smith
Melissa and Mac Stallcup
Margaret and Ross Swimmer
Barbara and John Turner
Lindsay Hurley Fick,
Karen and John Abney
Anne and Bob Burlingame
Angela and Ky Chaffin
Mary and J.P. Culley
Andrea and Father Irv Cutter
Karen and Rick Garren
Jill Warnock and Jim Geurin
Sharon Bell and Greg Gray
Elaine and Ted Hanner
Helen Jo and Jim Hardwick
Marlo and Father Bill Holly
Lori and Vance Hunter
Debra and The Rt. Rev. Dr. Edward J. Konieczny
Juley Roffers and Jim Langdon
Beth and Ben Latham
Mary and Rob Martinovich
Nancy and Tom Mason
Lindsey and Father Stephen McKee
Donna and Robert Merrifield
Jimmie and Ed Monnet
Dona and The Honorable Joseph Morris
Annette and Kevin Murray
The Rev. Canon John Powers
Ann and Britt Radford
Becky and The Rev. Shelby Scott
Priscilla and Joseph Tate