The Margaret Hudson Program provides comprehensive academic and family support services to help teen mothers succeed in life and parent healthy families.
The historic Central on Main venue in downtown Broken Arrow will be the site for the Margaret Hudson Program’s 2015 Beans, Jeans & Bingo event, set for Saturday evening, December 5, 2015. This family-friendly fundraising event will entertain kids and adults alike with good food, fast-paced bingo and a diverse array of silent auction baskets. Distinguished MHP board members, Honorary Event Chair Dr. Clarence G. Oliver, Jr., and MHP Executive Director Dr. Genell Coleman invite patrons and potential sponsors to put on their western wear to attend and support this popular event.
Dr. Clarence G. Oliver, Jr. – Beans, Jeans & Bingo Honorary Chair
The Margaret Hudson Program is proud to name Dr. Clarence G. Oliver Jr. of Broken Arrow as the Honorary Chair of Beans, Jeans & Bingo. A servant-leader of Broken Arrow and surrounding communities and a long-time supporter of MHP, Dr. Oliver’s outlook on empowering students and their families truly embodies the spirit of MHP.
Dr. Oliver is an Emeritus Professor and former Dean of the Oral Roberts University College of Education, a retired superintendent of schools, and an award-winning journalist. He serves as an officer and member of several state, regional and national organizations and is active in church, community and civic work in his community.
Dr. Oliver served as a Master Sergeant in an Infantry Rifle Company during the War in Korea and is a retired U.S. Army Infantry Major. He and his late wife, Vinita, were married for 60 years before her death in 2009. Dr. Oliver continues to enjoy the company of three children, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
The fundraising goal for Beans, Jeans & Bingo is to raise $50,000 to support MHP’s comprehensive academic and family support programs for pregnant and parenting teen girls. Five levels of event sponsorships are available, ranging from the Blitz BINGO Sponsor at $10,000 to the B-I-N-G-O Game Sponsor at $500. All sponsors will receive complimentary tickets and publicity for their business; Blitz sponsors will receive reserved tables.
For the online sponsorship form: margarethudson.ejoinme.org/Beans Jeans Bingo 2015.
The ticket sales, sponsorships and other fundraising proceeds will be used to support the educational and comprehensive health and social services the Margaret Hudson Program provides to pregnant and parenting teen mothers. MHP’s comprehensive programs are offered on two academic campuses – in partnership with Tulsa and Broken Arrow Public Schools. MHP is one of the 60 partnering agencies of the Tulsa Area United Way.
For more information about Beans, Jeans & Bingo, contact Hannah Bailey, MHP Development Associate at 918.833.9890 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Margaret Hudson Program's Annual Report highlighting this year's successes is now available.
On Wednesday, July 15, the Margaret Hudson Program Board and staff hosted the Annual Appreciation Luncheon for volunteers, funders, and supporters. Nearly 100 guests attended this exciting event which was held at the Tulsa location.The guest speakers included: Dr. Deborah Gist, TPS Superintendent and Jan Colton, Granddaughter of Dr. Margaret Hudson. Some of the MHP Alumnae also shared their MHP experience, in addition to Prospective Board member Dr. Sophia Sweeney. Special plaques were presented to Dr. Gist, Jan Colton, Dr. Clarence Oliver, and Tracey Piva. Ms. Piva was MHP Volunteer of the Year. See photos from Margaret Hudson Program's Annual Appreciation Luncheon on our Facebook page.
Read the May 22, 2015 issue of MHP Weekly Update featuring our 2015 graduates!
See more photos on our Facebook page!
The MHP Alumni Association Registration and Committee Registration Forms have been updated. If you are an Alumni of Margaret Hudson Program, we'd love to have you get connected and involved! Sign up today.
Read our May 5 issue of the MHP Weekly newsletter featuring our first Margaret Hudson Program Alumni Association (MHPAA) meeting.
The combined campuses of MHP-Tulsa and MHP-Broken Arrow celebrated an American rite of passage at Prom Night 2015. Prom night was enjoyed by MHP students and their dates on Friday, April 24 in the Grand Ballroom at Central on Main in Broken Arrow.
In other news: Every student who took the English III EOI in the first testing window passed with flying colors! That is a 100% passing rate! This is a wonderful accomplishment and is certainly a credit to Mrs. Myrick. Scores won’t be back on the second testing window until June 1st, but based on the raw scores we can confidently predict at least a 90% passing rate. Read more in the April 28 issue of MHP Weekly Update newsletter and see photos of Prom 2015 on our Facebook Page!
Wanda Pratt speaks from the heart to MHP students, staff and guests
On Friday April 17, the students of the Margaret Hudson Program were treated to a personal talk from special guest Wanda Pratt. Though Wanda is widely known as the mother of Oklahoma Thunder basketball star Kevin Durant, it wasn’t always so. It was Wanda’s earlier shared child raising experiences that brought her to the MHP Broken Arrow campus.
Wanda came to visit with the teen moms and pregnant students at MHP to tell her personal story as a single, teen mom who struggled to raise two boys. Lovingly known by many as “Mama Durant,” Wanda now travels the country to share her life experience with women of all ages and single mothers. Read more in the April 20 issue of MHP Weekly Update newsletter and see more photos of Wanda Pratt visit on our Facebook Page!
Wanda Pratt was formally inducted into the MHP Hall of Fame as an Honorary MHP Graduate of Distinction during her Friday visit to MHP’s BA campus.
MHP Board President Michelle Sutton and Wanda Pratt, who is the mother of Oklahoma Thunder basketball star Kevin Durant.
Saturday, March 28 at the DoubleTree Hotel-Warren Place was the place to be to savor hors d’oeuvres and delicious “Sweets” and desserts from Tulsa’s finest restaurants and confectionaries.
All the funds raised at the Sweet Cravings Gala are used to help MHP provide quality comprehensive services to empower teen families for life long success. MHP provides academic, childcare, healthcare and social support services to pregnant and parenting teen mothers.
MHP sincerely thanks all of the Sweet Cravings Sponsors who made the 2015 Gala such a success – Crème Brulee: The Bama Companies and GKG & Associates, LLC; Cheesecake: David and Bonnie Gilbert, George Kaiser Family Foundation, Ruth K. Nelson Revocable Trust and UMB Bank N.A.; Chocolate Mousse: Clary Sage College, Johnny and Dr. Genell Coleman, Jeannie McDaniel and Prosperity Bank; Cupcake: Dr. Bradley Cobb, George W. Krumme, New Dominion, LLC, Southwestern Payroll Service, Inc. and Walsh Branding; Individual Patrons: Burkhart Development, J.A.M.E.S., Inc., Junior Achievement of Oklahoma, Nancy McDonald, Dr. James Owens Pediatric & Adolescent Dentistry, Rich & Cartmill, Inc., Servant Medical Imaging and Norma Gladd Woolsey.
Vendors who provided tasty treats to guests at Sweet Cravings included Blue Bell, Corn Poppers, DoubleTree Hotel-Warren Place, Felini’s Cookies, Ludger’s Bavarian Cakery & Coffeehouse, Main Street Tavern, Organo Gold Coffee, Sweet Serendipity, The Fresh Market, The Rusty Crane Restaurant, In the Raw and Java Dave’s Coffee.
Induction of MHP’s Grads of Distinction
L to R: Paula Marshall, Lateesch West (standing in for her sister, Jamesha Williams), Christian Oliva, Kim Jackson, Zapporah Lucre, Emily Scott, Trish Allison, Dr. Lana Turner-Addison and Alisa Bell. (Not pictured: Brenda Heigl).
This year, in part of what will continue as a new tradition at the annual Sweet Cravings Gala, the Margaret Hudson Program created a Hall of Fame to recognize former MHP students who have achieved distinction and success in their lives and careers. In a special induction ceremony, the inaugural Graduates of Distinction honorees were recognized as one of MHP’s outstanding graduates!
Read their biographys in our April 7th issue of the MHP Weekly Update.