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Tulsa Gala

Program Overview


The Tulsa Initiative's 2023 Gala and Pitch Competition, themed "Continuing a Legacy of Leadership: Building a Brighter Future through Entrepreneurship," marked a significant milestone as an end-of-year fundraiser. Held on December 2, 2023, at Studio 215, the event attracted a diverse audience of over 215 attendees, fostering an atmosphere of celebration, innovation, and community engagement.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Paulette C. Walker, the esteemed past 25th National President for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., delivered a captivating address emphasizing the crucial role of leadership in community development and highlighting the transformative power of entrepreneurship.

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Gala Honorees

The event also honored outstanding individuals for their contributions to the community, including Icon of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Advocate of the Year, Educator of the Year, Board Member of the Year, and TLEA Ambassador of the Year. These honorees exemplify excellence in leadership, service, and advocacy, embodying the values that The Tulsa Initiative aims to promote.

Impact and Legacy

The Tulsa Initiative 2023 Gala and Pitch Competition celebrated entrepreneurship, leadership, and community engagement, underscoring the organization’s commitment to building a brighter future for the community. The recognition of pitch competition winners and gala honorees reflects the collaborative efforts and support for outstanding individuals and entrepreneurs. The legacy of this event will inspire future initiatives and drive positive change in the Tulsa community. All proceeds from the event will support The Tulsa Initiative Inc (501c3 organization).

Icon of the Year: Toni King

Volunteer of the Year: Crystal McLean

Entrepreneur of the Year: Allen W. Rogers

Advocate of the Year: Chris Bostock

Educator of the Year: Roderick Heath

Board Member of the Year: Damien Conners

TLEA Ambassador of the Year: Antonio Underwood II

Pitch Competition Winners

The pitch competition produced two exceptional winners:

Jaelan Rainey

Jaelan Rainey, Co-Owner of A.C.E Sport Academy, impressed the judges with his innovative vision for athletic excellence and community development.

Justin Pruitt

Justin Pruitt, CEO of The Juice Products, captured attention with his unique business model promoting health and wellness through innovative beverage products.

Both winners received a substantial prize of three thousand dollars each as seed funding for their businesses, reflecting The Tulsa Initiative's dedication to supporting and nurturing local entrepreneurship.