EVENT DETAILS

Witness the miracles at The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital on Saturday, September 30 during our inaugural fundraising gala called “Miracles on 39th Street,” which will be held on campus. The black tie optional event includes a reception at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7:30 p.m. followed by a fireworks-filled celebration under the stars.  The entertainment for the evening will be Tony award-winning actress Kelli O’Hara, our official honorary spokesperson.  With more than 300 guests in attendance, this fun and meaningful event will help raise funds for patients with complex medical needs.

ABOUT OUR BENEFIT

This year, proceeds from the gala will support our “Family Fund,” which offers critical assistance to the patients and their families.  Examples include transportation assistance, vehicle and/or home modifications, utility assistance, and durable medical equipment.  The Family Fund helps to ensure a successful and smooth transition from hospital to home.  Please join us as we celebrate the continued legacy of caring for children.  The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital was founded in 1898 on the principles of faith, hope and love.  Today, each achievement is a miracle to be celebrated.

Entertainment by Kelli O’Hara

Kelli was introduced to The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital in 2016 when her niece completed an internship at the Hospital.  She later visited the Hospital with her family. “Visiting The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital was one of the most eye-opening and beautiful experiences I can remember,” said O’Hara.  “Not only was I filled with awe and wonder to meet such brave and extraordinary children, but I was humbled by the strength, generosity and fierce dedication of those who give of their hearts and minds to help these children every day.  I was so inspired by it all.”  O’Hara grew up in Oklahoma and attended Deer Creek High School.  She graduated from Oklahoma City University with a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance/opera.  A six-time Tony Award nominee, O’Hara won the award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical for the 2015 revival of The King and I.

TICKETS AND INFORMATION

Grover Ham – Volunteer 

Mat Smith – Community Leader

John E. Mabee and Lottie E. Mabee –
Foundation

CHAMPION FOR CHILDREN AWARD RECIPIENTS

Grover Ham was born and raised in Shawnee, Oklahoma. He served in the United States Air Force as a communications specialist. After he retired, he worked for the State of Oklahoma at the Air National Guard Base as an apprentice electrician for 18 years. Grover now works full-time for Goodwill Donation Centers. Grover and his wife Lisa attend Crossings Community Church and serve on the disaster relief team. They volunteer every Sunday for “Church under the Bridge,” a church without walls that clothes, feeds, and ministers to the homeless and disadvantaged populations of Oklahoma City. Grover started volunteering at The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital in July 2014 and has served close to 200 hours. He spends time reading to patients at bedside, as well as driving a shuttle for the families of patients in our Pediatric Medical Rehabilitation Unit. This valuable services allows families to make a weekly trip to Target or Walmart to purchase needed items. Grove is the father of four daughters, as well four grandsons. 

Civil engineer, entrepreneur, chief executive officer, deep sea fisherman, father, friend and devoted colleague only begin to describe a man who has been a part of every major building project and infrastructure improvement at The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital since the early 1990s. Although Mat Smith’s official volunteer service began 17 years ago, his earliest memories of the Hospital date back to the 1970s when his father, Wilbert, and stepmother, Lois, were longtime supporters. Mat has served on the Hospital’s board of directors for 11 years including board president. He also has served on The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation’s board of trustees. His unwavering support and willingness to increase the awareness of our mission in the community is only rivaled by his tender heart for our young patients. A native of Oklahoma, Mat holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Oklahoma and a master’s in business administration from the University of Central Oklahoma. As chief executive officer of Smith-Roberts, Mat was a key player in the revitalization of the Bricktown area of downtown Oklahoma City. Mat has one grown daughter, Linley, who lives in Los Angeles.

The J. E. and L. E. Mabee Foundation was formed in 1948 by John E. Mabee and his wife, Lottie E. Mabee, with its office in Tulsa, Oklahoma. As stated in its charter, the purposes of the Foundation are to aid Christian religious organizations, charitable organizations, institutions of higher learning, hospitals and other organizations of a general charitable nature in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. From the date of its inception through the most recent fiscal year, grants paid by the Foundation have totaled in excess of $1.1 billion. Mr. and Mrs. Mabee were natives of Missouri. They had no children. Mr. Mabee died in 1961 and Mrs. Mabee died in 1965, leaving a substantial portion of their personal estates to the Foundation. The Mabee Foundation’s first grant to The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital was in 1974 in the amount of $43,000 to fund a pool for the patients. Since that time, the Foundation has invested more than $3,000,000 in our mission of providing excellent pediatric medical and rehabilitative care to children in Oklahoma. In July 2016, we successfully met our $2,000,000 Mabee challenge grant. This grant not only represented the single largest gift to the Imagine the Miracles Capital Campaign, but it also helped us leverage the remaining $7,000,000 to complete the Campaign.