We Want YOU [to Table FreeOK]

We Want YOU [to Table FreeOK]

As part of our pledge to support the secular art, education, & business community, we are extending tabling opportunities to art exhibitors and small business vendors at the 2014 Oklahoma Freethought Convention!

The cost is $150 and includes your two-day admission to the convention, table in the Cox Convention Center lobby for both days and a 6-month advertisement in the Community section of the FreeOK website.

Use the form below to reserve your space. Once submitted, this page will refresh to take your PayPal payment for your table reservation. That’s an important part. Don’t skip it!

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FreeOK Sponsors St. Baldrick’s Charity Event

FreeOK Sponsors St. Baldrick’s Charity Event

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FreeOK, in association with Velvet Monkey Salon and the 16th Street Plaza District Association, hosts inaugural St. Baldrick’s charity event on May 4th, 2014.

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (January 16th, 2014) – Oklahoma’s Humanism team, FreeOK, has teamed with local businesses and the St. Baldrick’s foundation to orchestrate a charity drive for for childhood cancer research to be held this May. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a charity dedicated to funding childhood cancer research and generates more charitable income for cancer research than even the American Cancer Association. The organization’s signature events ask that fundraising volunteers shave their heads in solidarity with children undergoing treatment. This event falls on the 13 year anniversary of the Velvet Monkey Salon’s opening and will include a live music series featuring local artists, food trucks, charitable shopping opportunities, raffles, prizes for participation and more.

The fundraising goal has been set at $10,000 and will require assistance from volunteers and sponsors in order to be met. Head-shaving, while not mandatory to participate, has always drawn smiles and applause from participants and spectators. This free event will be held on Sunday May 4th from 1pm – 4pm during Plaza Sunday, Velvet Monkey Salon has over 20 licensed stylist and barbers ready to shave heads to help raise money for this event, each participant will receive a souvenir for contributing.”

Honorees include Davin, a Lewisville, Texas child who lost his battle with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) at age 11, and Daniel, whose rare type of ALL left his family with no other option than experimental treatment until his passing. Daniel’s story touched event coordinator Suzanne Yancey and inspired the creation of this event.

You can read more on the honorees, donate, or register as a fundraising volunteer on the St. Baldrick’s website at http://www.stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/10976/2014.

 

For inquiries, contact

Suzanne Yancey, Event Coordinator

405.443.0675

suzyancey@live.com

For booth space or sponsorship inquiries, contact

Kai Tancredi, FreeOK Projects & Events Coordinator

202.695.2857

coordinator@freeok.org

A Quick Note of Thanks

A Quick Note of Thanks

Hello there, FreeOK fans and supporters. I’d like to share a quick personal story as my first post, before getting down to FreeOK blogging business.

It was the late spring of 2012 and I had recently decided to take the leap of admitting to my very religious family and social circle in general that I was an atheist, and high on my list of needs was support from sympathetic and like-minded individuals. I was plugged into a rudimentary level of secular social media already, and through the grapevine I heard about a freethought convention right here in Oklahoma.

So I packed up my boyfriend, another good friend, and some random people who said they were interested and drove from Tahlequah to Tulsa to attend the 2012 FreeOK Convention. I wasn’t sure what to expect, and to tell the truth I was a bit nervous. I didn’t know what the majority of secular people were like, and I didn’t know what kind of reception such a convention would get in Tulsa.

I left FreeOK 2012 happy and energized. I had the urls and Facebooks of secular groups in the area, a few personal phone numbers, and thanks to the inspiring speakers and the friendly generosity of my fellow conference-goers, I had a new feeling of belonging, of being part of something important. My involvement in the secular movement has only been bigger and better since then, and it started with FreeOK.

This is the value of conventions, especially in highly religious areas like Oklahoma. So thank you, FreeOK organizers, supporters, speakers, and attendees. I’m sure there are many stories like mine out there.

Let’s keep ‘em coming.