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February

White Fields Staff Participates in Training

On Tuesday, February 25th, White Fields staff members participated in training focused on Trauma-Informed Behavioral Support. The training was provided by one of the National Resource Center for Youth Services’ representatives, Steven Mullen. This training was a follow up to the START training staff received in 2014. The purpose was to help staff better understand how the trauma our children have experienced impacts their behaviors. The training equipped staff with a framework for handling certain situations; ways to help the children feel safe and express their emotions in a healthy manner.

Chef Paske from Café 7 Teaches Boys to Cook

White Fields’ children were excited to have a local chef teach them how to make their favorite food–pizza! On February 17th, Chef Paske visited campus and demonstrated for our boys step by step how to make pizza. He gave them tips on being creative by using different ingredients and each child got to make their very own. Thank you Chef Paske for volunteering your time to help our children learn a new skill and be self sufficient by cooking for themselves.


January

Dates Set for Upcoming White Fields Events

White Fields is pleased to announce that we will host our Annual Clay Classic on Friday, May 1, 2015 at Quail Ridge Sporting Clays. For more information on this event, contact Janae Panter at jpanter@whitefieldsok.com.

White Fields is excited to have one of our young men, Devo Cole Brown set to graduate in May! We are planning a celebration to commemorate this milestone in his life on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at the White Fields Education Center on campus from 1:30 to 3:00 PM. Please mark your calendars now!

The White Fields of Dreams Tennis Classic is set for July 17-19th at the Greens Country Club. This 3 day tournament is open to USTA and non-USTA members. Contact Mautra Jones to find out more at mjones1@whitefieldsok.com or in the office at 405-302-5123.


December

Dell OKC Hosts Carnival for White Fields Children on December 13, 2014

Dell OKC blessed White Fields on Saturday, December 13th by hosting a carnival for the boys on site. The boys had a chance to participate in various games and activities like virtual video games, bean bag toss, face painting, arts and crafts, to name a few. Dell provided lunch for the children and topped it off with an ice cream float station. The boys had an incredible time hanging out with the employees and staff members. We are very thankful to all who came out from Dell to provide some holiday cheer to our boys.


November

OU Pediatric Residents Provide Our Children With Flu Prevention Tips 

OU Pediatric Residents visited campus recently to share tips on preventing the spread of germs with our boys. They specifically discussed how to ensure they protect themselves from the flu virus this season. We appreciate Dr. Marny Dunlap and the OU Residents for taking time to volunteer at White Fields despite their full schedules! Our boys are most grateful!

White Fields Selected as Beneficiary of Southwest Covenant School’s Patriot Project

White Fields’ representatives spent time with students, staff, parents and grandparents (ranging from ages 4 to 80 ) from Southwest Covenant School on Friday, November 7, 2014 during their annual beautification of the Three Parks Complex in Yukon. The volunteers participated in planting flowers, laying concrete, and hanging Christmas lights to name a few. Thank you to Patti Betts, director of development and Steve Lessman, headmaster for your belief in our mission and support. If you get a chance, take a drive to Chisholm Park to see the beautiful Christmas lights and work they performed!


October

Bikers Against Child Abuse Host Bike or Treat for White Fields Boys on October 25, 2014

Bikers Against Child Abuse hosted a bike or treat event at White Fields on October 25th. The boys and bikers enjoyed hot dogs grilled by recreation therapist Chris Sadler, and later got an early start on Halloween by gathering treats and candy from the group. The boys received an extra special surprise when they got to put on helmets and were allowed to take a short ride on a safe route on campus with certain members of the group. We are especially grateful to Dayna Haggerty, public relations representative for the Oklahoma Chapter of BACA.

Paulette Black and Jared Boehs Honored at the 8th Annual White Fields Invitational Tee Off Dinner on October 19, 2014

The 8th Annual White Fields Invitational was held October 19-21st. We want to extend a very special thank you to presenting sponsor SandRidge Energy and title sponsors Accurate Safety Compliance, Crescent Consulting, O-TEX Pumping, LLC and Tapstone Energy for their remarkable support! At the tee off dinner, Paulette Black was honored as Volunteer of the Year with over 5 years of service! Additionally, Jared Boehs was honored as Mentor of the Year with over 5 years of service as well! We had over 125 teams participate in the golf tournament and raised funds for our continuum of care. If you would like to get involved with our tournament next year, be sure to let us know by contacting jpanter@whitefieldsok.com.

White Fields Graduate, Austin Calise Completes Basic Training for the United States Marine Corps on October 17, 2014

 White Fields is incredibly proud of our newest Marine, Austin Calise! He completed training on October 17th at the MCRD in San Diego, CA. He came home to see everyone shortly thereafter and then headed back out to prepare for his duty station which will be in Twenty Nine Palms, CA. Austin, who began his journey at White Fields almost 8 years ago, is a true success story! We know he will serve our country with pride and make a fine Marine!


September

White Fields will host the 8th Annual Invitational October 19-21st!

The 8th Annual White Fields Invitational Golf Tournament and Tee-Off Dinner, presented by SandRidge Energy will be held October 19th through the 21st. The event will again consist of a three day golf experience you won’t want to miss!

The tournament opens with the annual Tee-Off Dinner and Auction on Sunday, October 19th, at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. This fun, casual evening is packed with great music, amazing food, and incredible auction items. The dinner is followed by an exclusive golf tournament on October 20th at Oak Tree Golf and Country Club and October 21st at Oak Tree National. Tournament players will receive a premium gift bag and a chance to receive excellent door prizes. Some of the live auction items available will include: Hunting excursion at the Hooray Ranch; Guided Deer Hunt; Suite for 16 at an Oklahoma City Thunder Game; Suite at an OU Football Game; Cocadarie Fishing Trip; Dallas Trip that includes tickets to a Dallas Cowboys Football Game; and many more!


August

White Fields Children Tour Tinker Air Force Base on August 20, 2014

Thanks to Retired Colonel Patrick Raglow and the amazing command at Tinker Air Force Base, the children were able to tour the base and the AWACS division. The officers were very kind and the field lesson was highly educational for our boys. Several of them were really interested in learning more about the United States Air Force! We are grateful for the service men and women who protect and defend our great state! Thank you Tinker for such a special day!


July

The White Fields of Dreams Tennis Classic Presented by The Robert and Rebecca Potts Family was a Great Success!

The White Fields of Dreams Tennis Classic was held July 18-20 at The Greens Country Club. The tournament began with an exclusive donor reception on July 17th. There were 162 participants and we raised awareness and funds for our boys home! We would like to send a very special thank you to our Presenting Sponsor The Robert and Rebecca Potts Family; Grand Slam Sponsors Cardinal River Energy and LeNorman Operating LLC; U.S. Open Sponsors American Energy Partners and Great Plains Well Logging, Inc.; and all the donors who supported our inaugural tournament! We also appreciate Ms. Suzanne Labelle and The Greens Tennis Club for their generosity.


June

Upward Bounds Program Participants Volunteer on White Fields’ Campus on June 13, 2014

Redlands College’s Upward Bounds Program sent nearly 40 students out to provide some much needed assistance on our campus! We were very grateful to have their support in taking care of projects for us! Thank you Redlands College!


May

2014 White Fields of Dreams Tennis Classic–Sponsorships Now Available

The White Fields of Dreams Tennis Classic will be held July 18-20 at The Greens Country Club. The tournament will kick off with a reception and consists of three days of tennis. The event is USTA sanctioned and will be a men’s and women’s single and double indoor/outdoor tournament. There will be lots of food, beverages and prizes. We are currently seeking sponsorships. Contact mjones1@whitefieldsok.com for more information.


 April

White Fields Participates in Walk A Mile Event on April 26, 2014

White Fields staff and foster families participated in the Walk A Mile–Raising Foster Care Awareness event at the Bricktown Ball Park. Thank you Citizens Caring for Children for planning this amazing day!


March

Stephen F. Austin College Spends Spring Break Volunteering at White Fields-March 10, 2014

We have enjoyed having a group of college students spend part of their Spring Break helping out on campus. They have been a tremendous help in relocating our supply rooms and organizing each section to make it easier for our staff to care for our boys in the best way possible! They also spent time playing games with the boys! Thank you Stephen F. Austin College’s Alternative Spring Break Program for choosing White Fields!


February

Registration for White Fields Clay Classic Now Open!

The 2014 White Fields Clay Classic is scheduled for Friday, April 25th at Quail Ridge Sporting Clays. If you would like information on registering a team, contact Janae Panter at jpanter@whitefieldsok.com. We hope you will participate in the fun!


December

On December 31st, our children got to experience an Oklahoma City Thunder Game! We appreciate the Thunder for providing this opportunity for our boys! They had an incredible time!

On December 20th, Crescent Services blessed the White Fields campus with a check to purchase gifts for our boys. We enjoyed going through the boys’ wish lists and getting items for them to open on Christmas day! We are very grateful for the dedication of Crescent Services and their employees who decided to make Christmas merry and bright for our special boys!

On December 13th, employees from Dell OKC came out to spread some holiday cheer and provide hygeine kits to our boys! Thank you Rohit Keshava, Pamela Schlegel, Tonya Hayes, Berry Pitts, and Mr. and Mrs. Franky DiCarlo for making the holidays special for our boys!


October

Tree Bank and Apache Foundation Donates Trees to White Fields-October 25, 2013

Staff at White Fields spent the day planting trees alongside our boys as part of a botany lesson for them. We appreciate these Foundations for providing us with trees for our campus.

See why what White Fields is doing makes a difference-read the October 15th Oklahoman article “Number of Oklahoma children in state custody soars”

The number of abused and neglected children in state custody has jumped by nearly 500 in three months, outpacing Oklahoma DHS officials’ ability to find new foster homes and forcing more children into already overcrowded state shelters. Click here to read more…


September

Prevent Blindness Oklahoma conducts free vision screenings at White Fields-September 12, 2013

Thank you to Prevent Blindness Oklahoma for providing our children with free vision screenings today. We appreciate all you do to preserve the sight of Oklahoma’s children.


August

Dell OKC Sends Volunteers to White Fields-August 23, 2013

Thank you to the stellar volunteer crew we had out from Dell OKC! They helped clean up the garden and get it into shape. Through all their hard work and efforts they discovered carrots, onions and a bunny’s nest tucked away! This group was such a joy to have out and we are thankful for their time and energy spent beautifying our campus!


July

Crescent Services Wins Journal Record Beacon Award- July 11, 2013

Crescent Services was honored by The Journal Record for their philanthropic impact on White Fields. Ken Davidson, board member; Ashley Hughes, mentor and volunteer; Colley Andrews and Darvin Knapp celebrated at the event with executive director Frank Alberson. Thank you Journal Record for honoring businesses who support non profit organizations and very worthy causes in our community!


June

Check out the June 6th Piedmont-Surrey Gazette article “Group home gives boys a second chance”

White Fields is celebrating its first high school graduate who will head off to college in the fall to study entrepreneurship. Click here to read more…

Impact Oklahoma Board Members Present Check to White Fields – June 5, 2013

Impact Oklahoma board members presented executive director Frank Alberson with a gift to support a new foster home.


May

White Fields Awarded Impact Oklahoma Grant to Expand Foster Homes on Campus-featured in May 13th Oklahoman article

White Fields will now be able to add another home on its campus to increase the number of children it serves thanks to Impact Oklahoma’s generosity. Click here to read more…

Sarkeys Foundation Awards Grant to White Fields – May 7, 2013

Sarkeys Foundation awarded White Fields a grant to support our therapy program today. Their contribution will allow us to continue providing high quality mental health treatment to our boys to help them heal from the past abuse and trauma. Thank you to the board of directors: Teresa Adwan, Elizabeth Base, Dr. John Bell, Clay Christensen, Dan Little, Jim Loftis, Joseph Morris and Terry West along with executive director Kim Henry and senior program officer Linda English Weeks. We are very grateful for your support and belief in our mission!

White Fields Foster Family Helps Infant and Toddler in Crisis – May 7, 2013

This past weekend a precious 4 week old and 2 year old were taken from their mother who was unable to care for them due to drugs and neglect. Our foster family received a phone call inquiring if they could provide respite care for these precious children until a permanent placement could be found. Caleigh and Taylor Brown, White Fields foster parents, did not hesitate to make room for the children alongside their own biological infant and foster teenage son. “Now, White Fields has two additional children in our care and we couldn’t be more proud to serve,” said Frank Alberson, Executive Director. Our foster parents did not think twice about an opportunity to provide a loving, nurturing home for these little children who needed a place to call home. The children, whose mother grew up in foster care is repeating the same cycle we are working so hard to break with our boys. We are very thankful to the Brown family for stepping up and answering the call to take care of children in their time of need.

Check out the May 7th Oklahoman article: “Sarkeys Foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations”

Sarkeys is providing White Fields with a grant to support the therapy program.Click here to read more…


April

Check out the April 23rd Oklahoman article: “Your Life: White Fields provides healing, structure to victims of abuse, neglect”

Charlotte Lankard: White Fields’ mission is to provide love, stability, healing and guidance and empower severely abused and neglected boys to become productive citizens.Click here to read more…

Chesapeake’s Operation Blue begins on White Fields Campus – April 10, 2013

Today volunteers Troy Widener and Melissa Vahlberg helped us kick off Chesapeake’s Operation Blue efforts on the White Fields campus!They are one of several groups that will come out to lend us a helping hand by participating in service projects over the next couple of months. A special thanks to them and the Chesapeake employees for willing to share their time and talent!

White Fields adds to its residents by welcoming a new 9 year old boy to campus – April 4, 2013

We welcomed a new 9 year old child onto campus today! We are happy to have him and look forward to watching him grow and heal over time! Here on campus we are able to provide therapy, structure, love, and encouragement for him. Through this transition we are working to ensure he moves from darkness into light.


March

Serving the Savior with Sewing Delivers Quilt – March 2, 2013

For several years now a special group of women have been handcrafting quilts for each new boy who comes into our care. They recently delivered an OSU themed quilt to our newest child. We truly appreciate the love and time spent on each quilt. Thank you Elaine Brown, Teddy Ross, Lenora Norholm and members of Serving the Savior with Sewing.


February

OKC Thunder Players Visit White Fields – February 23, 2013

White Fields’ boys had a huge surprise when four Oklahoma City Thunder players arrived on campus to visit them recently. Jeremy Lamb, Daniel Orton, Perry Jones and Kendrick Perkins spent time shooting some hoops with our boys as well as personally sharing some of their life experiences with our children. Thank you OKC Thunder for your generosity-our boys will never forget your kindness!

Check out the Oklahoman article: “Perkins provides tickets for local youth”

Oklahoma City’s Big Man Visited White Fields Boys Home on Saturday, February 23rd and Was Moved By What He Saw. Click here to read more…

Spread the Love: Valentine’s Week at White Fields – February 12, 2013

Thank you to our long- time friend and volunteer, Todd Lovelace, for presenting the “Love Language Seminar” to our boys and staff! If you would like to know what your love language is, check out www.5lovelanguages.com. It is important to love others the way they receive it best! It can make all the difference. Pictured are the hearts that tell how our boys and staff responded to the question “What is Love?”


January

Superior Finance Box Drop Off – January 31, 2013

Thank you Superior Finance for thinking of our boys! The sweet gift boxes you dropped off are wonderful! You are greatly appreciated!