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Oklahoma City Indian Clinic hosts Thirteenth Annual Red Feather Gala

Oklahoma City Indian Clinic hosts Thirteenth Annual Red Feather Gala

Michael H. Wright, M.D., founder of Oklahoma Kidz Charities Foundation, honored as the Spirit of the Urban Indian.

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City Indian Clinic (OKCIC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit clinic providing health and wellness services to American Indians in central Oklahoma, recently held its Thirteenth Annual Red Feather Gala on Saturday, November 4, 2017, at the Cox Convention Center Grand Ballroom in downtown Oklahoma City. The gala raised funds for OKCIC’s CARES Capital Campaign towards purchasing digital mammography equipment, and featured live and silent auctions, live painting and a traditional Native American dance exhibition by children.

Currently, OKCIC partners with Oklahoma University Breast Health Network (BHN), which brings their mobile digital mammography program to OKCIC five times a month. This partnership is the only way patients at OKCIC can receive mammograms.

“Purchasing this equipment provides our patients privacy and convenience by giving them daily access to life-saving screenings, extended hours and more appointment availability,” Robyn Sunday-Allen said, OKCIC’s Chief Executive Officer. “This will distinguish us as one of the few Indian health care providers in Oklahoma with the ability to detect early stages of breast cancer on-site.”

Michael H. Wright, M.D., founder of Oklahoma Kidz Charities Foundation, received the Spirit of the Urban Indian honor for the generosity he has given towards kids in Oklahoma. Dr. Wright has especially helped the Harmon-y Pediatric Clinic at OKCIC by raising over $400,000 throughout the years by way of hosting the Mark Harmon Celebrity Weekend. This helped OKCIC’s Harmon-y Pediatric Clinic to expand in size from one provider and one nurse working in two basic exam rooms to 12 staff members, including four providers, in a state-of-the-art 8,000 square-foot Pediatric Clinic.

The Central Plains Dancers, led by Randy Frazier, had three wonderful children perform this year’s Native Dances. Guests in attendance had the opportunity to participate in a Native American Friendship Dance. Jude Scout Yarholar, DezaRae Simmons and Dino MedicineBird were the three young dancers who performed the Fancy Dance, Jingle Dance and Straight Dance.

Over the course of the evening, Native American artists Zonly Looman, J. NiCole Hatfield and Rhiana Deck were given one hour to perform a live painting exhibition. Looman, Hatfield and Deck’s paintings were auctioned, along with other items, during the live auction.

As always, the Red Feather Gala is “the most fun you’ll have at a formal event.” This year the gala was emceed by KFOR’s Joleen Chaney and over 580 people, mostly dressed in red, attended the event.

Next year’s Fourteenth Annual Red Feather Gala will be held on November 3, 2018, in the Grand Ballroom of the Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens. For more information about this event or to reserve your tickets early, please call (405) 948-4900 ext. 621.

About Oklahoma City Indian Clinic

Oklahoma City Indian Clinic was established in 1974 to provide excellent health care and wellness services to American Indians in central Oklahoma. The clinic staff cares for more than 18,000 patients from over 200 federally recognized tribes every year. American Indians can receive a range of services, including medical, dental, pediatrics, prenatal, pharmacy, optometry, physical fitness, nutrition, family programs and behavioral health services. For more information, please call (405) 948-4900 or visit www.okcic.com.