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"Aim High Academy combines FITNESS and FAITH to help build bright FUTURES in urban children and youth from the North Tulsa community and beyond."
Mary Lou Retton, who electrified the world with her gold medal-winning performance at the 1984 Olympic Games, will be the guest of honor at Aim High Academy’s Gold Medal Gala.
Retton became the first U.S. female athlete to win gold in the individual all-around gymnast competition. Retton also earned two silver and two bronze medals during the games.
“Mary Lou Retton has been my idol my entire life,” said Jennifer Patterson, Aim High Academy’s executive director. “She is the reason I went into gymnastics and has been my inspiration throughout my journey. I am still in shock that she will actually be at our event.”
The Gold Medal Gala will feature Retton’s keynote presentation, music by Grady Nichols, appetizers by Napa Flats Wood-Fired Kitchen, dinner provided by some of Tulsa’s finest restaurants, a live and silent auction, and a new contest to crown “America’s Next Top Gymnast.”
This slightly tongue-in-cheek competition will feature local “stars” performing a gymnastic floor routine that will be judged by Aim High Academy gymnasts.
Among this year’s participants will be Jill Donovan, owner of Rustic Cuff. Donovan said, “Whenever I’m asked the question, ‘If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive, who would it be?’ My answer, for 32 years without fail, has always been Mary Lou Retton.
“She inspired me as a young gymnast with very big goals and aspirations to push past the pain and to dream bigger dreams than seemed possible at the time,” she said. Donovan also helped to bring Retton to Tulsa through a Rustic Cuff promotion to benefit Aim High Academy.
Aim High Academy recently purchased Tulsa World of Gymnastics with the help of a $1 million donation after a tornado destroyed the Aim High facility in 2015. Aim High Academy is a nonprofit gymnastics program that serves more than 250 children in north Tulsa.
Event details: 5:45 p.m. registration, 6:30 p.m. event Sept. 29 at the Church at Battlecreek, 3025 N. Aspen Ave., Broken Arrow.
Attire: Business casual
Tickets: $50. Table for 10, $450.
Michelle McKinney, Gold Medal Gala event chair; Jill Donovan, founder and owner of Rustic Cuff; and Jennifer Patterson, Aim High Academy founding executive director, prepare for the ninth annual Gold Medal Gala, benefiting Aim High Academy.
Mary Lou Retton
Aim High Academy Fundraiser
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