60th Annual Awards Dinner

60th Annual Awards Dinner Honoring Clark & Michelle Wiens and Circle Cinema

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Cox Business Center

Reception at 6 p.m.

Dinner and Program at 7 p.m.

Clark and Michelle Wiens & Circle Cinema

The power of Clark and Michelle Wiens' collective philanthropic efforts are felt throughout Northeastern Oklahoma and beyond. Their shared vision for the arts, culture and social justice elevate the communities and organizations they serve.

Clark is a member of the Oklahoma Center for Community of Justice Board of Directors, co-founder of Sapulpa Arts, and has been involved on the board of the Starlight Concert for 30 years. He also serves on the Tulsa Girls Art School Advisory Board, the Oklahoma Arts Institute Film and Video Advisory panel, and is a past member of the Multiple Sclerosis Board. 

He has played a role in the making of several films, including the production of “Bill’s Thud,” which chronicled his brother-in-law’s Vietnam War experience. Through the making of the film, he created a Vietnam Memorial in Illinois with the warplane featured in the film. Clark was also a video assistant on interviews of Oklahoma Holocaust survivors for the Shoah Visual History Foundation. 

In addition to his charitable endeavors, Clark was an owner of a successful wholesale lumber company, Cedar Creek, which he founded when he returned to Tulsa from San Francisco 40 years ago. Clark is an alumnus of the University of Tulsa.

Michelle Kelly Wiens’ passion for both art and the Jewish community is evident through her service and involvement in a wide range of projects. She interviewed Oklahoma Holocaust survivors for the Shoah Visual History Foundation and the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art. She was the filmmaker of the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art permanent exhibit films, “In Their Own Words” and “Eva Unterman Ghetto Experiences.” Additionally, she further researched the story of Margot Kaiser and her rescuer, Sarah Bear, also known as Nicole Moscovici. Michelle documented their experiences in a cover story for the ADL’s annual publication, “The Hidden Child.”

She spearheaded the renovation of Harwelden Mansion’s pond and surrounding grounds, further enhancing the midtown landmark. This is something she hoped to do since she was a teenager participating in theater projects sponsored by the Arts Council of Tulsa.

Michelle’s board and committee service includes the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art, Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa, Tulsa Girls Art School Advisory Board and Yom HaShoah annual interfaith event founding committee. She was also the Film and Special Events Coordinator for the Philbrook Museum of Art.

Circle Cinema is Clark and Michelle’s gift to Tulsa. Co-founded with George Kravis in 2001, the historic 1928 movie theater was recreated with the goal of inspiring “Community Consciousness through Film.” A landmark in the Kendall-Whittier Neighborhood, the theater reopened in 2004 with one screen. Circle Cinema now operates with four screens and is a cultural center and destination. This is possible through the generosity, dedication and hard work of many others.

Circle Cinema believes in the power of film. It believes film can transcend the differences that separate individuals from each other. Film has the ability to transport the viewer, not only to other places and times they might never have imagined but also to emotional and empathic realms where they may have not otherwise realized.

Circle Cinema maintains an eclectic showing of films with education at the center. It has partnered with over 150 non-profits and schools in order to showcase their mission through film.

OCCJ and Circle Cinema enjoy a relationship full of community-driven partnerships. In 2011, the nonprofits partnered for a series of screenings of the film “Bully,” where 4,000 students viewed the film and engaged in dialogue about improving interpersonal relationships in schools. More recently, Circle Cinema hosted an evening for OCCJ to discuss its connection to the film “Won't You Be My Neighbor?” featuring Fred Rogers. “Different and the Same,” the second-grade anti-prejudice program utilized by OCCJ was created by Fred Rogers of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.”

OCCJ’s 60th Annual Awards Dinner is not the first time Michelle, Clark and Circle Cinema will receive recognition for their contributions to the community. The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art honored Michelle, Clark and the Circle Cinema collectively at the annual museum gala event in 2017.

Sponsorship Levels

Presenting Sponsor - $25,000

  • Three premier tables for ten (30 reservations)
  • Special recognition in event publicity, program, from the podium and all print, TV and social media

Human Spirit Sponsor - $12,500

  • Two premier tables for ten (20 reservations)
  • Special recognition in event publicity, program, and from the podium and social media

Community and Justice Sponsor - $7,500

  • One premier table for ten (10 reservations)
  • Special recognition in event publicity, program and from the podium

One World Circle - $5,000

  • One preferred table for ten (10 reservations)
  • Special recognition in the program

Bridge Builder Sponsor - $3,000

  • One reserved table for ten (10 reservations)
  • Special recognition in the program 

Individual Tickets - $300

For additional information or to sponsor the event, contact Eileen Schaumleffle at 918-583-1361 or eschaumleffle@occjok.org. Individual tickets and sponsorships are also available online through Network For Good.  


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