Oklahoma City Indian Clinic (OKCIC), celebrates the Red Feather Gala each year during Native American Heritage month. This year’s occasion raised $150,000 and will provide 30 pairs of hearing aids for patients in need.
Held at the Omni Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City, this year’s Red Feather Gala was emceed by Ali Meyer and Joleen Chaney, news anchors from KFOR. They successfully united nearly 600 supporters, including tribal representatives from various parts of Oklahoma, to contribute to OKCIC’s charitable mission. To support the cause, attendees had the opportunity to make donations through a silent and live auction featuring items, such as trips, autographed sports memorabilia, and Native art.
An outstanding moment of the evening was when RADM (Ret.) Kevin Meeks received the 2023 Spirit of the Urban Indian honor. RADM Meeks was honored for his lifelong commitment to improving the well-being of Native Americans in Oklahoma. As a proud citizen of Chickasaw Nation, he currently serves as Deputy Secretary of Health. Throughout his career, he has played a pivotal role in the enhancement of health care services for American Indians.
“I am very honored to receive the Spirit of the Urban Indian Honor,” said RADM Meeks. “I’m so proud of Oklahoma City Indian Clinic’s accomplishments. They have created outstanding and nurtured outstanding partnerships with area tribes and the Indian Health Service. OKCIC is a great example for other urban Indian programs to emulate.”
The gala provided attendees with an opportunity to immerse themselves in Native American culture through a captivating dance performance by the Central Plains Dancers. Additionally, guests could make memories at the photo booth, while enjoying a night of dancing with live music and karaoke.
“Hosting the annual Red Feather Gala is crucial. This fundraising event allows us to raise funds for services at the clinic and strengthens the community bonds through an evening of philanthropy and fun,” said Oklahoma City Indian Clinic CEO Robyn Sunday-Allen.
Looking forward to ongoing success, Oklahoma City Indian Clinic is excited to announce its 20th annual Red Feather Gala will be held on November 2, 2024. For more information about the event, please visit http://www.redfeathergala.com.