special guest
charity Wallace

founder & president,
Wallace global impact

Emcee
Amanda Taylor

Anchor,
KWTV News 9

Barbara Green

honorary chair

Mary Blankenship Pointer

Co-chair

Shelly Douglas

Co-chair

thursday, February 24 | 2022
luncheon

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73111

Charity Wallace

Author & Speaker

Charity Wallace, founder and president of Wallace Global Impact, is a strategic, mission-driven, and pioneering executive leader with expertise in social impact, foreign policy, global development and women’s empowerment. She most recently served as Sr Vice President and Managing Director at the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation, overseeing the team working to cultivate private sector investment in projects across strategic regions and sectors and projects that empower women and applied a gender lens across DFC’s investment portfolio. Wallace was the founding Vice President of the Global Women’s Initiatives at the Bush Institute and served as Senior Advisor and Chief of Staff to Laura Bush.

Wallace served in the Bush Administration for all eight years, most notably as Director of Advance for the First Lady and Deputy Chief of Protocol of the United States. She earned her master’s degree in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves on the Board of Akola Academy, and the Advisory Boards of the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University, All in Together,    and 4word.

Amanda Taylor

Anchor, KWTV News 9

Amanda Taylor can be seen weekdays co-anchoring the 5pm, 6pm, and 10pm newscasts on KWTV News 9. Since joining the News 9 team, Amanda’s been recognized with multiple awards for her work. These include 5 Emmys, an Edward R. Murrow Award, Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters awards, Associated Press honors, and Society of Professional Journalist awards.

Amanda also has a passion for the welfare of children. Through her community outreach efforts, she has helped raise more than two million dollars to feed hungry children. 

When you don’t see Amanda on television, she keeps busy chasing after her very active children, Gage and Harlow, and hanging out with her husband Nick and their Wheaten Terrier, Willie. 

paving the way | impact project

project summary

Thanks to the support of the women of Hearts of Hope, Rise Cafe will soon be open and impacting our community. In anticipation of this new enterprise, we have recognized the need to ensure adequate and safe parking for both City Rescue Mission and Rise Cafe. Safe and reliable transportation is key for our clients who utilize their personal vehicles to access services and employment in the community. With street parking as the only current option available for client parking, it is a high priority to provide secure and well-lit parking areas. 

In addition to parking, it is also crucial to provide funding for the ongoing needs of the Vocational Culinary Program. Made possible by the completion of the Kitchen of Hope, this program, along with the Rise Cafe, will provide professional training, certification, and hands on learning. Program participants will be provided with a long-term career path with a living wage income, thereby diminishing the chances of recycling into homelessness. Funds raised will be utilized to provide instructional materials and equipment, and certification and licensing for participants.

project impact

Full funding of these projects will allow us to continue growing and developing programs that offer lifelong solutions to people experiencing homelessness. These projects will:

  • Ensure secure parking options for staff and clients commuting to work and  community services  
  • Provide key components for the Vocational Culinary Program
  • Empower clients with marketable employment skills

Thank you to our
Amazing 2022 Sponsors

Heart sponsors

Barbara Green

Hope sponsors

Suzanne Rodden

Rise sponsors

Vickie Bailey

Chickasaw Nation

Jeanne Cotter

Crossings Community Church

Nancy Dyer

Peggy Kates

Mary Blankenship Pointer

RKD Group

Cindy Robinson

Schuler Enterprises LLC

Jeannie Strickland

Karen Waddell

Connie Williams

Shine sponsors

Peggy Bass

Pam Cole

Crowe & Dunlevy

Susan Dakil

Inez Freeman

Janet Gilliam

Alisa Trang Green

Laurie Kelly

Peggy Low

Dana Mclain

Pella of Oklahoma

Roberta Roberts

Barb Swanson

Table hostess

Jana Barnes

Bank Of Oklahoma 

Rhonda Barcum

Casey Batson

Jennine Bortmess

Andi Boutwell

Lori Briggs

Melissa Brockway

Capitol Hill Assembly Of God

Pat Carr

Shelly Douglas

Shary Hayes

Estela Hernandez

Julie Higginbotham

Ann Hunzicker

Melissa Leyba

Ronda Little

Sandra Maloney

Mid-Del Vision Source

Jeaneen Pointer

Tonya Ratcliff

Tamara Sanderson

Sonya Sugg

Pam Tims

Dortha Vela

Mellodee Wallace

Valued supporters

Karla Cargill
Margaret Bass
Libby Davis
Margaret Eaton
Laurie Garrison
Alice Hager
Janet Hostetter
Ann Lawton

Peggy Lunde

Sharon Moore
Ronna Morrisett
Kay & Clark Musser
Joanne Phelps
Dr. Tammy Ross
Nedra Schulhoff
Jennifer Woods