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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

2011 Ghouls Gone Wild Parade

Off with your head!

"Leghoul Aid – Making the law a little less scary!!"

The 5th Annual Gazette’s Halloween Parade celebration or better known as the Ghouls Gone Wild Parade since 2007, took place Saturday, October 29, at 7 p.m. in Midtown and Downtown Oklahoma City. Over 100 entries / floats were featured from local businesses and organizations as well as live music and plenty of spooks and scary creatures for the whole family.

Legal Aid's float platform was a court room scene filled with Halloween drama!  The jury, played by Rachel Galindo and daughter of Rick Goralewicz, found the defendant guilty while Judge Richard Vreeland sentenced the dummy defendant’s beheading which was performed by slayer Rick Goralewicz.  A gruesome win for the Plaintiff, Aubrie Comp’s husband.

Aubrie Comp, Cindy Goble, Celeste Warden and friends walked along the float.  Walkers carried dummy heads filled with candy to hand out to the 50,000 plus spectators.  Pumpkins from the 1st Annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest were placed on the float.

Thank you to all participants who made the event successful and lots of fun:  Rachel Galindo, Rick Goralewicz and daughter, Richard Vreealand, Maria Perez and husband, Aubrie Comp and husband plus friends, Cindy Goble and Celeste Warden. 

“We had a great time and look forward to doing it again next year!”
Aubrie Comp
For more on the 2011 Ghouls Gone Wild Parade, visit the website:

Thursday, October 20, 2011

It's the Great Pumpkin

Legal Aid's First Pumpkin Decorating Contest

The Legal Aid Services Oklahoma City Law Office is holding their first annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest.  Pumpkins will be judged on the afternoon of Friday, October 28th by an impartial external group of Judges.  The top three winners will receive Walmart gift cards in the amounts of $25, $15 and $10 prizes!  You can see each decorated pumpkins which will be proudly displayed on board Legal Aid's float in the Ghoul's Gone Wild parade. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

I got the shirt!

I got the shirt!

Warrior Dash landed in Oklahoma for the first time in 2011.
The extreme event took place in Tulsa on Saturday, September 24th. Monica Ferguson, Application Specialist, participated in the 3.2 mile obstacle course challenge.
Monica did everything from mud-crawling to leaping over fire. "It was awesome! I'll do it again next year!!" Congrats Monica!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Brian Lepak honored with Sooner Schooner Award

Brian Lepak, son of Application Hotline Managing Attorney, Linda Lepak, was honored on April 12th by OU President David Boren at the University's Scholar Athlete Breakfast.

By GUERIN EMIG World Sports Writer

NORMAN - What's Brian Lepak doing now that he's finished playing Oklahoma football? One-upping Landry Jones, for starters.

Lepak has grown a mustache, a much fuller version of the stubble Jones wears above his upper lip.

"I grew a beard, then donned the mustache a couple days ago just for good times," Lepak said after being presented the Sooner Schooner Scholastic Award Tuesday morning. "I figured it was getting too hot for a beard, so I trimmed it up for a young Tom Selleck look. I don't know if I'll get there. I don't know if I'll stick with it that long, but that would be the ultimate goal.

Former Claremore standout Brian Lepak (center) receives the Sooner Schooner Scholastic Award from Joe Castiglione (back left) and OU President David Boren at the University's Scholar Athlete Breakfast on Tuesday. STEVE SISNEY / The Oklahoman

"There's a certain quality of class and refinement. It makes me look like I have dashing good looks."

If it sounds like Lepak is enjoying life, he is.

The former Claremore standout finished his OU career in the Fiesta Bowl. His action in the 48-20 victory over Connecticut put him over 400 snaps for his senior season. Not bad for a guy who walked on after transferring from Colorado State three years ago. Things were good.

They've gotten better, or at least busier, since.

One year after his showstopping rendition of "Me and Mrs. Jones," Lepak returns to OU's annual athletes' talent show next Monday night for an encore.

"They needed to fill 10 minutes, so I'm singing three songs," he said. "Some Michael Bublé stuff."

Tuesday, Lepak unveiled his mustache to a ballroom of approximately 400 people, when he accepted his Schooner for maintaining the highest GPA among graduating OU football players. He earned his finance degree in December. He has applied for OU's law school, although that is a fallback.

"I'm wholeheartedly pursuing the NFL," Lepak said. "I signed with an agent. I went up to Indianapolis to train for pro day, and now I'm training with Sam (Bradford), Roy Williams, Dusty Dvoracek here at OU. We'll see what happens.

"The draft is on the 28th. If that works out, awesome. If not, we'll have to wait and see what happens with the lockout in terms of free agency."
If the NFL's labor issues drag on, or the draft/free agency period doesn't net the desired results, it's back to OU. To hit the books, not the blocking sled.

"I put a seat deposit down," Lepak said of law school. "I would like to practice here in Oklahoma or in Texas. The other schools I looked at were Minnesota and Notre Dame. They're great schools, but in terms of where I'll wind up, OU is the best option."

Besides, that will keep him closer to his old football program. As much fun as he's having, and as much as he anticipates his future, Lepak already misses it.

"I've been back to two practices and I keep in touch with everybody," he said. "I do miss the team. I'll miss the camaraderie with my teammates on the offensive line. We're great friends. And it's a lot of fun to play Oklahoma football...

"There was something really special about game day and getting to put on the crimson and cream and getting out there on the field. It was my dream as a child. I'm really happy to be able to look back and say I was a part of that.

"It was a very fulfilling career."

Original Print Headline: OU's Lepak looks toward future
Read more from this Tulsa World article at

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

2010 Oklahoma City AIDS Walk a Success!

The 2010 AIDS Walk in Oklahoma City was by all accounts a huge success!

The 2010 Oklahoma City AIDS Walk was held on Sunday, September 19, 2010, at Sonic Plaza in Bricktown, Oklahoma City at 2 p.m.

AIDS Walks are organized each year in Oklahoma to build awareness about HIV/AIDS and to raise funds that will support the work of nonprofit organizations that provide HIV/AIDS direct care, support services and education. This includes Legal Aid, who receives grant assistance from the AIDS Walk of Oklahoma City.

The Tulsa AIDS Walk will be held on October 2nd at Veteran's Park, 1875 South Boulder Drive. Registration for that walk begins at 9 a.m. and the walk is at 9:30. If you would like to participate in the Tulsa walk or donate to either of the 2010 AIDS Walks, you may do so by contacting Marveda Stinson, Rhonda Freeman or Craig Reffner.

A big thank-you to all the Legal Aid staff who donated to this year’s AIDS Walk in Oklahoma City. A special thank-you also goes to those Legal Aid staff who walked in the AIDS Walk as well as Marveda Stinson, who managed the Legal Aid booth during the AIDS Walk. Way to go, you guys!!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Feel Like Rockin' This Saturday???

pictured above: The Jeffrey James Trio (from Left to Right, Eric Harris - bass, Jeffrey James - lead vocals and guitar and Noah Taylor - drums)

Gary Taylor invites everyone to come check out his son Noah's band, The Jeffrey James Trio, play at Odie's Blue Saloon in Oklahoma City this Saturday.

Odie's Blue Saloon is located on NW 10th Street between Villa and May. The Jeffrey James Trio is set to begin at 9:30 p.m. this Saturday, August 14.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Fun Activities Planned for 2010 United Way Campaign in OKC!!

Join us here at the Oklahoma City office for a month of fun as we aim to raise money for United Way of Central Oklahoma.

This year, we are doing things a little differently. Each Friday, we will have an activity where you can earn a “participation point.” For every point earned, your name will be placed in a drawing for fabulous prizes at our rally on August 20. Below is a schedule of all the fun Friday events coming up!!

Friday, July 23: Used Book Exchange

Read any good books lately? Or just want to pass off some books that are collecting dust? Bring them to the OKC Library/Conference Room by noon on 7/23. During the lunch hour, we'll browse through our co-workers donations and take what interests us.

Friday, July 30: Random Act of Kindness

Go out of your way to express a little kindness to a friend, co-worker, family member or complete stranger. E-mail your RAK (Random Act of Kindness) to Be sure to let us know if you DON'T want your RAK posted for public viewing.

Also on July 30, bring a baby picture. (More information below.)

Friday, August 6: Dessert Contest

Bring your best sweet to the kitchen area before 11:00. Winner gets an extra participation point and bragging rights!

Friday, August 13: Who's that Cute Baby/ Baby Photo ID Contest

Come to the Library/Conference Room and guess which cutie patootie is which co-worker. If you turn in your United Way pledge by 8/13, you'll receive an extra participation point.

Friday, August 20: United Way Rally and Beach Blanket Bingo

Join all your co-workers as we wrap up our annual United Way campaign. This is where you have a chance to win all those fabulous prizes!

Stay tuned for more details in the weeks to come!!!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Legal Aid's "Legal Knievels" Place 3rd Overall at 2010 United Way Pacesetter Games!

The United Way Pacesetter games were held outside the Daily Oklahoman building in Oklahoma City on June 22, 2010.

Legal Aid receives funding from United Way of Central Oklahoma for the Oklahoma City Law office and from 16 other United Way agencies statewide to help support our 20 offices across Oklahoma.

United Way agencies depend on support from the community.

"United Way coordinates the collective strength of more than 50,000 local donors, hundreds of local businesses, non-profit organizations, government agencies, labor unions, and faith groups to deliver long-term solutions for individuals and families in central Oklahoma," states the United Way of Central Oklahoma's website.

The Pacesetter Games provide an evening of fun and games for the Pacesetter companies. The games serve as a fun, competitive, and enthusiastic kickoff to the Pacesetter Campaign for United Way. "Pacesetters" is the name for companies who agree to volunteer to do their own campaign for United Way and strive to increase annual giving from their organizations by 10% from the previous year. Legal Aid is proud to be a pacesetter and participated in the opening games at the 2010 United Way Pacesetter Games. In fact, they came in 3rd place!

Congratulations to Legal Aid's "Legal Knievels" for placing 3rd overall at the 2010 United Way Pacesetter games! This year, they actually finished the canoe race without capsizing! That's alone makes them winners!!

Great job, guys!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

John Kerr on Free Wheel Oklahoma

Source: KJRH Tulsa

2010 marks the 32nd running of Oklahoma's premier bicycle touring event. Over a thousand cyclists, support staff, and family members gather near the Texas-Oklahoma state line for the trek north to Kansas.

Click the link below to see Tulsa Legal Aid's own John Kerr featured as one of the cyclists...

Thursday, June 17, 2010

SalsaFest Heating up Tulsa This Weekend...


Tulsa Business Journal

Tulsa Business Staff


On Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Eloté Café & Catering will host SalsaFest, a community-wide festival that will feature a salsa-making contest, salsa music and dancing, a chili pepper-eating contest, children’s activities and — new this year — a Chihuahua costume contest and race, in downtown Tulsa at the Chapman Centennial Green at Sixth Street and Boston Avenue.

Local restaurateurs and home cooks are invited to bring their salsa to the festival. Contestants must use at least one Oklahoma-grown ingredient in their salsa, and they will be judged in three categories: spicy, traditional and alternative. The public will choose three winners, a panel of celebrity judges will choose a winner, and the salsa maker who uses the most local ingredients will also be named a winner.

The winners of the awards get to toss 300 pounds of tomatoes off a seven-story building across the street from the festival.

Proceeds raised at SalsaFest benefit Sustainable Tulsa, a nonprofit organization that promotes responsible economic growth, quality of life and environmental stewardship. Sustainable Tulsa plans to utilize the funds to design an educational and environmentally friendly playground in the core business district of downtown Tulsa.

“In order to make downtown more attractive to families, we need to create family-friendly environment,” said Libby Auld, owner of Eloté Café & Catering, Sustainable Tulsa board member and SalsaFest chair. “We want to create an environmentally friendly playground in the core business district to attract more families downtown while also furthering the mission of Sustainable Tulsa. SalsaFest is a fun, flavorful way to accomplish this goal.”

In 2009, SalsaFest brought a diverse crowd of more than 1,500 to downtown and raised more than $2,500 for Sustainable Tulsa. In addition to the impact SalsaFest had on Sustainable Tulsa, it also boosted sales at many downtown businesses.

SalsaFest is free and open to the public. SalsaFest sponsors include Choose Tulsa Jobs, Public Service Co. of Oklahoma, Eloté Café & Catering, Tecate, Kanbar Properties, Gable & Gotwals and 120 Development Group.