Wilkinson Hosts Media Shop for Nonprofit Organizations

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Biggest complaint from non-profit agencies - and other organizations, too - is lack of publicity or news coverage. "We can't seem to get any coverage," they wail.

Well, Carol Wilkinson, director of public affairs at KOCO-TV, hopes to help them.

On Tuesday, Sept. 17, her station, through the cooperation of the Gannett Foundation and the Foundation for American Communication, will offer a free media workshop for all non-profit organizationsin Oklahoma City.

"Two conference times are set," Carol said. Both will be in the Kirkpatrick Center Conference Room, 5200 N. Eastern Ave., with one scheduled from 9 a.m. until noon and the other from 1 p.m. until 4p.m.

Wilkinson says that the Foundation for American Communication is a national educational institute established in 1976 to improve the media communication process in the U.S. She says nationally recognized experts in media communications will be among the speakers, as well as local media experts. Workshop attendees also will receive free copies of "Media Resource Guide: How to Tell Your Story."

Formal invitations to the workshop will go out the end of this month. . .

- Guest speaker at the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce luncheon today will be Dr. William G. Thurman, president of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.

This will be the Chamber's annual meeting with the Oklahoma Health Sciences Foundation. Lee Allan Smith will preside at the luncheon at the Sheraton Century Center Hotel.

Also honored at the luncheon will be Mrs. Louise Fluke, designer of the Oklahoma flag. Her design for the flag was adopted April 2, 1925.

Bill Thurman, who has headed the OMRF for the past six years, also serves as a professor of pediatrics at the college of medicine of the University of Oklahoma. Formerly he served as provost and vice president of medical affairs at the OU Health Sciences Center. . .

- And, speaking of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, the name Lara Teeter comes to mind.

Lara is a talented actor/singer/dancer whose parents, the Bonner Teeters, live in Oklahoma City. Lara lives in New York now where he just finished starring in "On Your Toes."

What brings him to mind is that while we were in New York last, we taped Lara for a video public service announcement on behalf of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. The spot was taped across from the Plaza Hotel near Central Park. Although we didn't plan it that way, the musical background turned out to be a small jazz band playing for donations.

Lara was taped dancing across the little plaza where he gracefully leaped upon a park bench to do his spiel. He did it well, of course. But what was really delightful was that right at the very end, he raised his right hand and said "Hi, Mom!" We'll probably leave that on the video spot when it's released to area television stations early in the fall.

Incidentally, Lara isn't far from home right now. He and Oklahoma City singer/actress Billie Thrash have been doing "Promises, Promises" at the Wichita Musical Theater. . .

- Plans for Odyssey '85 are going great guns. That's the gala three-day benefit held every other year to raise money for the Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra. Theme for this year's Odyssey, scheduled Oct. 31, Nov. 1 and 2, is "Three Days on the Riviera," according to co-chairmen Mrs. John R. Rex and Mrs. Robert P. Lammerts.

The first day will feature a fashion show in St. Tropez, better known in Oklahoma City as the new Marriott Hotel. The second evening, Diamond Circle patrons - those who purchase the $1,000 per couple tickets - will be feted at a special cocktail supper at the former Hales Mansion. This will be titled "An Evening in Cannes."

The final gala, which will be have the theme of the Monte Carlo international playground, will be at the Skirvin Plaza Hotel's Grand Ballroom. …