Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OKC Events: January 17, 2006

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OKC Events: January 17, 2006

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Allied Arts, which will open its annual fund-raising campaign later this month, has launched a new entertainment card program. The new OKCityCard will replace the Star Card offered in previous years.

The new card will have 107 partners, giving a strong appeal with its discount values. Included in the partners are organizations or businesses offering music, food, sports, shopping, museums, theater, dance and, of course, fun.

For just $45, OKCityCard provides a full year of savings on all kinds of events and promotions in the Greater Oklahoma City area. Some are 2-for-1 offers and others are discount benefits. Included are 15 attractions and events, 27 performing arts partners, 21 shops and services, 24 restaurants and 11 museums.

The new discount card is available by calling (405) 278-8944 or in person at the Allied Arts office, 1 N. Hudson Ave., during daily business hours. The card also is available at Quail Springs Mall or Sooner Mall.

The first new OKCityCard was presented to Mayor Mick Cornett during the unveiling ceremony Monday at the Bricktown Brewery. Helping to showcase the new project were costumed mascots showcasing new card partners. All proceeds from the sale of the cards will go to Allied Arts.

The goal of the 2006 Allied Arts fund campaign is $1.85 million. The chairman of the campaign is David Thompson and vice chair is Ann Johnstone. The honorary chairman is Josephine Freede. Donna Rinehart is president of the agency, which provides financial support to 20 area arts agencies.

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Oklahoma Cityans are among the worst at planning ahead. They call at the last minute for reservations to a special event and they even show up at the door, expecting to purchase admission tickets to the benefit or performance or whatever.

Let it be known that several upcoming events may shock those arriving at the door with checkbooks or plastic in hand. The event may already be sold out.

For example, fiEGGSta, the annual omelette party benefiting the Oklahoma City Museum of Art on Saturday at the Bricktown Coca-Cola Events Center, will be limited to 1,200 guests and as of Monday, 700 reservations were on the books. …

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