NATIONAL EVENTS HIGHLIGHT APRIL AT COX BUSINESS CENTER

(Tulsa, Okla.) March 29, 2017 – A busy April starts this weekend at Cox Business Center with the Little Light House “Garden Party” on Saturday, April 1, in the Ballroom. Themed “Shine,” this event benefits Little Light House helping to improve the quality of life for children with special needs and their families. For more information, go to Little Light House at Garden Party 2017.

The first annual national “Strong Towns Summit” ends April 1 with sessions from 9am-Noon in the Assembly Hall. Strong Towns is a national media nonprofit whose content reaches thousands of readers/listeners monthly covering the topics of transportation, land use, urban design, community resilience and more. Expected Saturday attendance is 250. For registration and more information, please visit Strong Towns Summit.

“Life in Color,” the world’s largest paint party, celebrates their 10 year anniversary with a return to CBC Exhibit Halls April 1 from 7pm-midnight. The event features ZEDS DEAD, Ghastly and Solano and has a 16+ age limit. Attendees must show a valid ID for entrance. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster or at CBC ticket office beginning at 2pm.

Alien Games, card and game competition, returns to CBC April 1. Hosted by Alien Games in Jenks, this event is held regularly in our facility and continues to grow. More than 300 attendees are expected to attend. Visit Alien Games for more information.

The 2017 Pipeline & Energy Expo runs Tuesday, April 4 through Thursday, April 6. This national conference targets every aspect of the pipeline industry including engineering, construction, safety and more. The expo allows visitors to experience new technologies and network with energy industry leaders. Expected attendance is 550. Details can be found at Pipeline Energy Expo.

Project Cuffway Fashion Show returns April 7 in the Tulsa Ballroom. Presented by Tulsa-owned company Rustic Cuff, and owner Jill Donovan, the black tie event highlights customer creations using Rustic Cuff packaging. With more than 1,000 entries submitted the show is creative, entertaining and benefits the National Pancreas Foundation. Project Cuffway for more information.

Lifeway Christian Resources presents “Priscilla Shirer Live” in the CBC Arena on Saturday, April 8 from 9am-4:30pm. This globally simulcast event focuses on women and features teaching sessions, prayer, ministry and worship with Anthony Evans. Only Tulsa, Toronto and Knoxville will feature Ms. Shirer live with other locations watching the simulcast. More than 3,000 attendees are expected. For details, go to Priscilla-Shirer-Live.

Tulsa Habitat for Humanity hosts “Steel Toes & Stilettos” in the Tulsa Ballroom Saturday, April 8. This annual event features dinner, a live auction and live entertainment and funds the building of homes, community and hope in Tulsa. Please visit Steel Toes & Stilettos.

Oklahoma Reptile Expo returns to CBC Sunday, April 9 from 10am-4pm in the Conference Hall. The expo features all types of reptiles and accessories needed to keep them. Tickets are $6 for age 11 and up, $3 for children 5-10 and kids 4 and under are free. Check out OK Reptile Expo for more information.
The Salvation Army’s annual “William Booth Society” dinner returns to the Tulsa Ballroom on Tuesday, April 11. This year’s event features Marcus Luttrell, former Navy SEAL and author of the critically acclaimed book, Lone Survivor. Proceeds from the dinner remain in Tulsa and are used to help those in need with outreach programs, the Center of Hope homeless shelter, Christmas assistance and six area Boys & Girls Clubs. For more information, go to William Booth Society Dinner.

DAV/RecruitMilitary Tulsa Veterans Job Fair is in the CBC Conference Hall from 11am-3pm on Thursday, April 13. This event is for current/prior military and spouses and features employers and seminars to help veterans move into private employment. A national organization, RecruitMilitary is hosting their first Tulsa job fair at CBC. Pre-registration for current and former military is available here: Tulsa Veterans Job Fair.

The Alliance for Innovation Transforming Local Government national conference is in Tulsa April 18-21. With attendees from across the country and Canada, the event will attract government professionals with content focused on free thinking within a relaxed environment. Tulsa’s emerging downtown helped draw the conference here. See more at 2017 Transforming Local Government.

The Brainiac Ball, presented by Family and Children’s Services, returns to the Tulsa Ballroom Saturday, April 22. This year’s theme is “Imagination Constellation” and the event combines brains and benevolence to benefit FCS and their clients. For more information visit Brainiac Ball.

Career Tech’s SkillsUSA 2017 state conference is a competitive event for students in career and technical education programs. Contests begin locally and continue through this state conference and feature leadership and job readiness. More than 2,000 students are expected to attend April 23-25. For details, go to Skills USA.

Community Food Bank of Oklahoma hosts “Empty Bowls”, a hunger awareness dinner, in the Tulsa Ballroom Tuesday, April 25. The event raises awareness about hunger in Oklahoma and helps fund food pantries, emergency shelters, senior and after-care programs. The website Empty Bowls has more information.

Oklahoma Dental Association hosts its 2017 Annual Meeting at CBC April 27-29. This meeting brings together more than 400 dentists, specialists, hygienists and other dental staff. Featuring continuing education, exhibits, networking and social events, this is the state’s premier event for dental professionals. For more information, visit Oklahoma Dental Association.

Stage One Tulsa Regionals Dance Competition returns to the Exhibit Hall area April 28-30. More than 500 attendees with dancers of all ages are expected. This competition tours nationally. For more information go to Stage One Dance.

Revolution Talent Competition begins April 28 and runs through April 30 in the CBC Arena. Tulsa is one of more than 20 events nationwide with an attendance of more than 500 anticipated. More information is available at Revolution Talent.

Oklahomans for Equality celebrates “Family Ties” at the Equality Gala on Saturday, April 29 in the Tulsa Ballroom. One thousand guests are expected to enjoy dinner, a live auction and a live performance with special guests Meredith Baxter (from the TV show “Family Ties”) and comedienne Suzanne Westenhoefer. Go to Equality Gala for more details.

April Events:
1/ Little Light House Garden Party, Strong Towns Summit, Life in Color, Alien Games and a private event
4-6/ Pipeline & Energy Expo
7/ Project Cuffway, Private Event
8/ Tulsa Habitat for Humanity Steel Toes & Stilettos, Priscilla Shirer Live
9/ OK Reptile Expo
11/ Salvation Army William Booth Society Dinner
13/ DAV/Recruit Military Job Fair
15/ Private Event
18-21/ Transforming Local Government
22/ Family & Children’s Services Brainiac Ball
23-25/ Career Tech SkillsUSA
25/ Community Food Bank of Oklahoma “Empty Bowls”
27-29/ Oklahoma Dental Association annual meeting
28-30/ Stage One Dance Competition, Revolution Talent Competition
29/ Oklahomans for Equality Gala, Private Event
About Cox Business Center
Cox Business Center, formerly Tulsa Convention Center, is a 310,625 square-foot facility hosting an 8,900 seat arena with event suites, Oklahoma’s largest ballroom, 33 meeting rooms, and a 102,600 square-foot, column-free exhibit hall. The facility celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014 and has hosted more than 30 million guests over some 20,000 events in its history. Cox Business Center is managed by SMG the world leader in venue management, marketing and development and owned by the City of Tulsa.

About SMG
Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to more than 240 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theaters, performing arts centers, equestrian facilities, science centers and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 15 million square feet of exhibition space and more than 1.5 million sports and entertainment seats. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre-opening services for such landmark facilities as McCormick Place & Soldier Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston’s NRG Park and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions and catering company SAVOR, currently serving more than 140 accounts worldwide. For more information visit www.smgworld.com.

About SAVOR
SAVOR is the food and beverage division of SMG, the global leader in public facilities and special event venue management. Since its inception in 1983, SAVOR has specialized in creating menus that showcase local cuisine expertly prepared and presented to ensure a seamless dining and entertainment experience. SAVOR currently provides catering, concessions and special event services, to more than 130 facilities worldwide.

The company is also an industry leader in introducing green standards and programs to public facilities. SAVOR’s commitment to farm to table freshness and food quality features locally grown products for their venue clients whenever possible. SAVOR staff prides themselves on being on the cutting edge of the latest food and beverage trends in addition to searching out the most innovative food technologies available on the market. To learn more, visit www.savorsmg.com.