WWW.CITISCAPES.COM | 41 Visit www.taylormckeen.com for more information about Tee Off for Taylor and the foundation. OPENING JUNE2019 The Tulsa Zoo presents Washed Ashore:Art to Save the Sea. Made entirely of plastic debris collected from beaches, Washed Ashore sculptures unmask the impacts of plastic pollution on oceans, waterways and wildlife. This exhibit is free with regular zoo admission. Last year nearly 400 people attended the reception, and this year organizers are expecting an equally large turnout. The event features silent and live auctions, hors d’oeuvres, drinks and a DJ. The event has raised more than $800,000 for Taylor’s foundation since its inception, and Ella says they look forward to increasing that number this year. One of the most impactful parts of the tournament and reception is the Angel Walk leading up to the registration table – a row of signs showing the faces of more than 200 children who have passed away from SUDC. “The players can see the faces of the children, and know why we are here. It gets them excited to play and to support us,” leadership committee member Jennifer Heiges says. The photos are then moved to the front of the country club to greet reception guests later that evening. And while Heiges acknowledges that the tournament and reception will have some sad and somber moments when remembering kids like Taylor lost to SUDC, the fundraiser is more about having fun and providing hope that answers can be found and that these deaths will eventually not happen. One of the most anticipated live auction items is a unique Dallas Cowboys experience that includes transportation by private plane, box seats at the game and other priceless perks. This year the live auction will also include a Goldendoodle puppy, as well as a Valentine’s Day package at Big Cedar Lodge. As always, the live and silent auctions will also feature one- of-a-kind vintage rhinestone jewelry pieces from Ella’s personal line of jewelry, Red Bird. Ella says the popularity of the event and the overall support for Taylor’s foundation have been amazing. “I am so humbled by the support Wes and I have received. We started the foundation because we wanted people to know about SUDC. And it has grown so much. We’ve been able to do so much for the community. I know we are making a difference in people’s lives.” ■