American Tourist Event Raises $90,000

On Friday, May 7, 2021, Upward Transitions hosted a one-hour, live-streamed fundraising event, raising $90,000 to support the mission of ending generational poverty in Oklahoma County.

American Tourist is an annual fundraising event for Upward Transitions. Each year, guests are transported to a new destination. This year, Upward Transitions modified the event to an online virtual location with a Parisian theme. The “An American Tourist in Paris” event included an online auction, an opportunity to learn more about the mission of Upward Transitions, a wine pull, client and supporter stories, local musicians, and the presentation of the “Inspiring Hope” award to Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt.

“American Tourist is our premier, annual fundraiser to support our mission,” said Periann Pulliam, Upward Transitions CEO.  “This year, we weren’t sure what to expect hosting an online event instead of an in-person event as we have hosted in the past. We were very excited to exceed our fundraising goals! We are truly grateful to all our supporters for allowing us to continue this vital work in our community, especially during this unprecedented time of the pandemic recovery.”

The support of this fundraiser allows Upward Transitions to fulfill its mission of serving those who are homeless or on the verge of becoming homeless by providing case management and stabilizing resources to meet basic social needs. The goal is to assist individuals and families to reach their highest potential. Upward Transitions equips families and individuals with the ability to become self-sufficient and contribute back to their community. Upward Transitions is a private non-profit agency founded in 1925 and has served the Oklahoma County community for almost 100 years. Upward Transitions is dedicated to community development and advocacy for those who are homeless or poor.

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