Upward Transitions Raises Over $103,000

American Tourist Event Exceeds Fundraising Goal to Support Mission

OKLAHOMA CITY, May 11, 2022 On Friday, May 6, 2022, Upward Transitions hosted its American Tourist fundraising event at OKC’s Historic Farmers Public Market following a three-year hiatus due to the recent pandemic. The annual event raises funds to support the mission of preventing generational poverty in Oklahoma County.

“American Tourist is our premier, annual fundraiser to support our mission,” said Periann Pulliam, Upward Transitions CEO. “We have been hopeful all year that we could reconnect face-to-face with our supporters, sharing the many ways Upward Transitions continues preventing and reducing homelessness in our community through collaboration with partner agencies and the generosity of our donors.”

American Tourist is an annual fundraising event for Upward Transitions. Each year, a themed destination transports guests to a travel location created through décor and attire for a night of fundraising for the local community. Upward Transitions themed this year’s event “Hello Austin!” and featured an online auction, wine and jewelry pull, a raffle, local musicians, client stories, and an opportunity to gain more knowledge about the mission of Upward Transitions.

The boots and denim-dressed attendees celebrated the presentation of the Upward Transitions’ “Inspiring Hope” award to CEO of Land Information Services, Wade Brawley. The Upward Transitions’ Board of Directors selected Brawley for his community leadership, engagement in support of the mission of Upward Transitions, and his many years of service on the Upward Transitions advisory board.

The event funds raised allow Upward Transitions to serve those who are homeless or on the verge of becoming homeless by providing case management and stabilizing resources to meet basic social needs, equipping 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 one hundred years. Upward Transitions supports community development and advocates for those who are homeless or poor.

For more information about Upward Transitions, visit  www.upwardtransitions.org, follow on social media, or contact Upward Transitions at 405.232.5507.

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