Upward Transitions to Honor Tricia Everest at American Tourist Event

American Tourist Event Supports Upward Transitions’ Community Outreach Program OKLAHOMA CITY— On Friday, May 5, 2023, Upward Transitions will honor Tricia Everest, Oklahoma Secretary of Public Safety, at its annual American Tourist fundraising event hosted at Oklahoma City’s Historic Farmers Public Market. The annual fundraiser event supports Upward Transitions’ mission of preventing generational poverty in Oklahoma County through its Community Outreach program and services.

“American Tourist is our premier, annual fundraiser to support our mission,” said Periann Pulliam, Upward Transitions CEO. “We are thrilled to honor Tricia Everest who has had a direct impact on streamlining our process of providing homeless services to our clients. She is the recipient of the 2023 Upward Transitions Inspiring Hope Award, which we will present to her at the event.”

About Tricia Everest

Everest currently is the Cabinet Secretary of Public Safety for the State of Oklahoma. She serves as a Trustee of the E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation and Chair of Inasmuch Foundation’s Advisory Committee, continuing her family’s legacy of philanthropy while simultaneously crafting her own. Tricia focuses most of her time leading initiatives designed to help people find hope and purpose by creating pathways for stronger lives. She plays an integral role as the founding Chair of Palomar, Oklahoma City’s Family Justice Center which removes barriers for abuse victims to access the services they need. Tricia was also the founding Chair of ReMerge, which diverts mothers from prison and empowers women to build healthy foundations for themselves and their children.

About Upward Transitions American Tourist

American Tourist is Upward Transitions’ largest annual fundraising event. Each year, a themed destination transports guests to a travel location created through décor and attire for a night of fundraising to support the Upward Transitions’ Community Outreach program. Upward Transitions themed this year’s event “Cinco de Mayo,” which features live and silent auctions, wine and jewelry pulls, a raffle, live music and dancing, client stories, and an opportunity to learn more about the mission of Upward Transitions in Central Oklahoma.

All proceeds raised at the event 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 needs. 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 stranded, homeless, or impoverished Oklahomans.

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