American Tourist Returns to OKC’s Historic Farmers Public Market on May 10, 2024!

OKLAHOMA CITY – Upward Transitions’ annual fundraising gala returns to Oklahoma City on Friday, May 10, 2024, at the Historic Farmers Public Market at 311 S. Klein Avenue in the Downtown area. The event invites donors and guests to an evening of New Orleans-inspired food and beverages along with dancing and live music to raise funds for their charitable mission to “prevent generational poverty” in the Oklahoma City and Oklahoma County areas.

Oklahoma City’s Historic Farmers Public Market at 311 S. Klein Avenue

Each year American Tourist has a different travel theme featuring places such as Austin, New York, Chicago, Paris, and even a tropical cruise. 2024’s theme will be “New Orleans,” and the event will feature a “Big Easy” themed Cajun food buffet catered by The Social Deck as well as salads provided by Hideaway Pizza, desserts by Francis Tuttle Culinary Arts, and drinks sponsored by Cannon & Associates.

American Tourist – Austin 2023 Event

Ticket holders will enjoy a cash bar, live jazz by Justin Echols and his band, a large dance floor, and a welcome Second Line Band featuring Vince Norman.  Funds for Upward Transitions’ mission will be raised through live, silent, and online auctions; a raffle; a wine pull; and a jewelry pull all to take place during the evening’s festivities.

Talen Hobson, Ashley Hobson, Allie Naifeh, Brandon Kemp, Audrey Kemp, and Bill Kemp (L to R) at American Tourist – Austin Event in 2023

Tickets, reserved tables, and sponsorships are still available for purchase but are running out quickly. It was reported that in 2023 the venue was sold out. Admissions, reservations, and sponsorship information are available at

“We are so excited to host American Tourist again this year,” proclaimed Periann Pulliam, Upward Transitions’ CEO. “Not only is this event critical to raising funds to help members of our community, but it is a wonderful way to share our mission and our clients’ stories with new supporter.”

Pulliam added the event still needed volunteers and interested individuals or groups could go online to to sign up.

Upward Transitions is an Oklahoma County non-profit that serves families and individuals who are homeless, at risk of becoming homeless, or stranded by providing case management and stabilizing resources to help meet basic social needs.

Upward Transitions is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization located at 1134 W. Main Street in Oklahoma City

For nearly 100 years, Upward Transitions has touched the lives of Oklahomans in need. Upward Transitions’ mission is to prevent generational poverty through community collaboration, emergency relief, and empowerment, therefore inspiring hope in families and individuals experiencing housing instability.

Sponsors supporting the American Tourist Event for 2024 include a diverse number of both individuals and local corporations:

St. Charles Avenue Sponsors

Hattie and Tripp Bryant

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores

Esplanade Avenue Sponsors

Bank of Oklahoma

Cannon & Associates

Chicago Title Oklahoma

Claims Management Resources

Debby & Mike Hampton


Home Creations

Hugh Fudge and Randy Fudge


Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Scott Love & Larry Cassil and Joe Norton


The Chickasaw Nation

Timothy C. Dowd, Attorney at Law

Wade & Rebecca Brawley

Tulane Avenue Sponsors


First United Bank

Lopez Foods

McAfee & Taft

The Oklahoma City Thunder

Pat Rooney and First National Bank


To learn more about Upward Transitions or the American Tourist annual event, go to or contact Conna Dewart, Development and Public Relations Manager at 405-232-5507 or



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