Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Tasty Soiree - 405 Magazine

Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Tasty Soiree

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma serves up a taste of Norman for its new philanthropic fundraiser, the Paris-inspired End of Summer Soiree.


Students are heading back to school, football is on the horizon, cooler temperatures are beginning to feel like a possibility rather than a pipe dream … autumn doesn’t officially begin until September, but this seems like a good time to celebrate the season’s end – especially given that the first ever End of Summer Soiree is coming up Aug. 20.

The new incarnation of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma’s tasting event is moving to the Sam Noble Museum, continuing the tradition of serving up samples from the finest restaurants in Norman and tantalizing guests with amply stocked live and silent auctions, but co-chairs Patrick and Gretchen Clark are expanding the festivities this year to evoke the splendor of La Belle France. The décor, live music and performances from street artists are all arranged to evoke the magical sights and sounds of 1920s Paris, and a Montmartre-inspired “Artists’ Alley” collects works by accomplished local creators for sale to the highest bidder.

Area director Blossom Crews opines, “I’m looking forward to the event because it combines some of my favorite things – food, wine, and bohemian Paris – all for a good cause. Ernest Hemingway called Paris a ‘moveable feast’ because the experience remains with you wherever you go, for the rest of your life. This describes the impact that we hope to make in the lives of our Littles. Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that will change their lives for the better, forever.” C’est fantastique! For tickets or information, visit