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Eat Eight ends July 31

Kendall Whittier’s most delicious contest, Eat Eight, will wrap up for 2020 on July 31 after a four-month extension.

Eat Eight generally happens during the month of March with entries due on March 31. Kendall Whittier Main Street, the event’s host organization, extended the deadline in mid-March after restaurants and eateries were forced to close due to COVID-19.

“We wanted those who started the contest to still get to finish it, so we opted to extend it until after the participating businesses reopened,” said Jessica Jackson, KWMS Executive Director. “Most business have now reopened regular hours or have served from their food truck.”

Participating businesses are: 918 Coffee, Calaveras Mexican Grill, Cancun International Restaurant, Dena’s Lebanese Cuisine, Fair Fellow Coffee Roasters, Freddie’s Hamburgers, Jane’s Delicatessen and Pancho Anaya Bakery.

As part of the contest, participants each at those eight Kendall Whittier restaurants and collect stamps. Once all eight are completed, entry forms are turned in for a chance to win the $800 drawing.

Once complete, entry forms can be mailed or dropped off to the Main Street office at 2205 E. Admiral Blvd., or emailed to info@visitKendallWhittier.com. The deadline is 9 p.m. Friday, July 31. Any participant who turned in their entry form in March is still eligible.

The winner will be selected and notified in early August.

Eat Eight is sponsored by Fowler Automotive. For more information or the for the full raffle rules, tap here.

Kendall Whittier Main Street is a nonprofit organization that inspires the ongoing revitalization and growth of a historic and cultural neighborhood in Tulsa, striving to transform it back to a thriving, walkable commercial district. Kendall Whittier is a Certified Cultural District.

Board Member of the Year: Maria Barnes

You can’t think “Kendall Whittier” without thinking about Maria Barnes. She has been named 2020 Board Member of the Year for Kendall Whittier Main Street. She will be recognized at the Oklahoma Main Street Center Banquet on Sept. 22 in Oklahoma City.

Dedicated to the neighborhood, Maria has been with the Main Street program since its inception nearly a decade ago and has built a career around improving the Kendall Whittier neighborhood and Tulsa in general. She leads by example, always volunteering to be involved in projects, volunteering at events or, most importantly, promoting the neighborhood and organization any chance she gets.

In addition to her role on the Kendall Whittier Main Street Board of Directors, Maria heads up the Kendall Whittier Neighborhood Association where she has opportunities regularly to promote the revitalization of the district and the work Kendall Whittier Main Street does.

She has been an instrumental volunteer in hosting an annual Christmas event called “Lights On” that provides healthy food and books for families while getting into the holiday spirit with Santa Claus, Christmas carols and bright lights on Whittier Square. She is a regular attendee of the Oklahoma Main Street Awards Banquet as well.

Kendall Whittier has always been about family to Maria. She and her late husband, James, could we found helping tear down events either after enjoying them as guests or after an evening of volunteering. After his passing, Maria remained committed to attending and volunteering at Main Street events just has she and her husband had enjoyed together all those years. Now, their adult children are seen frequently around the neighborhood, often volunteering on clean up days and at events.

Maria is currently a Community Outreach Director for Crosstown Learning Center in Kendall Whittier and is a former Tulsa City Councilor for the district.

With Maria’s history in the neighborhood, even before she was one of the founding members of Main Street, she is a wealth of knowledge and an amazing resource. Her final term on the Board expired in the summer of 2020, and the loss will be felt deeply. Fortunately, we know we always have a volunteer and ally in Maria.

Kendall Whittier Main Street welcomes new Board members

Kendall Whittier Main Street (KWMS) welcomes five to the Board of Directors after four Board members with a combined 33 years of KWMS experience have rolled off the Board.

The new Board members will serve a three-year term beginning July 1, 2020 and ending June 30, 2023.

Joining the Board are:

“We are extremely excited to welcome so many talented new members to our board, who we feel will bring fresh ideas, diverse perspectives and a new level of enthusiasm to help to Kendall Whittier to the next level,” said Eric Marshall, Board President.

Marshall, of Marshall Brewing Company, takes over for Trent Morrow, of Ziegler Art & Frame, as Board President for a one-year term, ending June 30, 2021. Craig Longacre is the President Elect and Ken Busby is the Treasurer.

“I want to thank Trent for his leadership last year. In that time, we created a new initiative with our dog calendar and started a brand new event, the K-Dub Grub & Suds,” said Jessica Jackson, director of Kendall Whittier Main Street. “We have a great executive committee coming in. Their passion for the district and foresight are the keys to a successful program.”

The 2020-2021 Board of Directors has a lot new faces as eight of the 13 Board members are either new or started in July of 2019. Rolling off the Board included two who have always been members – Maria Barnes and Stephanie LaFevers.

“It is very tough to term out several members that have been long-time dedicated contributors and collaborators on our Board,” Marshall said. “Maria and Stephanie were founding members and have certainly been champions of our neighborhood. Their love and passion for Kendall Whittier is irreplaceable.”

Other Board members whose final term expired include Michael Murnan, who joined in 2013, and Pat Treadway, who joined in 2014.

“A lot has changed in Kendall Whittier since these four Board members started,” Jackson said. “Their grit, determination and background knowledge is certainly going to be missed.”

The Kendall Whittier Main Street Board together averages about 750 volunteer hours each year, making up about half of all the volunteer totals organizationally.

“The Kendall Whittier Main Street Board isn’t for the faint of heart,” Jackson remarked. “They work hard for the organization and for the district. They make what I do easier and that much more rewarding.”

There are volunteer and committee opportunities available for those interested in getting involved in Kendall Whittier Main Street. For more information or to get involved, please call or text 918-633-1934 or email info@visitkendallwhittier.com.

Kendall Whittier Main Street is a nonprofit organization that inspires the ongoing revitalization and growth of a historic and cultural neighborhood in Tulsa, striving to transform it back to a thriving, walkable commercial district. Kendall Whittier is a Certified Cultural District. It was named a two-time Great American Main Street Award semifinalist.