Thousands of Reasons 2017

Monday, November 13, 2017
Lincoln Learning Center, 425 Mercy Drive, El Reno
Doors open at 6 pm; dinner at 6:30 pm

Event Chairman:  Maribeth Von Tungeln
Auctioneer:  TE Mayo


Jay Hannah resizedSpecial host:  Mr. Jay Hanna
Jay Hannah is Executive Vice-President of Financial Services BancFirst, Oklahoma City.  He has been in banking for 33 years.  Mr. Hannah holds a BA/ED from Northeastern State University in his native Tahlequah, a Masters degree from Oklahoma State University, is a SLEP Graduate of the University of Oklahoma, and holds banking certificates from the University of Colorado’s Graduate Banking School and from the American Bankers Association’s National Lending School at the University of Oklahoma.  He is a charter class graduate of Leadership Oklahoma.
Mr. Hannah is a Citizen of the Cherokee Nation where he served as the Secretary-Treasurer and chaired the Nation’s first Constitutional Convention in 1999.  He has written extensively on Native Government Reform, and was a participant in Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government Executive Project on Native Constitution Reform.
A biographical sketch in The Oklahoman sheds light on the distinction of his profession by identifying him as a “connector.”  He connects customers to their dreams and ambitions; he uses his musical talent to connect the causes he supports to their goals; and, as a Cherokee and citizen of Oklahoma, he ‘connects practically everything with his heritage and upbringing.”
Mr. Hannah received his minor in history.  He says “history is a very vibrant weave in my personal tapestry.  Concepts of history, the continuity between the past and present, are very apparent.”


  • VonTungeln Bread, baked by David & Maribeth VonTungeln
  • 4 Thunder Tickets to the Jan 28th Philadelphia 76ers game with 2 parking passes donated by David & Maribeth VonTungeln
  • Also 3 hour rental of the 300 event center which includes the free use of 10 table linens. This can be used to host the party of your dreams.
Thousands of Reasons…………. $1000.00 Donors

BancFirst—El Reno
El Reno Tribune
Heritage Integrated Solutions
Option One

Winner’s Circle…………………. $750 Donors

MidFirst Bank

Gold Club………….. $500.00 Donors

Cavin Wrecker
C2 Security
El Reno Board of Education
Festivities Event Center
Fogg Law
Mark and Dana Gibson
Great Plains Bank
Hensley’s Best Western
King Electric
Mercy Health
OGE Energy
Ratliff Accounting
Russell-Murray Hospice
Wise Sales Company, Inc. and Stone Chase Stables

Silver Club…………….. $250 Donors

Advantage Insurance Group
Bill’s Auto–Gary and Terry Bates
Diffee Ford and Lincoln
Farmer’s Insurance Group–Bud Chronister and Jill Phillips
Handley Law
Lynn and Michelle Tate
El Reno Family Dentistry
Midwest Music
Old Republic Title
State Farm–Gary Baumwart
Ward Construction

Bronze Club………. $100.00 Donors

Bretz Computers
Carder Chiropractic
Dr. Karen and Larry Jennings
Rick Jones Buick GMC
Rinehart, Rinehart, Rinehart, Attorneys at Law
Schwarz Oil



El Reno Public Schools Foundation held our Annual “Thousands of Reasons” Gala honoring Distinguished Alumni and Educators. Our Distinguished Alumni honoree, Jeff Wills, is pictured with his family. We are so proud of his family and their accomplishments in servant leadership and “work that matters”.

Thousands of Reasons Gala
Thousands of Reasons Gala
Jeff Wills at erpsf gala
Thousands of Reasons Gala
Thousands of Reasons Gala
Thousands of Reasons Gala
Thousands of Reasons Gala

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