Global Vision Gala
Each year, Tulsa Global Alliance recognizes and honors an outstanding organization and outstanding individuals for significant and lasting contributions to citizen diplomacy, global understanding, world political stability, religious accord, international trade or cooperative efforts to solve health, social, or environmental challenges.
A Look Back at 2020's Gala...
In 2020, TGA celebrated the 40th Anniversary of Tulsa's Sister Cities Partnerships. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, TGA held its first-ever virtual Gala. Emceed by Gitzel Puente, the gala honored the City of Tulsa, HANSON, and the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, and included special greetings and musical performances from Tulsa's Sister Cities plus a live auction.
The 2020 Honorees:
In keeping with TGA’s mission to build global community by fostering international partnerships, connections, and citizen-to-citizen relationships, Tulsa Global Alliance annually recognizes and honors an outstanding organization and outstanding individuals for significant and lasting contributions to citizen diplomacy, global understanding, international trade, or cooperative efforts to solve world challenges.
The City of Tulsa
Through the Office of the Mayor, Tulsa City Council, and many City departments, The City of Tulsa has been a steadfast supporter and partner of Tulsa’s International Sister City Program since our first Sister City agreement with San Luis Potosi, Mexico was signed in 1980. Tulsa’s Mayors, Auditors, City Councilors, and other officials have worked with Tulsa Global Alliance to promote exchanges and activities between Tulsa and our Sister Cities of San Luis Potosi, Mexico; Kaohsiung, Taiwan; Beihai, China; Tiberias, Israel; Utsunomiya, Japan; Zelenograd, Russia; Celle, Germany; and Amiens, France. Throughout the years, the City of Tulsa has carried out exchanges with our Sister Cities in firefighting, city administration, economic development, health care, museum and library administration, and many other fields. Thanks to the City of Tulsa, our Sister City program has received three times the Best Overall Program Award from the Sister Cities International organization.
Tulsa-based musicians Isaac, Taylor, and Zac Hanson of the band HANSON are multiple Grammy nominated, international recording artists recognized for their contributions to citizen diplomacy and global understanding through their music and charitable work around the world. For over 25 years, HANSON has cultivated a worldwide following through national and international performances on six continents. HANSON tours have helped alleviate poverty and support AIDS causes through pre-concert fundraising “walks”. Their strong Tulsa home base supports a recording studio and internationally recognized music festivals that bring thousands of visitors to Tulsa each year. Their work uniquely broadens Tulsa’s global footprint by introducing new global audiences to Tulsa’s deep musical roots. Tulsa is proud to be recognized as HANSON’s home, and TGA is proud to recognize Isaac, Taylor, and Zac Hanson as Tulsa’s very own Global Music Ambassadors.
The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation - Raymond and Nancy Feldman Lifetime Achievement Award for Citizen Diplomacy
The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation is recognized for its tireless and successful work to improve lives, strengthen communities, and advance social equity in Tulsa, Israel, and the world. Their programs to help young people worldwide develop citizenship and leadership skills for building their own global and peaceful communities are recognized nationally and internationally by so many. The Foundation has supported local global education initiatives sponsored by Tulsa Global Alliance and has shared its strong philanthropic story with TGA-sponsored U.S. State Department international visitors. A world changer for over thirty-three years, The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation is a highly regarded Tulsa treasure.
2020 Gala Honorary Chair
SISTER CITIES VIDEOS
City of Tulsa, HANSON, Charles & Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation (2020)
Cathryn Render/OSU School of Global Studies and Partnerships/General Thomas P. Stafford (2019)
Clifton Taulbert/Helmerich & Payne, Inc.(2018)
Michael and Suzanne Wallis/ SemGroup (2017)
Jim Halsey and Minisa Crumbo Halsey/ Roy Clark (2016)
Becky and Mark Collins/Air Power System Company/
Philip C. Lauinger, Jr. (2015)
Miranda and Phil Kaiser/ Cherokee Nation Businesses/
Yevgeny Yevtushenko (2014)
Dayal T. Meshri/ Rotary Club of Tulsa/
Nancy and Raymond Feldman (2013)
Kirby A. Lehman/ OU College of International Studies (2012)
The Honorable M. Susan Savage/ Dean P. VanTrease (2011)
Marcello Angelini/ The Jewish Federation of Tulsa (2010)
Mollie Williford/ The Anne & Henry Zarrow Foundation (2009)
Ken Busby/ CHASE (2008)
Susie Tattershall/ Tulsa World (2007)
Jessica Stowell/ Williams (2006)
Mayor Bill LaFortune/ Sister Cities Mayors (2005)
Nancy Feldman/ The University of Tulsa (2004)
Priscilla Harris/ The Boeing Company (2003)
Emily and Phil Wood (2002)
Richard Williamson/ T.D. Williamson, Jr. (2001)
Rodger Randle/ Eisenhower International School (2000)
The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation (1999)
Rosie and Charlie Brown/ Bob Portiss (1998)
Sara Sanditen (1997)
Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother (1996)