Heart of Henry
Named for the compassionate heart of community philanthropist Henry Zarrow, The Heart of Henry features an annual banquet and award presentation. Mr. Henry dedicated his life to helping those who are less fortunate, and this event recognizes someone who shares the philanthropic vision he embraced — an individual who has dedicated his or her life to transforming the Tulsa community by helping others, inclusive of the Day Center.
In 2016 we added the Katie Eller Youth Philanthropy Award, given to an individual or group who, at a young age, had or has an affinity for the Day Center. The inaugural award was given to its namesake, Katie Eller, who raised more than $350,000 for the Tulsa Day Center as a child through her Lemon-Aid movement.
2021 Chairs: Karen and Joel Kantor
Save the Date
Thursday, February 18, 2021
Southern Hills Country Club
2021 award recipient: David Poarch
David Poarch is a native Oklahoman, growing up in the Oklahoma City and Edmond area. He attended Deer Creek High School when it was still a small school with 69 students in his graduating class. He earned his BBA in Economics from the University of Oklahoma and his MBA from Oklahoma City University while starting his career at First National Bank and Trust Company in Oklahoma City as a bond trader. He moved to Tulsa in 1986 to head the bond trading desk for First Tulsa prior to its merger with Liberty Bancorp, headquartered in Oklahoma City. He managed the taxable bond trading operations for both entities until he joined a business partner to launch their own investment firm, Pinnacle Investment Advisors in 1996.
David and his wonderful wife, Carol, have been married thirty years. They are blessed with three extraordinary children: Peter is an engineer for Williams, living in Houston. Haley is an engineer for AstraZeneca, recently returning from living in Stockholm. Kendra is in the Physicians Associate program at the OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City.
David joined the board of the Tulsa Day Center in 1995 after his neighbor, Sandra Lewis, asked if Carol would be interested in joining the board. She was busy with two young kids and her career and other volunteer activities, so he accepted Sandra’s invitation. She probably did not expect him to stick around this long. After serving various roles on the board over the years, David chaired the effort to build Hudson Villas, the permanent supportive housing program run by the Tulsa Day Center. David would like to than Sandra for introducing him to an organization that serves the members of our community who need its services most. He has met many inspiring Tulsans during his experience with the Tulsa Day Center and his life is better for it.
Previous award recipients
2018 – St. John Health System
2017 – Dr. Gerard Clancy
2016 – Dave Hentschel
2015 – President David Boren
2014 – Chester Cadieux
2013 – Walt Helmerich
2020 – Emily Lucas
2018 – Quinn Leos
2017 – Amy Coretz
2016 – Katie Eller
2020 – Cindy Johnson and Melissa Hair
2019 – CASHnip Kitty
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All proceeds from the Heart of Henry benefit Tulsa Day Center. The success of this event depends on sponsorships — learn more about how you can help.