“Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can't remember who we are or why we're here.”  Writer Sue Monk Kidd’s idea is shared by Oklahoma’s statewide storytelling organization, Territory Tellers. We have been working for over a quarter of a century to keep stories and storytelling alive in the human heart and soul. 
Our annual Spirit of Oklahoma Storytelling Festival is a major effort to do just that in our state. And we are asking for your help in this mission. Please consider being a sponsor for our 2014 festival at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, June 13-14.
We launched this festival as a direct result of the 2005 National Storytelling Conference in Oklahoma City, presented by the National Storytelling Network. This conference highlighted the resilience and fortitude of Oklahomans and commemorated the tenth anniversary of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. 
A festival sponsorship would provide you with an avenue to reach folks who enjoy a good story, have a real commitment to deepening family and civic ties, and appreciate what you do in your work to encourage both storytelling and community relationships.
For the Spirit of Oklahoma Storytelling Festival, different levels of sponsorships are available and listed on the accompanying page, along with the various sponsor benefits.  We are, however, currently in the process of re-establishing our 501.c.3 status and cannot guarantee tax deductions.
Should you have any questions about the sponsorships, the festival, or the organization, please visit our website at www.territorytellers.org and contact any of our officers:
            President:  Tony Hardman (realchapman@yahoo.com); Phone: 580-651-3708 (mobile)
            Vice President:  Loralee Cooley (storyspinning@sbcglobal.net); Phone: 806-282-9529 (mobile)
            Treasurer:  Paulette Geeslin (pdgeeslin4701@yahoo.com) Phone: 405-412-8960 (mobile)
            Secretary:  Liz Parker (elizabethparker862@yahoo.com); Phone:  405-245-5388
Thank you for your time and thoughtfulness in giving this invitation your consideration.  Please expect a follow-up contact soon from one of the board members to discuss any ideas you may have.  And we look forward to welcoming you to the 8th annual Spirit of Oklahoma Storytelling Festival in June.

 (See the entry on the levels of sponsorship available)

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