December 2017 Around Town

Children’s Hospital Foundation and Love’s Travel Stops Launch New Program for Oklahoma’s Sick and Injured Children

Children’s Hospital Foundation and Love’s Travel Stops have partnered to help Oklahoma students who miss school due to lengthy hospital stays at Children’s Hospital connect with their classmates and teachers. CHF and Love’s representatives officially unveiled the Bear in the Chair program in Oklahoma Friday, October 13, at Heartland Middle School in Edmond. Jack Beaver, a 15-year-old student at Heartland, is the first student to participate in the Bear in the Chair program in the state.

The eighth-grader is being treated with a rod placement for scoliosis at Children’s Hospital. Representatives from Children’s Hospital Foundation and Love’s presented a 40-inch bear to Jack’s classmates last month while Jack underwent his initial surgery. The bear sits in his chair while he receives follow-up treatment. Classmates take the bear to different activities throughout the day as if Jack were with them. Teachers are encouraged to take photos to be placed in a memory book. The keepsake will be presented to Jack during his hospital stay. Participating students, like Jack, also receive a smaller bear to keep while he/she is in the hospital.

“Love’s is a dedicated partner of Children’s Hospital Foundation and an advocate for education, and the Bear in the Chair program will help us continue to empower and care for Oklahoma’s kids,” Jenny Love Meyer, vice president of communications for Love’s, says. “We are proud to be part of this program  that builds a bridge of compassion between the classroom and community.”

While the Bear in the Chair ensures no child at Children’s Hospital feels disconnected from his or her peers while receiving treatment, it also provides a support system for the patient and boosts spirits on the road to recovery. In addition to the small and large bears, each patient enrolled in Bear in the Chair receives a gift bag sponsored by Love’s designed to make the hospital stay a little more bearable.

“A long-term stay at Children’s Hospital for a child can be rather daunting. We hope through this program we can add some joy into the lives of children and help them stay connected to their classroom,” Kathy McCracken, Children’s Hospital Foundation executive director, says. “We are so grateful to Love’s Travel Stops for their sponsorship in this program and support for Oklahoma’s sick and injured children.”

Patients ages 4 to 14 being treated at Children’s Hospital for more than 10 days are eligible for the program. To learn more, contact coordinator Allie Floresca at or 405.271.2260, ext. 31597.

Victoria Woods, CEO of ChappelWood Financial Services Honored With 21st Annual Global Goddess Artemis Award

Victoria Woods, founder/CEO and chief investment advisor for ChappelWood Financial Services was recognized at the 21st annual Euro-American Women’s Council Global Goddess Artemis Award ceremony at the Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece. The Global Goddess Artemis Award is presented to notable women and men leaders from around the globe for their distinguished achievements in the fields of business, politics, academia and the arts. The end goal of this unique experience is the development of solid alliances and new prospects for all participants. 

Woods was honored for her work as a wealth management leader empowering and supporting women. 

In addition to serving as CEO and chief investment advisor of ChappelWood, Woods has been featured in Newsweek magazine’s “Financial Planning Guide,” and is the author of It’s All About the $Money, Honey! She has appeared on the Today show, Fox News, Fox Business, and CBS, NBC and ABC affiliates across the nation as a financial correspondent, and is co-host of It’s All About the $Money, Honey!” on NewsRadio 1000 KTOK in Oklahoma City.

She was selected as a delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business and served as a member of the President’s Advisory Board. She was also named the National Association of Women Business Owners “Best of the Best,” and nominated as one of the Journal Record’s 50 Most Influential Women in Oklahoma City. She currently serves as finance chair for the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women.


“An Affair of the Heart” recognized by Sunshine Artist magazine

“An Affair of the Heart,” Oklahoma City’s art show featuring quality arts, crafts, antiques, collectibles, accessories, gourmet foods and more was recently named No. 1 by Sunshine Artist, America’s premier art and craft show magazine. Shows in Oklahoma City are held in October and February at State Fair Park. More than 60,000 people attended the October show.