TEEM’s Annual Community Luncheon Offers Hope, Redemption to Program Participants

On Tuesday, May 17, 400 community members gathered at TEEM’s Annual Community Luncheon, this year themed “REDEEM.” The event helped raise awareness of the unsustainable incarceration trends occurring in the state and allowed TEEM supporters to assist individuals in the process of rebuilding their lives. This year’s luncheon was emceed by New 9 Anchor Lacie Lowry and featured a keynote message from Supreme Court Justice Douglas A. Combs.

TEEM’s luncheon was elevated by the continued support of event sponsors. With the support of key community sponsors, TEEM was able to articulate the obstacles and identify challenges facing many individuals impacted by incarceration while also providing participants an opportunity to shine in their best light.

“This year’s luncheon was a dream come true,” Lance Evans, public information officer said. “TEEM’s staff see the daily progress that our participants are making. This event was an effort to showcase the strength, talents, and perseverance of one of Oklahoma’s most ignored and stigmatized groups.”

One of the highlights of TEEM’s luncheon was the premiere of short docu-film REDEEM, produced by 1577 Productions. This is the third year that the Oklahoma-based production company produced a documentary for TEEM. This year’s documentary features TEEM participants Jillian Robertson and Shawn Wilson and showcases their work with employment partners Buy-For-Less and Kitchen 324. The production is sponsored by First National Bank.

For more information on TEEM’s luncheon and to view this year’s documentary, please visit teem.org.